Want to open an FLV file in Final Cut Pro? You can’t–at least, not directly. There are a few of methods of converting a FLV file into a format that can be opened in Final Cut.
- Apple Compressor -> Final Cut Pro
- MPEG Streamclip -> Final Cut Pro
- Handbrake -> Final Cut Pro
- Handbrake -> MPEG Streamclip -> Final Cut Pro
Final Cut Pro takes DV, AIC, and MP4. If any of the 1-step processes work for you, then it’s pretty straightforward.
I’m on Final Cut Pro 6.0.6, Compressor 3.0.5, and multiple versions of Handbrake and MPEG Streamclip, and I haven’t been as lucky! My exported files have been getting artifacts using the 1-step process with Apple Compressor and MPEG Streamclip. I’m seeing green blocks like this:
The Handbrake conversions to MP4 look good, but I haven’t been able to import them into Final Cut Pro. I got errors. My friend claims he can just open a Handbrake exported MP4 in Final Cut. I don’t know what version of Final Cut and Handbrake he’s using, but if you’re able to load it, then you’re done! If you weren’t able to like me (Handbrake 0.9.5 and Final Cut Pro 6.0.6), then here’s my solution:
- Open the FLV in Handbrake and export to MP4.
- Watch that clip. Does it look good? If so, then you’re in luck! Otherwise, this method won’t work.
- Load the Handbrake exported MP4 file in MPEG Streamclip and export as DV or AIC or MP4. You should be able to load this file in Final Cut Pro!
TIP: If your clip is very long, I suggest testing this method with a smaller section of your video clip so you’re not sitting around rendering all day.
Video conversions are time consuming and is probably everyone’s least favorite part of video editing. Hopefully these steps will make it less painful and save you time. Good luck!