How to Convert M4V Files to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP

“Hi guys, I was given some video footage in .M4V file format. When I tried to import them to Final Cut Pro for further editing, I got error messages that the FCP can’t load this file format. Does anyone have a quick sense of what is going wrong and share me the solution?”

Have you ever got some M4V files and wonder what program should edit them? Perhaps you have also tried to edit M4V videos with FCP but the program told you that it could not recognize this file format. Normally, M4V is not compatible with many video editing programs, and Final Cut Pro is no exception. If you would like to successfully handle and edit M4V footages in FCP and avoid the compatibility problems, you’ll need to convert M4V to Apple ProRes 422.

There are many tools available there to do the conversion. In this article, we’ll introduce Jihosoft Video Converter for Mac to accomplish this task with high quality output and ultrafast speed. Below is the step-by-step guide to transcode M4V to ProRes 422 for FCP on Mac OS.

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1. Free download this M4V to Apple ProRes Converter on your Mac OS, install and launch it.
2. Click the “Import” button and browse to load M4V files to the program.
3. Select “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the output format from “Profile”.
4. Finally click the “Start” icon to start M4V to ProRes conversion. When finished, you could import the converted M4V videos to Final Cut Pro for editing.

Additional Knowledge: What is M4V & How to Open One

What is M4V Format?

The M4V file format is a video container format developed by Apple and is very similar to the MP4 format. Apple uses M4V encode video files, such as TV episodes, movies, and music videos, in its iTunes Store. The copyright of M4V files may be protected by using Apple’s Fair Play DRM copy protection.

Note: The iTunes DRM protection will also cause importing issues. You’d better get DRM Media Converter to remove DRM protection from iTunes M4V movies.

How to Open/Play an M4V File?

In most cases, M4V video file can be directly played in Apple iTunes and Apple QuickTime Player. Also, M4V files can be opened and played with Media Player Classic, K-Multimedia Player, RealPlayer, Zoom Player, VLC media player, MPlayer, DivX Plus Player, and Nero Showtime.

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