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Topic: What's the Best Video Format Supported by Final Cut Pro for Video Editing
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I have been using FCP for several years, and oddly enough I have never paid much attention to the editing format, or what format would work best with Final Cut Pro. Since FCP always changes the sequence settings to match what format video I import I have just never taken the time to learn more about it. What thoughts do you guys have on what the very best compression or format that works in Final Cut Pro? - Apple Support Communities

Final Cut Pro is a non-linear video editing software which provides non-destructive editing of any QuickTime-compatible video format including DV, HDV, P2 MXF (DVCProHD), XDCAM (via plug-in), and 2K film formats. It is said that FCP made up 49% of the United States professional editing market according to a 2007 SCRI study. Such strong user group still leads to some video format incompatibility issues with Final Cut Pro. This is why many people wonder the best video format for Final Cut Pro so as to edit video in it at liberty. If you are not sure what file types final cut pro support, find your answer here and get the best video and audio formats for editing in FCP.

Recommended File Formats Supported by Final Cut Pro

Prior to the video editing, the most basic decision you need to make is what's the best video format for final cut pro editing, so that you can finish your editorial work easily. Broadly, you can import and work with the following video and audio formats in Final Cut Pro for editing.

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

Tips: Final Cut Pro uses QuickTime technology, which means you can import and export almost any almost any QuickTime-compatible file format or import the abovementioned file formats. But for other formats like WMV, RM, MKV, MPG, etc, you'll need a video converter to make some video conversion to ensure an unlimited video editing in FCP.

Best Video or Audio Settings for Final Cut Pro

An unbounded video editing in Final Cut Pro also depends on the settings besides the file formats FCP support. If you know what are the best audio or video settings your Final Cut Pro support, you can get a better result for editing in FCP. Below is the recommended audio and video specifications for you to learn the best video format for Final Cut Pro.

Recommended Video and Audio Settings for Final Cut Pro

Best Video Format for Final Cut Pro: MP4, MOV

Aspect Ratio: Native aspect ratio without letterboxing (examples: 4:3, 16:9)

Resolution: You can choose different resolutions, all the way to 5K. The lowest resolution supported is 640 x 480. You cannot choose custom resolutions or aspect ratios. This is a huge negative.

Frame Rate: The lowest frame rate possible is 23.976p, and the maximum is 60p. No 12 or 18 fps options.

Audio Settings: Generally, audio only has 'Surround' or 'Stereo', and the maximum audio bit depth isn’t specified. Squence audio is always mixed using 32-bit floating-point values. Tips: Final Cut Pro allows you to directly import any audio file format compatible with QuickTime. However, only uncompressed file formats should be used for editing.

Note: The format of your Final Cut video clips and Final Cut sequence settings can have a dramatic effect on the ease of editing your movie and on your final image quality. Your Final Cut Pro will run slow if your clip and sequence settings are in disorder. Please keep in mind your destination for the footage (DVD, YouTube, iPhone, iPad, etc.) will determine the best choice and the typ

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