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Guide to Importing Sony AVCHD MTS files to Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X under Mac Mountain Lion

The Sony Cyber-shot serial(Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V/DSC-HX100V/DSC-HX30V), Sony NEX serial(Sony NEX-VG10/VG20/FS700) A77, Sony A57, Sony A65, Sony NEX-5n . etc are great digital camcorders for us to remember some exciting moments and scenes. In order to take and deliver the best quality of the videos, Sony chooses AVCHD as the video format to contain the shotted videos. However, most of Sony AVCHD camera users encounter importing issues when attempting to edit their camera shootings in .MTS and .M2TS format with Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pro X. Let’s see some frequently asked questions on this.

"I am new to FCP X and sorry for an obvious question. I am using a Sony NEX-VG20 camera that records in AVCHD high profile (MTS files). I am assuming I need to convert these Sony MTS videos to MOV files to edit in FCP. Which software can do this and how much do the files increase in size?"

"I am shooting with a Sony Cyber-shot RX100 at 1920x1080, 60p, mts files, 16x9. I want to edit these MTS clips in FCP X, while it seems that FCP X does not accept them at all. I was told to convert the Sony AVCHD files to ProRes. I don’t want to have quality loss and want to maintain the original image resolution at 16x9. What app and settings would you recommend?"

"I have several video clips from my friend’s new Sony A77 DSLR Camera, which are in the MTS format. I am using FCP 7, and when I bring the MTS files into FCP 7 for edit, I get no success. I guess if I load directly from the camera itself, there would be no importing problems. But I have separate MTS clips only, what should I do? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated."

Then how to find a best solution to get rid of the Sony AVCHD and FCP 7/FCP X importing and editing problems? One of the best solutions is to transcode Sony AVCHD MTS files to Final Cut Pro native compatible format - Apple ProRes. To get the work done, here Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter Mac is highly recommended to you. The Mountain Lion Sony AVCHD to FCP Converter supports converting MTS files shot by different Sony cameras to Apple ProRes for using in FCP X and FCP 7, including Sony Cyber-shot RX100, Sony A77, Sony A57, Sony A65, Sony NEX-5n, NEX-VG20, NEX-FS3, FS700, HXR-NX30, and more. Below is a workaround of AVCHD MTS to ProRes 422 MOV conversion for those who wanna to smoothly import and edit Sony Camera files in FCP 7 or FCP X.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

[How-To]Convert Sony AVCHD MTS to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro 7/X

Step 1: Import Sony AVCHD videos to the program

Download the superb Sony AVCHD to FCP Converter on your Mac, install and run it. Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your Sony MTS/M2TS camera recordings.

Tips: If necessary, you can click the button "Merge into one" to combine several videos to one file to save your conversion time.

Step 2: Select output format

Click the format bar or the pull down menu of "Format" to select output format. Just choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as an output format.

Step 3: Start the Sony AVCHD to ProRes MOV Conversion on Mac

Click "Convert" button to start Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS to ProRes conversion on Mac Mountain Lion.

Once the conversion completes, simply click “Open” button to get the converted Apple ProRes MOV files. And now you can bring the output MOV files into FCP to create your own videos.

Some useful features of the Sony AVCHD Converter Mac:

1. If you wanna customize video and audio quality for the exported Apple ProRes MOV files, you can click “Settings” button and enter the "Profile Settings" window to do so.

2. In particular, the Apple ProRes codecs have been designed to work especially well as high-quality, high-performance editing codecs for Final Cut Pro, taking full advantage of multicore processing and featuring fast, reduced-resolution decoding modes. The Brorsoft Sony MTS to FCP Converter offers format presets for all members of the Apple ProRes codec family, including Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRess 422, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) and Apple ProRes 4444. Learn more about Apple ProRes.


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