Choosing a Destination Codec

To select the destination codec for your transferred media, choose Preferences from the Action pop-up menu in the Browse area. Final Cut Pro includes built-in support for P2 media and AVCHD. There are third-party plug-ins for other formats. For more information about the format choices, plug-in downloads, and workflows for advanced file-based camcorders supported by Final Cut Pro, see Professional Formats and Workflows, available in Final Cut Pro Help.

If the format you are ingesting is not natively supported by Final Cut Pro (such as AVCHD or AVC-Intra), you need to choose a format, such as an Apple ProRes codec, to transcode your media to.