Summary: Apple ProRes 422 was introduced as the video codec for Final Cut Studio to edit full-frame, 10-bit and HD videos. Best AVCHD MTS/M2TS to ProRes 422 Converter helps to convert AVCHD to ProRes 422 MOV or Remux MTS/M2TS to ProRes 422 for editing in Final Cut Pro on Mac.
Apple ProRes 422 is a standard-definition and high-definition lossy video compression format developed by Apple Inc. for use in post production. It was introduced in 2007 with Final Cut Studio 2 and is comparable to Avid’s DNxHD codec which has the same purpose and uses similar bit rates. This is the format I recommend for anyone shooting DSLR, HDV, AVCHD, XDCAM EX, XDCAM HD, AVCAM, or P2. Great image quality, with file sizes 30-35% smaller than ProRes 422 HQ. So for AVCHD in FCP X/7/6 edting , you are recommended to transcode Panasonic, Sony, Canon, JVC, Hitachi AVCHD MTS/M2TS to Apple ProRes 422 for further editing.
AVCHD MTS/M2TS ia format for High Definition (HD) video (for recording and playback) that uses 3.2″ mini-DVD discs. Data is compressed using a codec based on the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 standard. AVCHD discs can store video at many different resolutions and frame rates, including 480i at 60fps, 720p at 24, 50, or 60fps, 1080i for 50fps and 60fps, and 1080p at 24fps. AVCHD is produced by HD camcorder like Panasonic HC-X920, AG-AC7, HDC-MDH1, HC-MDH2, HC-V720, HC-V520, Sony HDR-AX2000E, Sony HXR-MC2000U, Sony HDR-CX220, Sony Alpha A6000, Canon HF R40/R42, Canon HF G30, HF R500, Canon XA10, Canon VIXIA mini X, Hitachi DZ-BD10HA, JVC GY-HM70U, GY-HM600, GZ-R70, JVC GY-HM650, etc are not the preferred formats by Final Cut Pro 6/7 and Final Cut Pro X. Even you will have problem for transferring and logging these MTS, M2TS videos.
So the program you need is a great UFUSoft Mac AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422 Converter. With it, you can convert all HD camcorder 1080 60p/50p, 1080i AVCHD (*.mts, *.m2ts), 720p AVCHD lite files to Apple ProRes 422 for editing with Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Pro X on Mac.
Step 1. Upload AVCHD files to UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac..
Connect camcorder to iMac/MacBook Pro via USB cable, run UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac as the best AVCHD to FCP ProRes converter. Click the “Add” button to upload the .m2ts files from camcorder to Mac application. Alternatively, you can also browse the videos on Mac for conversion.
Step 2. Choose MOV with Apple ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro.
Click the “Format” option, and move mouse cursor to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as output format. To get 1080 videos, we need to click the “Settings” button and choose 1920*1080 as output video size.
Step 3. Deinterlace AVCHD MTS/M2TS 1080i videos.
Select the 1080i video and click the “Effect” button, go to the Effect tab and make sure the checkbox for deinterlacing is ticked.
Step 4. Convert AVCHD MTS/M2TS to Apple ProRes (*.MOV) for FCP
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac AVCHD MTS/M2TS to ProRes Converter will start the conversion from Sony/Panasonic/JVC/Canon/Hitachi AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422 MOV for Final Cut.
After the conversion is finished, just run FCP and import the ProRes 422 MOV files for creating a new movie and film.
1. If you would like to edit AVCHD MTS/M2TS with FCE/iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Kendlive, etc, you can convert MTS/M2TS to AIC MOV, DNxHD MOV, DVCPRO, HD MOV, MPG, MP4, WMV, AVI, DV on Mac.
2. If you want to convert AVCHD MTS/M2TS to Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, etc on windows 7/8/8.1/Vista/XP, etc, please use Windows AVCHD Video Converter.