Convert Blu-ray to use in Final Cut Pro 7/6/X on Mac (masOS High Sierra)

Diana Joan

Jun 21, 2014 06:58 pm / Posted by Diana Joan | Categories: Blu-ray


In the past years I have purchase many Blu-ray discs, and I need to get chapters and music I like from some Blu-ray contents and make them into my own film. Then how to import Blu-ray movie to Final Cut Pro to make some editings?

Blu-ray to Prores


Blu-ray movies are becoming more and more popular in recent years which offer high-definition images for us. However, still now, Apple might not be ready to add Blu-ray to its Mac computers in FCP. As a result, I can’t work with Blu-ray content with FCP correctly and this issue has confused me a lot, but luckily now I have found my way out, and I would share the experience here:

To successfully import Blu-ray movies to Apple Final Cut Pro to make your own masterpiece, the best way is to convert Blu-ray to Apple ProRes codec which is the best supported video format by FCP.

In this case, you will need a Blu-ray ripping software, here Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac is top Blu-ray Ripper software on the market which can fast rip/convert Blu-ray movies to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP without quality loss in a fast speed on Mac OS X (Mavericks included).  (Read Top 5 Best Selling Windows/Mac Blu-ray Rippers Review and get Top 5 Best Multi-track Blu-ray Rippers info)

Plus, this program can also convert your Blu-ray/DVD to Apple Proes with keeping surround sound track. What’more, it has many output formats has been optimized which are for portable devices and other editing software. Below are the detail steps for ripping Blu-ray on Mac to use in Final Cut Pro.

Get prepared

1. Download and install Pavtube ByteCopy for Mac.

2. Connect your Mac computer to the Internet.

3. Mac computer with BD drive.

Guide – How to convert Blu-ray to Final Cut Pro videos on Mac (masOS High Sierra)

Note: For Ripping Blu-ray to FCP on Mac, a Mac compatible BD driver is needed.

Step 1. Load Blu-ray movies

Insert the Blu-ray disc you want to convert into your BD drive and click “Load file(s)” icon to import the Blu-ray movies. Loaded Blu-ray movies can be previewed in the right preview window and you’re free to take snapshots of your favorite Blu-ray movies. In addition, you can select the subtitle and audio track as you like.

Blu-ray to FCP Converter

Step 2: Select output format

Set the right output format from the drop down Format list, here choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.

P.S. You can also backup Blu-ray Disc to Asus O!Play Mini Plus, a media server and edit Blu-ray/DVD in Premiere Pro CC, CS6, CS5.

Apple Prores Codec

Tip: You can click on “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters. Bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, sample rate, and channels are all changeable in the following interface, so you can adjust them according to your own requirements.

Apple Prores Settings

Step 3: Start to rip Blu-ray movies to ProRes

After all settings, press “Convert” button to start the Blu-ray to Apple ProRes 422 conversion for FCP under Mac OS X. After the conversion, import the ripped video files to your FCP for editing and get the chapters and music you want with ease.

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2. Let’s look at the Apple ProRes family:

1. Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and ProRes 422, the ProRes 422 (LT) balances incredible image quality with smaller file size and is perfect for digital broadcast environments where storage capacity and bandwidth are offen at a premium. While Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) supply higher video quality.

2. If you want to convert video to a ProRes format with a nice balance between image quality and file size, you’d better choose the Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov) format.

3. If you are editing video offline with Final Cut Server, the Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) is recommended here.

4. If you hope to retain the maximum possible quality of your camera footage, the Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov) is the ideal format.

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