How can I import 1080p AVCHD files to Final Cut Pro for editing on Mac OS X? It should be one of the most hotly asked problems by AVCHD camera/camcorder users and FCP editors, including the excited Sony HDR-CX760 new owners, who just find that they can not put their .mts/.m2ts files to FCP. In order to make the problem solved, we need to transfer out attention from the HDR-CX760 to the AVCHD format. The AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition), developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic, is a file-based format for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video, thus it is adopted by the Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Canon, etc for providing SD, HD recording and now stereoscopic (3D) videos.
However, the AVCHD format can not be natively supported by Final Cut Pro, which makes editing HDR-CX760 MTS footages in FCP, including FCP 6/7 and FCP X10.0.3 a difficulty for the CX760/FCP users. Actually, you just need to convert the AVCHD to FCP compatible format before copying the HDR-CX760 recordings to FCP. Although FCP has luanched the Log and Transfer to transcode the AVCHD fies to ProRes on the background, many AVCHD cameras/camcorders are not found by the L&T, thus what you need is a more powerful and versatile AVCHD to ProRes Converter on Mac OS X.
The following introduction of the top Mac AVCHD to FCP Converter and guide on converting 1080p AVCHD footages to ProRes give you a clue on how to make your AVCHD files editable in FCP.
About Brorsoft MTS/M2TS to FCP Converter for Mac
The best converting software handles all the AVCHD footages shot by Sony, Panasonic, Canon, JVC, Leica, etc. and exports the converted videos with various codecs and formats, such as AIC, DNxHD, H.264, MPEG-2, etc, for playback and editing. To make it more convenient for FCP editors, it adds all the ProRes codecs, including ProRes 422, ProRes 422(HQ), ProRes 422(Proxy), ProRes 422(LT) and ProRes 4444 and you can get the one you need no matter you intend to enjoy the HD videos or upload the editted files in a samller size to your website. Besides, the MTS to ProRes converter for Mac is developed with some useful editing tools, such as merging several clips into one, splitting long video into small clips, rotating your videos, raising the volume, replacing audios, deinterlacing 1080i files, etc. With it, you can easily get your AVCHD shootages to FCP without rendering.
Step-by-step guide on converting HDR-CX760 1080p AVCHD to FCP on Mac
Step 1: Download MTS Converter for Mac and load your AVCHD recordings by clicking the Add button, either directly from the HDR-CX760 or the HDD if you have copy the MTS files to Mac.
1. If you want to combines several AVCHD clips as one, please tick "Merge into one" box to merge the files into one single file.
2. If you intend to split long video for uploading to website, such as YouTube, please select the Split.
Step 2: Click the Format box and select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (.*mov) as output if you mainly forcus on the HQ quality. But you should know that the AVCHD file is a highly compressed and the AVCHD to ProRes conversion will make the imported files bigger than the originals. If you want a smaller ingested file, ProRes 422(Proxy) and ProRes 422(LT) are the right options for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings.
Tip: If you prefer a smaller size, please make sure that your FCP 7 is the latest version (7.0.3). Otherwise, ProRes(LT) and ProRes(Proxy) are not the recognizable codecs for your FCP 7.
Step 3: Customize video/ audio parameters based on your needs by clicking the Settings button on the main interface. You can the bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel according to your needs and optimize the output file quality in the Profile Settings.
1. If you want a HD converted video in a relatively smaller size, you can set the video size as 1440*1080 or 1280*720.
2. If the original files are shot in 60p, please choose 30 fps as frame rate while 25 fps for 50p files.
Step 4: Click "Convert" to start transcoding AVCHD to ProRes 422 for FCP on Mac. Although the time that the conversion process takes depends on your Mac and the size of your loaded files, the AVCHD Converter for Mac is faster than other converting tool and will save you from the long waiting for rendering.
When the AVCHD to ProRes codec transcoding process is completed, you can get the converted files to FCP for editing on Mac OS X without any problem.
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