Apple Final Cut Pro- Working with Canon T2i footage in FCP

Summary: Ostensibly designed to appeal to first-time DSLR buyers and enthusiasts, the Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i / Kiss X4 Digital) offers a lot more technology. Central to the impressive specification of the EOS 550D is a high-spec movie mode which offers full HD capture at up to 30 fps, manual control over exposure, and the option to use an external stereo microphone. Video is an absolute highlight of the EOS 550D / T2i and it’s wonderful to have this degree of control in a camera.

All of these are great, till you find it is a problem importing the recorded H.264 MOV footages to Final Cut Pro for editing. Even the raw video could be successfully loaded to FCP, the film will looks quite jumpy. Generally the H.264 is a delivery codec rather than editing code. To get those Canon 550D/T2i videos work flawlessly in Final Cut Pro without rendering time, you need to transcode the video to a format more friendly for FCP, for instance, Apple ProRes 422 codec


If you have used your Canon 550D / T2i recorded many MOV videos and wanna transfer them into Final Cut Pro for editing smoothly on Mac, it’s good to convert the H.264 to QuickTime MOV, but the best choice is to encode Canon Canon 550D / T2i video to Apple ProRes format, beacause Apple ProRes codec is best supported by Final Cut Pro on Mac. If you’re looking for ease of use yet professional tool, I’ve had success using Pavtube’s HD Video Converter for Mac to convert Canon T2i mov to FCP native format – Apple ProRes 422. If you’re interested in doing likewise, check out the Mac MOV to ProRes Transcoder for Final Cut Pro.

In short, the program is an easy-to-use and intuitive Mac tool for camcorder users. It is good at converting *.tod, *.mod, *.mov, *.mts, *.m2t, *.m2ts, *.mxf recordings shot by Panasonic, Sony, and Canon camcorders and cameras to formats compatible with your video editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro (X), Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, and more. Below is a brief guide for you.

If you have the same problem about importing Canon 550D/T2i video into Final Cut Pro 6/7 or above (FCP X) for editing, you may follow the step-by-step guide.

Step 1. Assuming you have downloaded the Mac Canon 550D/T2i Video Converter to your PC the first step is to load your recordings.

Click ‘Add’ button, browse to the footages and load them to the converter. The converter supports batch conversion, so you can add multiple files into it to convert at a time. If you wanna combine several T2i videos into a single file, you can put a checkmark in the checkbox “Merge into one file”.

Step 2. Click on ‘Format’ bar to set a FCP friendly format in Final Cut Pro template. Basically, “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” is the best format for converting 550D footage to FCP. If you prefer smaller file size, choose “Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)” instead.


Tips – You can click “settings” to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want.

Step 3. Click convert button to start transcoding Canon 550D/T2i video to Apple ProRes for FCP on Mac.

Once the conversion completes, you can transfer the result ProRes videos to FCP. So there you have it. Now you may have gotta known how to convert/import Canon 550D/T2i video to Final Cut Pro for editing smoothly.

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