Decode Blu-ray to Prores LT mov for Final Cut Pro projecting

The Final Cut Pro won't import or project Blu-ray movies directly. The easy workaround is to decode Blu-ray to a more "edit" friendly Prores LT codec at first. Here is how.


I generally decode BDs to ProRes (LT) so I can project the films or edit certain scenes to show as part a film history education series that I present a couple of times a month. Since all that is done from my MacBook it’s great to be able to serve the film from there as well. For The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, I’ll talk about how 20th Century Fox and studio head Darryl Zanuck was really leading the way in better and more mature films in Hollywood in the late 1940's and early 1950's. 

Rip Blu-ray to FCP


Final Cut Pro kicked off a storm in the video-editing field when Apple first released it. For those who want to edit Blu-ray in Final Cut Pro and project it as a film, it isn’t without hiccups because FCP 7/X does not support Blu-ray importing. Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix this problem.

To put Blu-ray to FCP for editing on Mac, you need a professional Blu-ray to FCP converter that is best suit your Mac computer. Pavtube BDMagic for Mac will be a great helper, which enables you to easily rip and convert Blu-ray and DVD to Final Cut Pro friendly Prores LT mov video format and import your Blu-ray movie for editing on it in one fell swoop. Read review.

The following steps will show you how to import and rip Blu-ray movie to Final Cut Pro on Mac. After the simple and clear instructions, you would find it really easy to finish Blu-ray to FCP conversion on Mac.


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Decode Blu-ray to Final Cut Pro for editing and projecting with ease

1. Load Blu-ray movies

First, insert your Blu-rays into Blu-ray Drive, and then drag the Blu-ray files to the program; Or you can click "Disc" icon to draw into Blu-ray movies you want to rip. Alternatively, you can hit "Load IFO/ISO" button to import Blu-ray ISO files.

Blu-ray to Prores LT Converter

2. Select output format

Click "Format" bar to select Final Cut Pro -> Apple Prores 422(LT)(*.mov) as output format to get a small size video. You can also convert your Blu-ray to other video format like MP4, AVI, MOV, MKV, etc.

Prores LT codec


Before conversion, you can click "Settings" button right besides "Format"and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Prores LT settings

3. Start Blu-ray to Prores LT MOV conversion and then add videos to Final Cut Pro

When all the settings are fine, click the Convert button to start converting your Blu-ray movies to FCP Prores LT  MOV files. Whne the conversion completes, locate the results videos ready to imported into Final Cut Pro. You can edit your treasured Blu-ray videos within Final Cut Pro freely as you like.

Additional Tips:

1) If you want to edit Blu-ray clips in Avid Media Composer, you just need to choose the "Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" as output format in the second step; For iMovie, choose "iMovie -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" as output; For Premiere Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output.

2) This Blu-ray to ProRes Converter Mac offers optimized Blu-ray video editing functions, empowering user to crop video file size, trim video segment, merge video files and so on to realize different needs.

About Apple ProRes:


  • ProRes 422 (Proxy): For craft editing or offline editing on a MacBook or MacBook Pro.
  • ProRes 422 (LT): For projects such as news, sports, and multicam events that require reduced file sizes at broadcast quality.
  • ProRes 4444: For compositing and digital workflows that require the highest-possible image fidelity.
  • Apple ProRes 422 (HQ): This codec preserves visual quality at the same high level as Apple ProRes 4444, but for 4:2:2 image sources, and offers visually lossless preservation of the highest-quality professional HD video that a (single-link) HD-SDI signal can carry. 
  • Apple ProRes 422: This codec offers nearly all the benefits of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), but at 66 percent of the data rate for even better multistream, real-time editing performance. 

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