Updated on Sept. 12, 2017

This process works to rip DVD video for use in Final Cut Pro X.

Final Cut Pro kicked off a storm in the video-editing field when Apple first released it. Touting non-linear advanced and powerful editing features, it is definitely the best tool to edit and make your personalized videos or movies on Mac. However, if you want to import DVD into Final Cut Pro X for further editing, you’ll be disappointed since Final Cut Pro doesn’t work natively with the DVD format. To get the job done, DVD video files must be ripped off the disc and then converted.

Question: What’s your favorite software for ripping DVD content onto a Mac?

“I’ve got a MacBook Pro, a SuperDrive, and FinalCut Pro X, and now I just need to get some content from a burned DVD for a client as they don’t have the original files and need a re-edit.

What’s the best software option. Free is better, but I’m open to paid options as well. ”


Brorsoft DVD Ripper for Mac can be of great help in this task. It will help you convert DVD video to FCP highly compatible ProRes .mov without losing any video quality on Mac OS X (macOS Sierra included). Besides, this software can even convert DVD to any other formats like MP4, AVI, VOB, FLV, M4V, WMV, etc for different use. Click the Download button below to get the program and check out the easy steps to convert and import DVD to FCP without any troubles.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

If you not only wanna convert DVD videos, but also intend to convert Blu-ray or HD Videos such as MKV, WMV, MOV, M4V, AVI movies to FCP, the all-in-one tool, Brorsoft’s Video Converter Ultimate (or iMedia Converter for Mac) will be your first and best choice. It is a yet professional all-in-one Blu-ray Ripper, DVD Ripper and HD Video Converter, which comparatively has better output quality, in particular HD videos and intuitive interface. What’s more, its deinterlacing function and merging, cropping, trimming, adding subtitles ability are what its many competitive products lack of.

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How to convert DVD movies for editing in Final Cut Pro X

Step 1. Load your DVD movies > Insert the DVD disc into your DVD drive and drag the disc icon from the desktop to the program to load the DVD files. Alternatively, you can click File > Load from disc to locate and add the DVD movies you want to convert.

Step 2. Select output format

Clicking “Format” bar and choose Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as output format from the “Final Cut Pro” category. The output videos will work with FCP flawlessly. In addition, video presets for 150+ devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, PSP, Xbox 360, Samsung, Zune, Archos, etc. are provided to help you get videos to best fit a certain device.

Tip: To have a smooth playback and editing after conversion, for FCP 6, you can only choose ProRes 422 and ProRes 422(HQ) as export format; while, for FCP 7 and FCP X, ProRes 422(LT)/ProRes 444/ProRes 422(Proxy) are all supported.

Step 3. Start DVD to FCP conversion

When all the settings are fine, click the Convert button to start the conversion. You’re done. Now your DVD files will be converted into ProRes .MOV files ready to be imported into Final Cut Pro (Click File > Import > Files to import the projects).

Additional Tips:
1) If you are a FCP X user, before you try to do the conversion, don’t forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.
2) If you want to edit DVD videos in iMovie or Final Cut Express (FCE), you just need to choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” in the second step.

Import DVD to FCP – How to Rip a DVD Using in Final Cut Pro X