Edit Sony Handycam DCR-SR MPEG-2 Videos in Final Cut Pro X

For those Sony Handycam DCR-SR camcorder users, have you ever confused in importing your MPEG-2 videos to FCP X foe editing? As we all know that we cannot directly edit videos in FCP X except the ProRes, we are going to introduce you a professional MPEG-2 to FCP X converter to help you convert Sony MPEG-2 to FCP supported formats.


Questions: “I am trying to import MPEG-2 files into Final Cut Pro X. These files were recorded as MPEG-2 files and copied from the camera hard drives to a local hard drive on my computer. Final Cut Pro X does not recognize the files and will not import them. Pls help me. Thank you.”

The Sony DCR-SR supports MPEG2 file format during video recording, which can even be watched on a laptop or computer. But if you wanna edit the MPEG-2 recordings in FCP X or other hot NLEs, we may meet some troubles there. On the other hand, it is not strange that FCP X cannot recognize the MPEG-2 files, also including others like MPEG-4/H.264 or H.265 etc. We exactly need a professional Sony DCR-SR to FCP X converter as a big favor.

What we need: Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac

With this powerful video converter program, you can effortlessly transcode MPEG-2 to FCP friendly movie format ProRes. Besides Final Cut, this software can also export AIC for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer and more NLE systems. It can offers us a faster speed and easy operation, also you can keep the original high definition if you want. Below is the detailed guide on converting MPEG-2 clips to Final Cut Pro X friendly videos for smoothly playback and editing.

Guide on how to convert Sony DCR-SR MPEG-2 to FCP X ProRes MOV:

Step 1.Download and run MPG to ProRes MOV Converter on Mac, and then click the “Add” button to import the MPG/MPEG videos to the program. (Drag and Drop is also a convenient way to load the videos.)


Step 2. Then come to the output list, we can suggest you to choose the ‘ProRes 422 MOV’ from the ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. There are several ProRes codec we can select for FCP, just choose one you think as the most suitable one.


Tips: Click “settings” to customize the output parameters- adjust the video size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel, etc to get a decent video for editing in Final Cut Pro.

For a final step, click the “Convert” button to start converting Sony Handycam DCR-SR MPEG-2 to ProRes for FCP. After the conversion, click the ‘Open’ button to locate the output files and transfer the files to FCP X as usual.

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