Friday, December 11, 2015

How to fix a general error in final cut pro 7?

Summary: In this article I will show you the best way to fix the general error in final cut pro 7 when you import some Canon video clip for editing. If you in the same trouble, just follow the article and you will fix the problem in short time.

Q:Everytime I try to work with .mov files from my Canon, final cut pro gives me a general error after I've added a couple of clips to the timeline, it used to be no problem but I don't know how to solve the general error... any help?

I once edited a whole project  in FCP 7 using the native Canon 5D files and while it started well enough, it got more instable as the timeline filled and renders got glitches between edits.

Using files straight from camera is ideal and works very well with Adobe Premiere or Final Cut X, and I highly recommend switching to one of those. You have to know FCP 7 is 32 bits, doesn't support more than one CPU, and is no longer supported by Apple. Chances are, the latest version of FCP 7 is older than your camera and it will stay that way forever. And unless you are using a computer from 6 years ago, you are also waiting way longer than you have to for your renders.

If you absolutely want to keep using FCP 7, you are going to have to convert your footage to good old proRes beforehand. You can use FCP's media manager or Apple Compressor for that. 

Alternatively, do yourself a favour and get a modern NLE like FCPX which handles and optimises files from almost all cameras automatically. As FCP 7 are not workable with Canon files natively, if you want to load Canon files to FCP (including FCP 7 and FCP X), first you need to convert Canon files to FCP 7 friendly codec like Apple Prores. of course, losslessly. To do so, you need a professional Video Converter to help.

Hot SearchH.264 MP4 Footage into Final Cut Pro | AVCHD M2TS to FCP | XC 10 4K/1080p MXF to Premiere Pro

Here I'd like to recommend an excellent HD Video Converter for Mac from Pavtube. It can convert ALL(Canon videos included) videos to Apple ProRes codec which is intermediate format that features high performance and quality, being less processor-intensive to work with FCP 7.


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How to load All(Canon) videos to FCP 7?

Step 1: click top left icons to load your sources. You can load individual videos from by clicking "add videos", or load the entire folder by clicking ‘add from folder'.

Step 2: Choose Apple ProRes 422 codec for Final Cut Pro 7.

Click the "Profile" option, and move mouse cursor to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov) as output format.


To keep original video quality for editing in FCP, select “Apple ProRes 422”;
For SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p and offline workflows, select “Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)”;
To edit and finish 4:4:4 material, choose “Apple ProRes 4444″.

Learn more Apple ProRes, please refer to Types of Apple ProRes Codecs

To get 1080 videos, we need to click the "Settings" button and choose 1920*1080 as output video resolution.

Step 3: Convert all video files for FCP 7.

Click the read button Convert to start transcoding alll video files to MOV for FCP 7. When the conversion is completed, click "Open" button to locate the converted Apple ProRes 422 MOV files for editing with Final Cut Pro 7.

Pavtube Video Converter for Mac: An all-in-one program integrating conversion and editing 4K videos, 1080p/720p MKV, MXF, M2TS, etc. on Mac OS X El Capitan.

Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac: An all-inclusive converter to complete 2D/3D Blu-ray, DVD, ISO, SD/HD/4K Video to m3u8, H.265 MP4, do H.265 to non-H.265 conversion on Mac OS X El Capitan.
MP4 to FCP ǀ AVCHD to FCP ǀ MOV to FCP ǀ H.265 to FCP