The easy workaround for importing WMV files to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X for editing is to convert WMV to FCP compatible format. Here is the simple how-to.
A very common problem Mac users have is dealing with WMV files on Mac, including editing them with Final Cut Pro. Though Final Cut Pro comes a handy tool with a variety of cool features and supports any QuickTime compatible video format including DV, HDV, P2 MXF (DVCProHD), XDCAM and 2K film formats, but it just excludes what you own now – WMV files. The reason behind this it the fact that WMV files use Microsoft proprietary codecs that don’t work in OS X. This gets really annoying if you come across a WMV file and want to import the WMV files to Final Cut Pro for further editing on your Mac.
Fortunately, there are many third-party programs out there that allow you to convert WMV to Final Cut Pro compatible video formats. The article will show you the most trusted solutions to convert WMV files for editing in Final Cut Pro smoothly.
Converting WMV to Final Cut Pro
The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app called EaseFab Video Converter for Mac which can be used as a WMV to FCP Converter under Mac OS X 10.11 EI Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard 10.6, etc. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode WMV to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HD, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 4444 for seamlessly using in FCP X/7/6, MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, DNxHD .mov for Avid MC, etc., and it works well and converts flawlessly.
Step 1. Add WMV files to the WMV to FCP Converter
Drag & drop WMV files to the program. Or click “Add Video” button to locate the WMV files you want to add. Batch conversion is supported. BTW, if you have several WMV files and want to join all of them, you can just turn “Edit” menu at the top and choose “Merge into one”, you’ll see all video will be linked together in the list.
Step 2. Select Final Cut Pro as the output format
Click on the “Editing Software” and you will see options to convert your .wmv video for certain video editing software. Since you will be importing the video to Final Cut Pro after the conversion, have “Final Cut Pro” (Actually a ProRes encoded MOV file) be your selected output format to get videos that are highly compatible with FCP X/7/6.
Step 3. Start WMV to FCP Mac conversion
Hit the “Convert” button to start converting WMV files to Final Cut Pro format. During conversion, you can let this Mac Video Converter automatically run background and enjoy surfing on the Internet.
Once the conversion completes, you can click “Open” button to locate the converted ProRes MOV files. After that, run Final Cut Pro and edit your WMV videos with ease.