What is the Best Handbrake Video Format for Final Cut Pro?

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Handbrake and Final Cut Pro are both very popular platforms. Final Cut Pro is a video editing software, developed and distributed by Apple, and therefore, compatible only with Mac devices. It’s the most popular video editing tool among creators. Most Youtubers and professional and amateur video makers use Final Cut Pro for their videos. Even many purchases a Mac computer only because they want to use Final Cut Pro.

And what is Handbrake? Handbrake is completely different software. First of all, it’s open-source (that means that anyone can use it for free) and it’s compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. Handbrake is a transcoder software for digital videos: in other words, it’s a video converter. It is actually one of the most advanced and versatile video converters available, which is why it’s so popular even among Mac and Final Cut Pro users.

So, why are we speaking about these two different platforms in the same place?

Final Cut Pro can manage many videos, audio, image, and container formats. If we narrow down the field to only video format, the list of the formats supported by Final Cut Pro is very long and looks like this: Apple Animation codec, Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes(all versions), AVC-intra, AVCHD (including AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM), DV (including DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50), DVCPRO HD, H.264, HDV, iFrame, Motion JPEG(OpenDML only), MPEG IMX(D-10), REDCODE RAW (R3D), Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, XAVC, XDCAM HD/EX/HD422, QuickTime formats.

Does it mean that Final Cut Pro does not have any limitations when it comes to compatibility? Not at all. As you can see, the last term in the above list is Quicktime formats: because Final Cut Pro uses QuickTime technology, it can import and export almost any QuickTime compatible format, but not others. And, alas, some of the most popular video formats aren’t QuickTime-compatible. Do you know which formats aren’t Quicktime-compatible? AVI and MKV – are two of the most popular video formats of all.

If you have AVI or MKV videos, and you want to edit them in Final Cut Pro, you need to convert them into a compatible format. To perform such conversion, Handbrake is the ideal software because it allows you to manage a lot of parameters with ease, even if you aren’t a video editing expert.

Best Handbrake Video Format for Final Cut Pro

So, what is the best Handbrake video format for Final Cut Pro? Any compatible video format would work but the most recommended is the MP4 with the H.264 codec. With Handbrake the conversion is pretty simple: in the Output video tab, you can select the formats we’ve just mentioned along with other parameters such as the target size, the bit rate, and quality (Handbrake can maintain a certain video quality regardless of the size).

Handbrake Video Format for Final Cut Pro

When you have a video format that is not compatible with Final Cut Pro, you can convert it with Handbrake. The most recommended Handbrake video format for Final Cut Pro would be the MP4 (which is 100% Quicktime-compatible) with the H.264 codec.