Guide to Edit a DVD source in Final Cut Pro 7/X on Mac OS X

This will be a quick and directly guide of the most basic things to get you ready to edit a DVD source in Final Cut Pro 7/X, and what to do once you’re done. (Final Cut Pro X shouldn’t be drastically different, nor should starting with a different source.)

Big thanks to user Seciors, who was invariably helpful in teaching me how to do this.

Part 1. Ripping the DVD disc on Mac

You’ll need the appropriate hardware to let your Mac interface with a DVD disc, of course. The software I used to rip it was MakeMKV, which at the time allowed for a limited period of use for beta testing. It may or may not still be free to use in the future. Even if it isn’t free, it’s worth it.


The application is pretty easy to use. Mount the disc you want to rip, and select it as the source. You’ll have the opportunity to select which title you want to rip, as well as which audio and subtitle streams. It doesn’t hurt to rip more than you need. Mash ‘go,’ and you’ll eventually end up with a .mkv file of the source.

P.S. If MakeMKV isn’t a viable option for whatever reason, Aimersoft DVD Ripper for Mac should be fine, though will cost money. It’s also pretty easy to figure out.

Part 2. Convert the MKV files to Apple ProRes for FCP X/7.

Now we need to convert the MKV source file into something Final Cut Pro 7/X can work with. While there’s more than one way to skin a cat, I’ve used Wondershare UniConverter for Mac (Originally Video Converter Ultimate for Mac), briefly speaking, to quickly import HD MKV (H.264) files and SD MKV files to Final Cut Pro 7/X, you just need to convert MKV files to FCP-supported Apple ProRes MOV format. The best MKV to FCP Converter for Mac is only the proper program you need, which converts 150+ popular video/audio formats with excellent video quality and amazing conversion speed. Get it now and learn to convert MKV to Final Cut Pro 7/X within clicks!

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Step 1. Add MKV files
Click the Document icon on the left corner of the software to load MKV files, or you can directly drag and drop mkv files from your Mac. You can add many files for batch conversion.

Step 2. Select FCP-supported Format ProRes as Output Format
Click the drop-down list of the Setting icon and choose either Final Cut Pro X or Final Cut Pro 7 as output format from the Editing category. Next, choose a video resolution. And then click the Create tab to confirm the setting.

Convert MKV to FCP X/7


Tip: There are six categories in the pop-up output format list: Devices, Editing, HD & 3D, Web Sharing, Video and Audio. Selected your desired format here. For example, choose from a variety of formats in the “Audio” category for audio files, such as MP3, WMA, AIFF, etc. If you want to convert videos to some device like iPhone Plus, iPad Air, Apple TV, Roku, PS3, Plex, etc. just navigate to the proper format or device and select it there.

Step 3. Convert MKV to Final Cut Pro on Mac (Catalina included)
Click the Convert button on the right bottom of the MKV to FCP X/7 Converter on Mac. You can see the remaining time from the video list bar and cancel/stop/resume converting process as you like.

MKV to FCP converter for Mac

Now you’re ready to begin working DVD source in Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pro X. I can’t do much to help you here, though it’d be good if you’re new to study up on how to use the program. (I may come back and update this post with a few tips and tricks, but it’ll be no substitute for independent study and practice to master the editing suite.)

4. Exporting

Exporting the final product can be tricky, and no one seems to be able to give advice properly. So don’t listen to them; listen to me!

Your best friend is going to be the “Share” feature. Especially if you’ve done any effects work on your project, do NOT export a Quicktime master file and then compress it later. Instead, use the Share feature in order to allow the encoder access to the raw pieces of your edit, saving a generational loss.


Before we export, let’s open up the Compressor app and set up the settings we’d like to export to.

(I’m using Compressor 3, so hopefully more recent versions operate similarly to this.) In the bottom left window, you’ll find presets for Compressor to encode to. You’ll probably want to design your own, to specify what you want your end result to be. This can be anything from a DVD-compatible mkv to a DVD5 to a YouTube video. I’ll show you how to setup a DVD-compatible mkv of rather low quality loss from the source. When Compressor launches, it should present you with a few options. Select “Create DVD disc.” You’ll see the main window has two output formats, one DVD video and one DVD audio. To the left there is a place to drop in a file for it to convert to these formats. Ignore that for now. Drag the H.264 for DVD strip down to the ‘Settings’ window below, creating a new custom template. Select it, and you can edit it on the right. Configure it to suit your needs, and you can find the meanings of all the settings online. Just make sure to select “Multi-pass” for best quality, and select an appropriate bit rate. The “frame controls” tab is only important if your edit contains footage of differing resolutions or framerates. If so, I’d consult someone to decide what settings are best for you. For what it’s worth, here’s what I use:
Frame Controls: Off; Output Fields: Same as source; Deinterlace: Fast; (Checkmark next to Adaptive Details); Anti-alias: 0; Details Level: 0; Rate Conversion: Fast.

You should also save the audio preset, configuring it for what is appropriate for you.

So, once your edit is laid out in a Final Cut sequence and is ready to go, navigate to File -> Share. This window will allow you to tap into the Compressor presets you’ve just created. Click the plus icon to add formats to encode to. Here you can select any of your custom Compressor presets. If you select the BluRay video and audio presets, you can allow Final Cut to encode them in one batch so you won’t have to return just to start the encode of the next one. The end result of this step should be a video and audio file that together will form the finished product.

Step 5) Muxing
This step will vary depending on what type of file you want your end product to be. I’ll explain how to proceed if you are creating a DVD-compatible mkv. If not, mux and distribute your edit how you see fit. Compressor has presets for many things, and some may not even need any further work once FCP is finished exporting.

The app I use for mkv muxing is Mkvtoolnix.
It’s very easy to figure out. You select your input files, and a destination. It muxes them together for you, creating an mkv file of your finished edit. You can also mux in chapter or subtitle files. (For chapters, create an xml file and attach it under the Global tab -> Chapter File. Hit browse, and you can attach it.

That’s a very barebones guide, and the hardest part is totally skipped over! But hopefully this will be of some help to get up and running.

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