Can you edit MKV in FCP? When you try to do it, FCP may refuse to edit these files with an unhelpful codec error message displaying right on your screen. If so, you’ll need to convert MKV to ProRes 422/4444/LT/Proxy, a fully compatible format with FCP. Check out the solution here.
A further reading on MKV to FCP:
MKV video format is widely used by movies and videos and it is one of the most used video formats. I have to admit that it’s a good idea for us to edit MKV in FCP. With the latest version, people are fond of editing MKV in FCP X. You may have known that MKV is a container format which has so many different codecs. Many users have got problems when importing MKV to FCP X because the codec is not supported by Final Cut Pro.
Problems you may meet when importing MKV to FCP:
“I’ve some videos in .mkv extension and I’d like to edit MKV in FCP X for better visual effects. However, I always encounter importing issues when I tried to import MKV to FCP X. It seems that FCP cannot recognize MKV files. My friend told me that MKV won’t work in FCP and I need to convert MKV to ProRes 422 for FCP native editing. Is it possible? How to?”
Some main files formats recommended for Final Cut Pro:
Video Formats: Apple Animation codec, Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes(all versions), AVC-intra, AVCHD (including AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM), DV (including DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50), DVCPRO HD, H.264, HDV, iFrame, Motion JPEG(OpenDML only), MPEG IMX(D-10), REDCODE RAW (R3D), Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, XAVC, XDCAM HD/EX/HD422, QuickTime formats.
Audio Formats: AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV
Container Format: 3GP, AVI, MP4, MXF, QuickTime
Still-image Formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, RAW, TGA, TIFF
Best way to rewrap MKV to ProRes 422/4444/LT/Proxy for FCP:
Generally, we can use Log and Transfer or Log and Capture to import MKV to FCP for editing, but don’t expect it to result in top quality. From Apple official website or the information we mentioned above, you will know that FCP best supported video codec is Apple ProRes codec, which is native codec for Final Cut Pro editing on Mac. So we could depend on Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to rewrap MKV to ProRes with fast conversion speed and high quality preserved. The one used here can meet your demands with its simple interface but rich functions.
How to convert MKV to ProRes 422/4444/LT/Proxy for FCP editing:
Step 1: Download and have a quick installation. The trial version will have a watermark on your converted files. Except for that, there are no time limitation, no virus, and no unnecessary bundle apps while downloading. After that, click “Add Video” button to load your MKV videos. You can load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button.
Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes codec”, including ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want. Here, we suggest you to choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the best output format.
Tips: Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) have higher qualities. Apple ProRes 422 (LT) and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) have smaller sizes. You can choose according to your requirement.
Step 3: Do some simple edit work.
De-interlace: By default the Mac Video Converter will apply de-interlacing facility to some clips that are interlaced. Just click “Edit” to enter the video editor, switch to “Effect” tab, and check the “Deinterlacing” box.
Trim: Basically, video hosting sites restrict video clips to be in certain file size and length. For example, YouTube stated that “videos can be up to 2GB in size and 10 minutes long”. You can trim the video to desired length with this Video Converter for Mac. Simply click “Edit” menu>>“Trim” tab and set start and end time point.
Merge: To join multiple videos together, just select them in file list, and tick off the checkbox “Merge into one file” on the main interface.
Step 4: Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.
Step 5: When everything is done, you can take a preview by hitting “Play” button. If you are satisfied with the final result, you can click “Convert” button to finish the conversion work.
Conclusion: When the conversion is done, you can click “Open” to get your generated files. Now, you can edit MKV in FCP without any hassles.