Connecting Sony HDR XR520v to Macbook pro/editing AVCHD using Final Cut Studio
- Introducing the Sony HDR-XR520v, the technology at its finest with its huge 240G internal hard drive and 12 megapixel Camera is one of my favorites. It is so versatile but yet also very robust. When I first reviewed the camera a couple of weeks ago I had mixed emotions because I had previously bought Sony Cybershots and Camcorders and was in fact happy with what I had. However, I decided to look into it further. My only problem was that although my previous internal hard drive was 80G it was utilized very fast and most times we would be struggling for extra space thus leading us to delete content. This was I thought just regular practice for most people but when I saw that the Sony HDR-XR520v had a whopping 240G internal hard drive it blew my mind. You see we had spent countless hours trying to conserve space and this was truly an incredible advancement. Plus, when I got my hands on the Sony HDR-XR520v and its 12 megapixels it took my perception of image clarity and sharpness to a whole new dimension. Now I am not saying that my previous images were not great but with the new image stabilization feature and the Sony HDR-XR520v's G Lens it really helps you capture the moment in ultra photographic quality and I still have a mass amount of space on my hard drive for more.
- Sony HDR XR520 has brought me so much joy until a problem occurs when I am connecting Sony HDR XR520v to Macbook pro & edit those AVCHD using Final Cut Studio. After searching for several days I finally find the solution and glad to share with those who are also puzzled with it. To edit AVCHD from Sony HDR-XR520v in the application, Final Cut Pro for example, needs transcoding AVCHD files from Sony HDR-XR520v camcorder to Final Cut editable video format MOV. As a result, a third party software is required & here I recommend Brorsoft AVCHD Converter for Mac
- Brorsoft AVCHD Converter for Mac is a brilliant HDR-XR520V to Final Cut Converter and following are the Sony HDR-XR models whose footages can be imported in the program:
- Sony HDR-XR100, Sony HDR-XR101, Sony HDR-XR150, Sony HDR-XR200, Sony HDR-XR200V, Sony HDR-XR350, Sony HDR-XR350V, Sony HDR-XR500, Sony HDR-XR500V, Sony HDR-XR520, Sony HDR-XR520V, Sony HDR-XR550, Sony HDR-XR550V, Sony HDR-XR100E, Sony HDR-XR105E, Sony HDR-XR106E, Sony HDR-XR155E, Sony HDR-XR200E, Sony HDR-XR350E, Sony HDR-XR500E, Sony HDR-XR520E, Sony HDR-XR200VE, Sony HDR-XR350VE, Sony HDR-XR500VE, Sony HDR-XR550VE
- More information about Brorsoft AVCHD Converter for Mac
- The converter can convert any AVCHD/MTS video at high processing speed.
Basic video editing functions and flexible operations are available.
The perfect video and audio synchronization is in high quality.
It supports VFW codec encoding and 5.1 channel audio output
It can play 1080p, 1080i, 720p MTS/M2TS files with multimedia players
It’s identified as an easy-to-use AVCHD/MTS converter with user-familiar interface.
- How to connect Sony HDR XR520v to Macbook pro & edit the AVCHD using FCP
The step-by-step tutorial below will make you clear about how the program works
- Procudure1. Convert Sony HDR XR520v AVCHD to MOV
- Preparation: Connecting Sony HDR XR520v to Macbook pro, Transfer the AVCHD files from Sony HDR-XR520V’s massive 240GB hard disk drive (HDD) to Apple hard drive disk.
- Step1. Load Sony HDR XR520v AVCHD to the best HDR-XR520V AVCHD Converter program.
Download and run Brorsoft AVCHD Converter for Mac, click the "Add" button on the top tool bar to load the AVCHD videos or drag them directly into the program.
- Step2. Select MOV as the output format
Click the "Format" pop-down menu, navigate to “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas “ section. Select “MOV (AVC) (*.mov)” as the output format. Plus, click the “Export To” button to specify the destination folder so as to find the output videos easily after conversion.
- Step3. Set the codec as XVID Codec that Final Cut Pro deal with
As no auto-conform sequence dialog for H.264 codec (the default codec) in Final Cut, you have to correct the output parameter. Click the “settings” button, change the output video codec as XVID so that Final Cut can recognize. Plus, you can also adjust other audio and video parameters like bitrates, frame rate, and audio channel. In principle, the larger input values, the larger file size, but accompanying with the better file quality; the smaller input value, the smaller file size, but in accordance with the more inferior file quality. That is to say, if you want to do advance settings, you’d better make a balance between the file sizes and file quality.
- Step4. Convert Sony HDR XR520v AVCHD to FCP MOV
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the conversion will need several minutes. You can:
Be clear about the total achieved percentage of scheduled progress
"Pause" or "Cancel" the conversion at any time
"Shut down the computer after conversion" by ticking the box
- Procedure2. Import Sony MOV videos to Final Cut Pro
- 1. Choose the "Import" and "Files" options from under the File command at the top of the Final Cut Pro window.
- 2. Select the desired file from the standard Choose a File window. Once the desired file is located and highlighted, press the "Choose" button. It may take a few seconds or even minutes depending on the file size. If the file is on an external hard drive, it will take even longer.
- 3. Locate the file in the resources list for the project, it appears there just as any captured video would.
- 4. Manipulate the video file in the Viewer Slug window as necessary. Drag the file into the Timeline when ready. The footage needs to be rendered before it can be viewed in the Canvas.
- 5. Save the project. Render the Timeline so that the video can be seen. It is easiest to render both audio and video at this time even if the video imported had no audio. It may take several minutes to render the footage.
- 6. Save the project again. The footage can now be edited in the Timeline as if it were normally captured video.
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