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How to Convert AVI/MKV/MP4/MPG/VOB etc. to Apple ProRes on Mac

    When you got some camcorder videos AVCHD (mts), MP4, MOV, MXF or some common files like AVI, MKV, FLV, etc, one of the most common questions that we get from people is “What's your post-workflow?” Truth be told – most of it is actually simple. In this article, we focus on the workflow of videos to Final Cut Studio.

    It will be extremely simple for you given that you work with Final Cut Pro – with Apple’s ProRes codec. What this means is that you can convert videos to the higher quality (and less compressed) ProRes format. (Learn more about Apple ProRes Codec.)

    Why do you need to do this? Most software does not support the editing of H.264 MP4/MOV, AVCHD, MXF footage or videos natively – some do. Final Cut Pro doesn’t – you’ll find that it can crash every few minutes – or worst – every few seconds. Or even the top end Mac Pro You’ll find that the video is extremely choppy, and that it can be close to impossible to do frame-accurate edits.

    How do you do it? As we mentioned above, for Final Cut Pro, ProRes is best format. So, encoding videos to ProRes will make the workflow easy and smooth. Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac is the one of the possible solution for you. It works as the best ProRes converter for Mac. With it, you can convert MTS, MXF, AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, MP4, VOB, MPG, MPEG, 3GP and more to Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), Apple ProRes 422(HQ) (*.mov), Apple ProRes 422(LT) (*.mov), Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov), etc. Thanks to the intuitive interface, all the operations can be done in clicks. Now just get the program and follow the steps below to convert movies to ProRes on Mac OS X (Mountain Lion, Mavericks included).

    Download the ideal ProRes Converter for Mac:

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    Step 1. Import files to this converter

    After free download and running ProRes Converter Mac, just click add button to upload videos to this program. Batch conversion is fully supported so you can add many videos at a time.


    Step 2. Choose ProRes as the output format

    Click the format bar and choose output format. To convert movies to ProRes videos, simply select Final Cut Pro preset, and select one from ProRes, ProRes (HQ), ProRes (LT), ProRes (Proxy) or ProRes 4444 as the export format.


    1. If necessary, tap the “Settings” icon to customize the video/audio settings for Final Cut Pro.

    2. Before the conversion, you can click Edit to customize your video files by trimming, cropping, adding watermarks, attaching subtitles and more.

    Step 3. Start ProRes Mac conversion

    Now, just hit the Convert button on the bottom right of the program window, and start transcoding videos to Apple ProRes with this top ProRes Converter.

    When conversion finished, just click "Open" button in the main interface to find the Apple ProRes files. Now you may go ahead to show your creativeness on editing them with Final Cut Pro at ease.

    Related Guides:
    Uploading MPEG-2 (.mpg) files into Final Cut Pro X
    Converting MP4 files to ProRes for Final Cut Pro
    Tricks for importing media to Final Cut Pro X
    Converting MKV/AVI/WMV to Apple ProRes for FCP X