I have about 75 hours of footage I need to edit, and all of it has to be imported onto my Mac. Currently I use iMovie, which of course can barely handle something like this, so I'm thinking of upgrading to Final Cut Pro.
Here's my question: is there a setting in Final Cut that allows you to somehow "fast import"? Import the footage onto the computer quickly, instead of second-by-second? To just sit around hour after hour importing seems kind of futile. I would love it if I could import an hour of footage in half the time, or even just minutes. Even if quality is lost it doesn't matter in this case.
If Final Cut can't do this, are there any applications for a Mac that can? I actually only need to import it to then have it in MPEG or MOV format -- it doesn't need to be edited beyond just importing it onto the computer.
Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!