"I'd like to be able to download a newscast from YouTube at its best quality, import it into FCP for edits, recompress as H.264 and upload new video. My goal is to use some quotes from the presidential campaign within a documentary type piece. Is it even possible to download videos from YouTube? Any advice?"
Final Cut Pro accepts the QuickTime compatible formats. In order to edit YouTube video in Final Cut Pro, you need to download and convert YouTube video to Final Cut Pro compatible format first. It is very easy and fast to download YouTube video and convert YouTube video to Final Cut Pro using iFunia YouTube to FCP Converter for Mac.
Step 1: Run iFunia YouTube to FCP Converter and add YouTube video URLs
Click the "Add URL" button to copy the URL of YouTube video; you may add as many YouTube URLs as you want for downloading to your computer. When it comes to conversion, you can either upload a file from your PC or simply copy and paste the URL for the video you want to convert. As long the video is in Flash format it should work fine. Once the conversion is finished you will be prompted to download the file to your computer.
Step 2: Start downloading YouTube videos
The YouTube videos will start downloading automatically after you add the YouTube videos URLs into iFunia YouTube to FCP Converter. Make sure your Internet is connected to YouTube website and the URLs of YouTube videos are correct. iFunia YouTube Converter for Mac support batch conversion, so you can Convert multiple YouTube Video files at a time.
Step 3: Start YouTube to FCP conversion on Mac OS X.
Finally, once the file has been downloaded it'll be removed from the "Download" tab and transferred to "Convert" tab. Just click the "Gear" button at the right side and change the output format you like from the "Convert to" drop-down menu list. After all settings has done hit the "Convert" button to start YouTube video to FCP conversion on Mac.
This Mac YouTube to FCP converter is specifically designed for Mac OS users, including Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on iMac, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, etc. When the YouTube to Final Cut Pro Mac conversion is done, you can upload the YouTube videos to FCP and create your own masterpiece!