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How to import Canon VIXIA AVCHD to Final Cut Pro editing smoothly


    To get an easy-to-use full HD camcorder, Canon Vixia Series will be a nice choice, which can store the recordings in highly-compressed and high definition AVCHD video format with .mts or .m2ts file extension. For its high quality, Canon Vixia AVCHD camcorders are popular among the videographers; however, the output videos in AVCHD(a highly compressed format) are hard to edit and the video editing software for Mac like FCP, iMovie, FCE can’t support Canon Vixia AVCHD video on Mac OS X perfectly.


    Just got my Canon Vixia HF M52. I found the generated videos in .mts whatever I try my FCP doesn't recognize it. Is there anything I am missing?


    More than one Canon VIXIA users could have met the similar issues like the above user encountered. So for FCP users, how to import and edit Canon VIXIA videos on Mac? The best solution is to transcode Canon VIXIA clips to FCP supported video formats Apple ProRes to optimize your workflow and save time. To make a fast conversion without HD output quality, Brorsoft AVCHD Converter for Mac is one of the best choices for you. It can easily fix all the issues of format incompatibility, for it allows you to fast convert Canon VIXIA AVCHD videos to FCP 6/7/X-friendly formats ProRes on Mac OS X without quality loss. The programs can be applicable for various models like Canon VIXIA HF R40, HF R42, HF R400, HF M30, M300, HF M500, HF M40, HF M400 and more.


    How to transcode Canon VIXIA AVCHD to ProRes 422 for FCP6/7/X


    Step 1: Install and launch this MTS Converter for Mac. Import your Canon VIXIA HF R40, HF R42, HF R400, HF M30 footage to the converter. Merge several AVCHD clips by ticking “Merge into one” box.


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    Step 2: Click "format" bar to choose the output format. Click and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as Final Cut Pro compatible codec for editing AVCHD MTS files in FCP smoothly.


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    Note: To have a smooth playback and editing after conversion, for FCP 6, you can only choose ProRes 422 and ProRes 422(HQ); while, for FCP 7 and FCP X, Pro Res 422(LT)/Pro Res 444/Pro Res 422(Proxy) are all supported.


    Step 3: You can click "settings" to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want. Set video size as 1920*1080, video frame rate as 30fps is better.
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    Step 4: Click convert button to start the Canon Vixia AVCHD to Apple ProRes conversion on Mac OS X, which will optimize the AVCHD to FCP editing workflow.


    After Canon Vixia conversion finished, you can click “open” to find the output file, then you can import converted files into FCP for editing easily.


    Tip: Get more Panasonic/Sony/Canon full HD camera Tips and Tricks here.


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