“I want to edit MPEG in Final Cut Pro, and I am trying to import MPEG-2 files into Final Cut Pro X. I have the raw files from a Sony Handicam HDR-SR5 as well as raw files from an Sony Handicam MDR-CX560. These files were recorded as MPEG-2 files and copied from the camera hard drives (entire folders were copied containind the MPEG-2 fies) to a local hard drive on my computer. Final Cut Pro X does not recognize the files and will not import them. How to import these mpeg-2 clips into Final Cut Pro X? How to import MPEG to Final Cut Pro on Mac?”

There are many occasions where you may not be able to import MPEG into Final Cut Pro X for editing. This post analyzes why you cannot import MPEG into Final Cut Pro X, and offers a solution for you to successfully import MPEG into Final Cut Pro X for editing.

Part 1: Occasions Where People Cannot Import MPEG into Final Cut Pro

There are many occasions where you may not be able to successfully and fully import MPEG into Final Cut Pro. MPEG, although known very well and used widely, may cause some hassles for videographers and editors, especially those who use a Mac computer to do their video work. Final Cut Pro (FCP), the main professional video editing software on Mac computers, does not handle MPEG files really well as it wasn’t tailored to work with all the different video and audio file formats available out there. If there’s a video format that works best for FCP, it would be the MOV format (MP4 is also okay). That means that if you’re a video editor using a Mac computer wanting to use MPEG videos on your editor, you may have to consider doing some workarounds to successfully import your videos unless you want to encounter the following problems:

  1. #1. Whenever I attempt to import a .mpeg video, an error message appears. It says, “No importable files – None of the selected files or folders can be imported. Change the selection and try again.” How do I resolve this issue?
  2. The fault that is causing this error is FCP’s lack of the right codecs to decode your .mpeg video file. Without the proper codecs, Final Cut Pro cannot read your video file’s audio and video component. Thus, there is actually no file that can be imported in that case. Perhaps only the conversion of your .mpeg file to the .mov format using a codec supported by FCP will make things better for you.

  3. #2. My entire .mpeg is successfully imported into Final Cut Pro but I cannot edit it at all. What do I do?
  4. This problem seems to be brought about by compatibility issues. If ever you experience a successful import, but unable to edit it, you should realize that the .mpeg format just wasn’t made to be compatible with Final Cut Pro. It may be one of the video formats that FCP does not offer full support on. It is highly recommended to convert your .mpeg video to make it editable once you import it.

  5. #3. I was able to import my .mpeg video properly into Final Cut Pro but there is no audio. How do I make the audio work?
  6. Not hearing the audio of your .mpeg video file when you import it is a sign that only the codec used to encode the video component of your video file is supported by Final Cut Pro. It cannot decode the audio component but loads your video file anyway since at the very least, the video component can be decoded. This wouldn’t work for you if you really need the actual audio of your .mpeg video file. You can, however, solve this by converting it to the .mov format. Take note that the video and audio codecs that you will use for your conversion is supported by FCP or it still won’t work.

Part 2: Convert MPEG to Final Cut Pro Before Importing

In order to avoid these problems mentioned above, you need to convert MPEG to Final Cut Pro compatible videos. Both MOV and MP4 can be perfectly accepted by Final Cut Pro, therefore you can convert MPEG to MOV or MP4 if you want to import MPEG to Final Cut Pro. To do the conversion task, you need to make use of an MPEG to Final Cut Pro converter. As for me, I prefer Leawo Video Converter for Mac to others. As a professional and multifunctional media converter, it could convert up to 1080P videos between various formats, including: MTS, M2TS, HD MP4, MPEG, MOV, FLV, MKV, WMV, AVI, etc.


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Download and install this Mac MPEG video converter on your computer. Also, you need to make sure your MPEG files have been transferred onto your Mac computer for converting. After the installation process is completed, kick off the program and then follow the guide below to convert MPEG to Final Cut Pro on Mac.

Guide on how to convert MPEG to Final Cut Pro on Mac:

Step 1: Import source MPEG video files


Under the “Convert” module, click the “Add Video” button or directlry drag source MPEG video files that you’ve stored on your Mac into this MPEG video converter for Mac. You could get all information on the left processing list, import multiple MPEG video files for batch MPEG to Final Cut Pro video conversion, edit loaded MPEG video files, add 3D effect, etc.

Step 2: Set output format


After importing source MPEG files, click the drop-down box before the big green “Convert” button and then select “Change” option to enter the Profile window for output format setting. Since Final Cut Pro accepts MOV and MP4 format, you need to open “Format > Common Video” group to select MP4 or MOV as output format.


Optional: If you’re not satisfied with the video and audio parameters of preset output format like video codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, quality, frame rate, audio codec, audio quality, audio bit rate, sample rate and channel, you could reset them. After setting output format, re-open the drop-down box and then select “Edit” option to enter the Profile Settings panel. On the Profile Setting panel, you could freely set the parameters.

Step 3: Set output directory


When all the format settings are finished, save the settings and return to the main interface. Click the big green “Convert” button on the main interface to set output directory on the popup sidebar. You could open “Save to” box to browse desired folder as output directory.

Step 4: Convert MPEG to MP4/MOV for Final Cut Pro on Mac


At last, start converting MPEG to Final Cut Pro MP4 or MOV format on Mac by clicking the bottom “Convert” button on the sidebar. When the conversion is finished, you could import the converted MPEG files into Final Cut Pro (X) for editing.

Note: With Leawo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, you could not only convert MPEG files to Final Cut Pro MOV or MP4 format for importing, but also videos in vairous other formats like AVCHD, MP4, MPEG, FLV, AVI, WMV, etc.

Part 3: Export Final Cut Pro Videos to MPEG Video File


When you finish editing converted MPEG video files in Final Cut Pro, you can export what you have finished editing to MOV video files. But what if you want to turn those MOV video files into MPEG video files for playing on your MPEG video player? In other words, how to export Final Cut Pro videos to MPEG video file. Well, you cannot directly export Final Cut Pro videos as MPEG video format, but you can do so in an indirect way by converting exported MOV videos to MPEG videos with the help of the video converter mentioned above. The guide is the same as that of Part 2: source video loading, output format setting, detailed parameters setting and start converting. After converting, you can transfer MPEG video files to your devices for smooth playback.