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Importing DVD to use on Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Express

Posted by Edwin Smith to DVD & Blu-ray Solution
on November 29, 2012

With beautiful user interface, outstanding audio & video processing capability and cheap price, the Final Cut Pro (the latest version: Final Cut Pro X) is great for editing video footage and sound. This non-linear video editing software supports video formats that include DV, HDV, P2 MXF (DVCProHD), XDCAM and 2K film formats. If you have a Final Cut Pro project that requires you to get certain clips from several DVDs, you will need to rip and encode the movie on DVD disc first. Here’s how:



Step One: Download and install Pavtube DVD Ripper for Mac.

This great Mac app can rip (decrypt) media contents off any DVDs to your Mac hard drive, and convert them to a wide variety of video formats. And it offers optimized conversion preset for Final Cut Pro (FCP), Final Cut Pro X (FCP X) and Final Cut Express (FCE).


Step Two: Load DVD to the Mac app.

Load DVD to the Mac app. Launch the Pavtube DVD Ripper for Mac, click DVD disc icon from the menu bar to load DVD movie titles to the DVD to Final Cut Pro app.



Step Three: Choose the format that matches your project settings

Click the “Format” drop-down menu, then you will see the “Final Cut Pro” preset and the “iMovie and Final Cut Express” preset. Choose one of them depending on your project settings.



Step Four: Specify an output folder on your computer to save the video file converted from the DVD movie.


Step Five: Start DVD to Final Cut Pro conversion

Hit the “Convert” button to start encoding the DVD movie to FCP/FCE compatible video format. After a few minutes or hours, the Mac app will create a new video file from the DVD movie and save it in the output folder.


Step Six: Import the new video file to Final Cut Pro

Launch Final Cut Pro on your computer. Go to “File” > “Import” > “Files” to navigate to the output folder on your computer, choose the video ripped from the DVD and click “Open” to import it to Final Cut Pro. That’s it.



Now, you know how to import a DVD to Final Cut Pro. Just start the work!

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