The Audio and Video Formats That are Compatible with Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro is the video editor of choice for Mac users and has been used to edit many Hollywood blockbusters. With Final Cut, editors can quickly accomplish common editing tasks and produce videos in many industry standard formats as well as the Apple standard: QuickTime. Although QuickTime is the most common media format used in many Final Cut Pro projects, the program does support many other audio and video formats.

Video Formats Supported by Final Cut Pro

Before you can begin editing, you will need to make a decision as to which format to shoot your film in. The format chosen will determine the equipment used to edit the video, and also play a large part in how a finished video will look. Final Cut Pro is based on Apple's QuickTime technology, which supports a large number of digital video formats. QuickTime is a flexible technology which supports many of the latest video formats, such as:

DV Editing

Final Cut Pro provides native support for DV video by using your computer's FireWire port for the for capture and output of video. Final Cut Pro also provides native support for DV CAM, DVCPro, DVCPRO 50 and DVCPro HD. When working with these formats, you need no additional equipment to edit the DV material, and can capture, edit and output the material without any loss in quality at all.

Broadcasts, Digital Cinema and High Definition (HD) Formats

Final Cut Pro supports all of the latest broadcast, digital cinema and HD formats. It you have the proper equipment, you can use Final Cut Pro to ingest, edit and output popular formats such as Apple ProRes, AVC-Intra, D-5 HD, Digital Betacam, HDV, HDCAM, MPEG IMX (D-10), XDCAM HD/EX/HD422 and DPX image sequences. The program also provides ingest and editing support of REDCODE and AVC-Intra formats, and also allows you to output those formats in Apple PreRes and as DPX image sequences.

Project Interchange

You can easily use Final Cut Pro to integrate into existing broadcast and post-production systems. Final Cut Pro offers project interchange support in the following formats: EDL, OMF and the proprietary Final Cut Pro XML interchange format.

QuickTime Compatible Formats

Final Cut Pro is compatible with almost any QuickTime compatible format that is able to be imported or exported. This allows you to work with files created in a wide range of video and photo editing applications. You can use Final Cut Pro to import the following format types: AVI, DV Stream, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and QuickTime movie.

Audio Format Support in Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro also provides support for a wide variety of audio codecs and formats. You can use Final Cut Pro with audio files that are captured from tape, transferred from a digital recorder, or imported from an audio CD. For audio files, the program supports sampling rates as high as 96 kHz with a bit depth of 24 bits. Final Cut Pro is compatible with most audio devices, such as: CD players, DAT recorders and digital multitrack recorders. Final Cut Pro also supports the following uncompressed audio file types: AIFF, AIFC, Wave, Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) and Sound Designer II.

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