Import from a digital still camera

You can import video and still images from digital still cameras. The steps below describe how to import video and still images directly into Final Cut Pro. You can also import your photos into a photos app and access them through the Photos Browser in Final Cut Pro.

To check whether your camera is compatible with Final Cut Pro, go to the following support page: Final Cut Pro X Supported Cameras.

Import still-image clips and video clips from a digital still camera

  1. Connect your camera to your computer using the cable that came with the camera, and turn it on.

    If your camera doesn’t appear on the left side of the Media Import window (either in the Cameras or Devices section), remove the camera’s memory card and insert it into the card slot on your Mac (if it has one) or into an external card reader.

  2. In the Finder, locate the DCIM folder inside the camera folder, and then locate the still-image or video files. The files may be in the DCIM folder, or in a folder one or two levels down. Devices and file structures vary by model and manufacturer.

  3. In Final Cut Pro, do one of the following:

    • Choose File > Import > Media (or press Command-I) and follow the instructions in Import from a hard disk.

    • Drag the files from the Finder into an event or Timeline in Final Cut Pro. The files will be imported using the import settings you configured in Import preferences. See Import from a hard disk.

After import, you may have separate audio files that you want to use to replace the video’s audio track. To do this, you can automatically synchronize the video and audio clips.