Import from iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Importing media from iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch is the same as importing it from a file-based camcorder, camera, or device.

Import from iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer using the Dock Connector to USB cable that came with it. (If another application opens, close it.) Then turn on your device and unlock it.

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

    • Choose File > Import > Media (or press Command-I).

    • Click the Import Media button on the left end of the toolbar.

      Import Media button in toolbar

    The Media Import window appears.

  3. If necessary, select your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from the Cameras section on the left.

    You can play back your media using the playback controls or skim it by moving the pointer forward or backward over a filmstrip.

    You can also do any of the following:

    • To change which device to import from: Click the device in the Cameras section.

    • To change the way the clips appear: Click the Clip Appearance button in the bottom-right corner of the Media Import window.

    • To switch between filmstrip view and list view: Click the List View and Filmstrip View buttons at the bottom of the Media Import window. (Connected file-based cameras and camera archives only.)

      Note: When you select a clip in list view, a filmstrip for the selected clip appears at the top of the Browser. The filmstrip is fully interactive, allowing access to start and end points, markers, and keywords.

    • To sort clips in list view by data such as duration, creation date, rating, keyword, file type, and so on: Click the column headings at the top of list view. For more information about list view, see Import from a hard disk.

    • To add folders of frequently used media to the Favorites section: Drag them from list view.

      To remove a folder from the Favorites section, Control-click the folder and choose Remove from Sidebar in the shortcut menu.

    • To automatically close the Media Import window when the import begins: Select the “Close window after starting import” checkbox.

    • To add a folder to the list view by dragging: Drag the folder from the Finder to the list view and browse its contents in list view.

    Media Import window displaying media on connected device

    Note: By default, the Media Import window is set to show video clips only, but you can display photos only or both video clips and photos using the pop-up menu in the middle-right area of the window.

  4. Use the settings on the right side of the Media Import window to choose how you want to organize the imported media in your library:

    • To add the imported clips to an existing event: Select “Add to existing event,” and choose the event from the pop-up menu.

    • To create a new event: Select “Create new event in,” use the pop-up menu to choose the library in which you want to create the event, and then type a name (for example, “Chris and Kim Wedding”) in the text field.

    To learn more about events, see Organizing libraries overview.

    Note: You can set storage locations for each of your libraries using the Library Properties inspector. For more information, see Manage storage locations.

  5. If you want to create optimized or proxy media, analyze the video, or analyze the audio, select the relevant checkboxes in the Transcoding, Keywords, Video, and Audio sections.

    If you don’t set Final Cut Pro to analyze your media during the import process, you can analyze it later (if necessary) in the Browser.

    Note: Some import options are available only when you import files from a storage device. For more information, see Organize files while importing and Import from a hard disk.

  6. Do one of the following:

    • To import all clips: Click Import All.

    • To import only some of the clips: Select each clip you want to import by Command-clicking it, and click Import Selected (the Import button changes its name).

      Tip: To select several clips located together, you can drag a selection rectangle around the clips.

    • To import portions of clips: Drag inside the filmstrip to select the range that you want, and click Import Selected. You can also select multiple ranges in each clip. For more information, see Select a range.

      Tip: You can also select a clip, press the Space bar to play the clip, and press either I to set a start point or O to set an end point.

    By default, the Media Import window closes when you click Import. You can begin working with your clips in the Browser. Final Cut Pro imports your media in the background.

    If you selected any options in the previous step, Final Cut Pro transcodes and optimizes the files after the import process is complete. You can view the progress of the import and other background tasks in the Background Tasks window.

  7. When background tasks are completed, disconnect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.