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How to Convert Sony Handycam to Final Cut Pro X/7/6

Q: "Can anyone tell me how to import footage from Sony Handycam into FCP 7? I have the entire folder/file structure intact from the card, just can't seem to import the MTS files to FCP correctly. I googled this first & looked in the help file but couldn't see anything."

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We find many users are confused about Sony Handycam to Final Cut Pro workflow or already facing problems while importing Sony Handycam videos to FCP X/7/6. We need to figure out an easy way to make Sony Hadycam MTS compatible with FCP for smooth editing. For this purpose, this article will show you how to convert Sony Handycam videos to Final Cut Pro edit-friendly format, which will save you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing.

Sony Handycam including HDR-PJ260V, HDR-CX210, HDR-CX190, HDR-CX290, HDR-XR150, HDR-CX380, HDR-CX440 makes everything looks better in HD. Whereas, due to its high rate compression and special codec of the Sony Handycam output video, it is difficult to play and edit Sony Handycam AVCHD with Final Cut Pro(FCP X included). To solve the issues, a fast solution is to use Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac to transcode Sony Handycam MTS to FCP compatible ProRes MOV files.

This program works as the best Sony Handycam video converter for Mac. With it, you can easily convert Sony Handycam videos for editing in Final Cut Pro, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, etc. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get Sony Handycam MTS into FCP nicely.

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Tutorial on converting Sony Handycam files to Final Cut Pro

Step 1. Connect your Sony Handycam to Mac with USB. Launch the Sony Handycam to FCP Converter; then click the Add button to import your.mts/m2ts files.

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Tip: Tick the checkbox for "Merge into one file", and the Mac MTS converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.

Step 2. Click the Format bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get the Apple ProRes codecs, including ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want.

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Step 3. Press the "Settings" icon and you'd better set proper video frame rate, video size for editing Sony Handycam MTS files in FCP X/7/6 with the best quality.

Step 4. Click the convert button under the preview window, the conversion from Sony Handycam MTS to ProRes for Final Cut Pro will start immediately.

After converting Sony Handycam files, just import the output Apple PreRes .mov files to Final Cut Pro 6/7 or Final Cut Pro X for editing. Optimize your workflow and save time with the Apple ProRes compression for Final Cut Pro.

Related Guides:

How to Convert Sony Handycam to iMovie
How to Convert Sony Handycam to Windows Movie Maker
How to Play Sony Handycam files on Mac/Windows

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