Solution: All AVI Files Can be Import and Edit in FCP 7 Now

Summary: Have problems importing (DivX, Xvid)AVI video to ProRes for FCP editing? This tutorial will show you what's the reason and what's the simple solution to fix the problem.

Problems when Importing AVI files to FCP 7

When try to import AVI footage shot on Sony Camcorder to Final Cut Pro 7, only to find the AVI files are grayed out and cannot import to FCP 7.

I have a number of files in .avi format that do successfully import to FCP 7, but only play audio. The video says "unrendered". When I tried to render, only to get the respond that there was no matching codec.

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Why Can't Import or Edit AVI in FCP 7?

At the very beginning, Final Cut Pro is not compatible with AVI video. Though from Final Cut Pro 6 to Final Cut Pro 7 add the support for AVI format, however, it still cannot import all kinds of AVI files. For AVI is a container video format which may contain various video or audio codec, if the AVI codec is not compatible with Final Cut Pro 7, we will fail to import AVI to FCP 7; or even successfully import to FCP 7, but the import AVI files will still not playable or editable.

For example, if your AVI files are not much more common AVI file type, encoded with a codec, like DivX, XviD, it can’t be directly imported into Final Cut 7, you’ll need to convert AVI to Prores that is FCP 7 compatible format for editing in Final Cut Pro 7.

How to Import AVI to Final Cut Pro?

To do that, you can use Pavtube Video Converter for Mac, which is a good app that supports converting all your favorite files including AVI to ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes Proxy, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 4444 video without losing any quality for using in Final Cut Pro 7.

Plus, you may also encode AVI to iMovie, FCE, Avid MC and more NLE programs highly compatible formats for smooth editing. Besides, it might help you change AVI to other frequent formats like MP4,MOV, MKV, etc for playback on media devices.

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How to Get Convert AVI to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro 7


1.When converting video to Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.

2.If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.

Step 1. Click the “Add File” button to select the AVI videos from your hard drive to this program. To save your time, this program supports batch conversion so you can add multiple files at a time. 

Tips: When the AVI files are loaded to the Pavtube Video Converter, you can view the videos from the Preview window. Simply select an item and click the “Play” button. When the video is playing, you are allowed to take snapshoot.

Step 2. Choose output format, to edit videos on Final Cut Pro 7 native codec, you are recommended to choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), it’s best for Final Cut Pro 7 editing. 

Read the difference of ProRes. 

• Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT); 
• Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP; 
• Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422; 
• Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows. 
• Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material. 

Actually, different Apple ProRes codec corresponds to different needs. Here you can refer to this article "Differences among Apple ProRes codec". 

Step 3. You can click “settings” to adjust the output parameters, like resolution, bitrate, etc. Don't forget the balance between video quality and size. 

Step 4. Click the “Convert” button to start converting AVI to Apple ProRes 422. After that, click the “Open” button to locate the output files and transfer the files to FCP 7 as usual. 

Launch Final Cut Pro 7, choose File >> Import >> Files..., and browse to where you save the converted AVI clips to. Choose the videos that you'd like to add.

Related program

Pavtube HD Video Converter / Mac Version: It is designed for converting HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon), non-protected HD or movies, DVR files (*.tivo) to other file types for playback on popular media devices like Apple TV, PS3, Xobx, Xobx360, WD TV HD Player.

Pavtube Media Magician / Mac Version: A nice camcorder assistant manager, lossless camcorder video joiner, MTS/ M2TS/ MXF/ MOV/ MKV/ TiVo/ WMV/ AVI/ MPG converter and editor. Meamwhile it supported upload edited video to YouTube directly.

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    AVI FCP (Monday, 20 June 2016 21:49)

    Great post for me. Keep working!

  • #2

    AVI to FCP (Friday, 24 June 2016 01:27)

    Thanks for your sharing! Good post!