Final Cut Pro X: About memory cards and cables

About memory cards and cables

To import media from your recording device to your Mac, you need to remove the memory card from your device and insert it into either your Mac or a memory card reader. You can also connect your device directly to your Mac using the appropriate cable. Then you can import the media on the memory card or device using the Media Import window. For more information, see Import from your Mac or a storage device and Import from file-based cameras and devices.

  • Memory cards: Many file-based camcorders and devices record media on a removable memory card. You can connect a card reader to your Mac and use that to transfer the contents of your memory card onto your Mac. Some Mac computers feature an SD (Secure Digital) or SDXC (SD extended capacity) card slot that allows data to be read from and written to SD media inserted in the slot. If your Mac has a card slot, you can remove the card from the camera, insert the card into your Mac, and then import the files.

    For more information, see About the SD and SDXC card slot.

    SD memory card

You can also connect your device to your Mac using a USB or FireWire cable. The kind of cable you need depends on the kind of device you’re using:

  • USB device: You use a USB cable for file-based camcorders, digital still cameras that record video, and iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The USB cable should have at least one connector that plugs into your Mac (at the top in the illustration below). The other end of the USB cable, which plugs into your recording device, might look different (on the bottom in the illustration below).

    USB type-A and type-B connectors
  • USB-C cable: USB-C cables support both data and video transfer.

    USB-C connector
  • Thunderbolt device: Devices that use Thunderbolt I/O technology use a connector that plugs into the mini display port on your Mac.

    Thunderbolt connector
  • FireWire device: For most camcorders that record to tape, you use a FireWire cable with a 6-pin connector on one end that plugs into your Mac (at the top in the illustration below) and a 4-pin connector on the other end that plugs into your camcorder (on the bottom in the illustration below).

    FireWire 4-pin and 6-pin connectors

    Or you might have a FireWire 800 cable with a different end that plugs into your camcorder or Mac.

    FireWire 800 connector

If your device didn’t come with a cable and you’re not sure what kind of device you have, you can check the logo near the cable ports on your device to see if it matches the USB or FireWire logo, both shown above. Otherwise, check the documentation that came with your device.

To check whether your camera is compatible with Final Cut Pro, see the Apple Support article Cameras supported by Final Cut Pro X.

Published Date: Mar 22, 2019
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