For Mac users mainly video hobbyists and independent filmmakers, Final Cut Pro really gives a best way to edit their DVD movies. However, before importing DVD movies to FCP 6/7 or FCP X for editing, you’d better do some work in advance. I mean the DVD videos requires to be transcoded into a format better suited to editing, effects, and color grading; this would usually be Apple ProRes, a native codec for Final Cut Pro. The transcoding to ProRes can be a fairly time- and processor-heavy intermediary step that pays off later with superior speed once the post production process begins. However, along with some help from third-party software, you can achieve your goal smoothly, below is a simple tutorial for you, guaranteed to easily and fast convert DVD to Apple ProRes codec for Final Cut Pro further editing under Mac OS.
Before anything else, you have to download an app that you are going to use later. You are required to download and install:
Specially designed for Mac users, the program is easy to use for editing and conversion. It supports Apple ProRes/DVCPRO/HDV/Avid DNxHD/Apple InterMediate codec encoding for using in Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Premiere, iMovie and more video editors with least quality loss. Besides, you can also rip DVDs to almost all other popular video and audio formats, including MP4, 3GP, AVI, MPG, MPEG-4, FLV, MOV, 3G2, VOB, MP3, FLAC, MKA, OGG, WAV, AC3, M4A, etc. and enables yo to enjoy DVD movies on your your portable devices and HD Media Players, including iPad ,the new iPad 3, iTouch 4, Apple TV 3 , Google Nexus 7 Android 4.1 Tablet and more.
Transcoding DVD to Apple ProRes (.mov) for Final Cut Pro (X)
The software works like most other DVD rippers I’ve used. Pop in your disc, choose Apple ProRes as output, and start the conversion. Then go get a cup of coffee (conversion takes time).
Step 1. Install and run the DVD Ripper for FCP on your Mac, then load your DVD files into it. You can also add DVD ISO/IFO, DVD folders to it.
Step 2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. You can click “Settings” button to adjust the output parameters including video resolution, birate, frame rate etc.
Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start converting DVD to Apple ProRes MOV codec for Final Cut Pro. Once the process completes, you can click “open” button to get the generated Apple ProRes video files and log and transfer them to FCP. In this way, you can succesfully import and edit DVD movies in Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X without problems.
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