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How to Import and Rip DVD to Final Cut Pro (X) on Mac/PC for Editing Further


"I have a wonderful DVD borrowed from my roommate, and I wish to import this DVD to my Final Cut Pro for editing and using some of the video in another project. However, every time I've tried to put DVD to FCP I received an error code. Any suggestion? By the way, I want the picture quality to be as best as possible. Thanks in advance."- Sandy


Final Cut Pro is definitely the best tool to edit and make your personalized videos or movies on Mac. However, like other Apple apps such as QuickTime and iMovie, Final Cut Pro doesn't support DVD formats. To add DVD to Final Cut Pro (X) for editing, you need to rip DVDs to Final Cut Pro formats.

Final Cut Pro video formats: Apple Animation/Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes(all versions), AVC-intra, AVCHD (AVC-LongG, AVC-Intra Class 50/100/200/4:4:4 and AVC-Intra LT), DV (DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50), DVCPRO HD, H.264, HDV, HEVC, iFrame, Motion JPEG(OpenDML only), MPEG IMX(D-10), REDCODE RAW (R3D), Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, XAVC, XDCAM HD/EX/HD422, QuickTime formats, XF-AVC, XF-HEVC.

Rip and Import DVD to Final Cut Pro (X) with Best Quality

MacX DVD Ripper Pro can easily convert and put DVD movies into Final Cut Pro (X). It's able to rip DVD to MP4, MOV, H.264, HEVC, and other Final Cut Pro (X) formats. It will remove any protection from a DVD such as region codecs, RCE, CSS, Sony ARccOS, APS, bad sectors, 99 titles, etc. The Hardware Acceleration, Hyper-Threading, batch conversion, and Multi-Core CPU processing tech will ensure fast DVD to Final Cut Pro ripping speed. And the High Quality Engine will retain the best possible output quality for later editing.

The following steps will show you how to import and rip DVD movie to Final Cut Pro (X) on Mac. MacX DVD Ripper Pro is engineered with a sleek interface, with which you will make a hassle-free DVD ripping.

Step 1: Download the DVD Ripper on Mac

Free download this DVD to FCP ripper on Mac OS X, import DVD you want to edit by means of clicking "DVD Disc" button. Alternatively, you can import this disc by hitting "DVD Folder". It is compatibile with the latest Mac Studio, MacBook, iMac.

Step 2: Choose FCP Output Format

Once you finish importing disc, this software pops up a profile window where you can choose the output format directly, such as Final Cut Pro, iMovie, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, etc. That means you can easily rip and transfer DVD to iPhone (newest iPhone included), DVD to iPad, DVD to Samsung, etc.

Rip DVD to Final Cut Pro

Step 3: Edit the DVD Video

There are some basic editing features provided: back on the main interface, click the Edit button next to the selected title, then you can crop video file size, trim video segment, merge video files, import external subtitle file (*.srt), etc. if necessary.

Step 4: Start DVD to Final Cut Pro Conversion

After finish the above steps, click the "RUN" button to start to rip DVD to Final Cut Pro format.

import DVD to FCP for editing

It delivers significantly improved performance on the accessibility to the latest copy protected DVD movies, attributing to the new DVD Navigator Analysis technology that enables you to rip new Disney copy protected DVD on Mac all of a sudden.

Step 5: Import the DVD Video to Final Cut Pro (X)

Several minutes later, you will get a DVD video in a format supported by Final Cut Pro (X). To import the DVD video into Final Cut Pro, click File on the top menu bar > select Import > and choose Media or hit Command+I on your keyboard. Select the DVD video from your local Mac and it will be loaded into the Final Cut Pro.

Alternatively, you can open a Finder, find your DVD video and simply drop the DVD file directly into your timeline in Final Cut Pro. 

If you are not familiar with how to use Final Cut Pro to edit DVD movies or videos, here is the Final Cut Pro tutorial for your reference.

how to import DVD to FCP for editing

Notice: The software developer only encourages you to rip DVD for legal personal use, instead of illegal reproduction or distribution of copyrighted content. Please obey your local DVD copyright law before doing it. DO NOT do harm to others' lawful rights and interests.