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Importing Files

When media such as graphics, music, text, or supported video files already exist on your computer, use the Import command to ingest them into your project. Importing files does not make copies of the files. It only creates reference files within your project file. Remember to organize your files for the project before importing them, using the good media management procedures outlined in Chapter 3.

Supported File Formats

Here are some examples of supported file formats for audio and stills. This list is not exhaustive. Refer to the Final Cut Pro 7 User Manual for more information.


AIFF/AIFC, WAVE, BWF (44.1 kHz/16-bit up to 96 kHz/24-bit)


BMP, GIF, JEPG/JFIF, Numbered Image Sequences, PDF, PSD, PICT, PNG, SGI, TARGA, and TIFF

Importing Individual Files

This method allows you to import an individual or group of files; however, it will not import a folder.

  1. Choose File > Import > Files.
  2. In the Finder dialog that opens, choose the file(s) you wish to import, and then click Choose.

Importing Folders

This method is the same as importing individual files, except that you may only choose a folder or folders from the Finder dialog. Imported folders will appear as bins in the Browser’s active project. The contents of the folder(s) will be inside the bin.

  1. Choose File > Import > Folder.
  2. In the Finder dialog that opens, choose the folder(s) you wish to import, and then click Choose.

Importing from Audio CDs

  1. Copy the audio track from the CD to a locally mounted volume.
  2. Drag the now-local audio track into the Browser.

Importing from iTunes

Every Macintosh includes iTunes. Whether you store your production music as AIFF or MP3, you will need to set iTunes to send AIFF versions to Final Cut Pro. You may choose the below settings before adding a song to the iTunes Library so that music is stored as AIFF. You may decide to store music in a compressed format and then uncompress it before importing the music into Final Cut Pro.

  1. Choose iTunes > Preferences.
  2. Click Import Settings.
  3. From the Import Using pop-up menu, choose AIFF Encoder.
  4. From the Setting pop-up menu, choose Custom.
  5. In the AIFF Encoder dialog, choose the settings as shown below, and then click OK. Click OK in the Import Settings and Preferences dialogs.

    If you have not added your CD to the iTunes Library, do that now.

  6. Control-click the AIFF song in the Library, and choose Show in Finder from the shortcut menu.
  7. From the Finder window that appears, drag the AIFF version of the selected song to the Browser’s active project.
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