Convert Canon Rebel T3i/T4i MOV to ProRes for FCP

This brief guide will show you the easy way to convert Canon T4i/T3i H.264 MOV footages to FCP with Apple ProRes 422 codec for editing without any issues.

I get a "Import Error" & "The following 1 video(s) can not be read: " when load my t4i .mov footage in Final Cut Pro. It will render the first couple videos but not all of them. Some footage is from t4i and the rest t3i. Pleae advise what I am doing wrong. Any reliable workflow recommended?

In fact, Canon T4i/T3i videos are saved in 1080p .mov format with H.264 codec, but this MOV video format came from EOS T3i/T4i is a full HD format that is highly compressed, so you can not easily and directly import and edit Canon T3i/T4i HD mov files on Mac with Final Cut Pro.


It's kind of a hassle, but as we know, FCP is super stable and fast with Apple Prores codec.

To edit Canon T3i/T4i recorded MOV footages in FCP, you need to transcode Canon MOV to Prores first. 


To accomplish this goal, Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac, a top Mac Canon h.264 MOV Converter for FCP, released by Pavtube is a excellent tool to convert MOV files from Canon T3i/T4i to Apple Prores with ease. For Canon EOS camera users, it is a best choice to import MOV footage from Canon DSLR to FCP. 


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Transcode Canon T3i/T4i 1080p HD mov files on Mac to Final Cut Pro for editing

Step 1. Load H.264 .mov footage to Canon MOV Converter.

Transfer h.264 encoded .mov files from T3i/T4i your Mac HDD via USB cable. Run Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac as the best Canon MOV to FCP Converter, and click the "Add" button to load .mov footage.

Step 2. Set a FCP friendly codec (e.g. Apple ProRes 422) as export format.

Click on "Format" bar and set a FCP friendly codec in dropdown-list.

You are advised to follow "Final Cut Pro" template and choose "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as export format. H.264 codec has a much higher compression ratio than Apple ProRes, so the ingested files are significantly larger than the original files.

If you prefer smaller file size, choose "Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)" instead.

The "Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)" format offers file size at SD levels and is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings.  

Step 3. Set possible best quality for FCP editing.

Click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/ audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. E.g. Set video size to 1920*1080 when you feel like to keep 1080p as the source file features. Or set "original" in video bitrate drop-down list to keep best quality. You may skip this step as well as default format works well with FCP too.

Step 4. Start the process to convert Canon EOS T3i/T4i mov files to ProRes 422 for FCP workflow by clicking the big "Convert" button.

Tips: Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP X user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

Once the conversion is finished, you can click "Open" button to get the output files effortlessly. Now you have got it right, feel free to import and edit converted load Canon Rebel T3i/T4i mov files to Final Cut Pro.

Additional editing features of the Pavtube Canon MOV to ProRes Converter:

1. Combine files together- check the files to be merged in file list and check 'Merge into one' box beside 'Settings' button.

2. Deinterlace- click 'Editor', switch to 'Effect' tab, find 'Deinterlacing' box, and check it to eliminate interlacing lines.

3. Thumbnail- click 'Snapshoot' button when previewing the video. Click 'Option' to set the image format of screenshots.

4. Trim a section of the movie- click 'Editor', switch to 'Trim' tab, and input time point in start and end box.

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