Dealing with MPEG-2 with iMovie and Final Cut Pro

Final Cut Pro imovie video tutorial






If you edit movies with your Mac frequently, you may have wondered once in your lifetime why iMovie or Final Cut Pro doesn’t let you import MPEG-2 files to the application? If you know the answer, then you should know the best way of using MPEG-2 files with iMovie or Final Cut Pro.

In this video tutorial, we use Squared 5’s MPEG Streamclip and Major’s ffmpegX to make an MPEG file readable with iMovie and Final Cut Pro. An MPEG-2 file that we use in this video tutorial comes from Internet Archive.






MPEG-2 Final Cut Pro iMovie MPEG-2 Final Cut Pro iMovie





  • iMovie version: 6.0.3
  • Final Cut Pro version: 5.0.4
  • MPEG Streamclip: 1.8.1
  • ffmpegX: 0.0.9x
  • VTC version: 1.0
  • Video length: 7 minutes 43 seconds
  • Video format: QuickTime
  • Video compression: H.264
  • Video resolution: 720 x 540 pixels
  • Audio effects: Enabled
  • Audio commentary: Enabled




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