Chapter 6. Importing Digital Media

One of the most enchanting aspects of the DV revolution is the world of digital media elements that you can mix, match, and manipulate freely to spice up your video. Final Cut Express is exceptional in the wide latitude of digital file formats it accepts. You can import most types of QuickTime-compatible files into an FCE project, including video clips, still images, and sound files.

Apple’s QuickTime web site contains a complete list of supported file formats at

Here’s a list of common FCE-supported QuickTime formats:

  • Graphics: BMP, FlashPix, GIF, JPEG/JFIF, Photoshop (PSD), PICS, PICT, PNG, QuickTime Image File (QTIF), SGI, TARGA (TGA), and TIFF

  • Video: 

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