Do you have a Sony AVCHD camcoder like Sony NEX-FS700, Sony Alpha a6000, Sony Nex-5N, Sony HDR-AX2000E, SonyA57/A65/A77, SonyCyber-Shot DSC-WX80, Sony HXR-NX30, Sony Cyber-shot HX50V, Sony HDR-CX220/CX230,etc? Do you want to edit the video recordings from Sony AVCHD camcorders in Final Cut Pro without losing quality? But many users are facing some frustrating result when importing Sony AVCHD footage into FCP. The basic reason is that AVCHD is not a fully supported format by Final Cut Pro like FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6 and lower.
To make it easier for editing Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS videos on FCP 6/7/X, you’d better to transcode Sony AVCHD to Apple ProRes first, as it is the best codec for Final Cut Pro editing. Below is the simple step-by-step guide for Sony AVCHD camcorder users: using UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac to convert Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro X/7/6 on iMac/MacBook Pro/Mac Mini with Mac OS X, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks. Download it and get the full guide below to have a smooth editing with the Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS footage in FCP.
Full Guide: Encode Sony AVCHD footage to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro
Step 1: Add Sony AVCHD files into Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS Converter
Run UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac. You can import Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS footage from your camcorder or your computer. And this best Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS converter support batch conversion, you can load more Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS video files at once.
Step 2: Choose ProRes codec video
Click “Format” icon and select “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” or “Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov)” for “Final Cut Pro” section as the exported video format. What’s more, you are free to choose the folder where you want to put converted MOV file by clicking the “Output” icon.
Step3. Merge Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS files. (Optional)
Select all files and click Merge, and the Mac Sony AVCHD converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.
Tip: Before Sony AVCHD to Apple ProRes conversion, you can click settings button to customize the resolution, bitrate and other parameters as you want.
Step 4: Start Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS to FCP ProRes conversion
Click the “Convert” button and the Mac Sony AVCHD Video converter would start transcoding Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS videos to Apple ProRes 422 MOV for FCP X/7/6 on Mac OS X immediately.
After conversion, tap “Open” icon in the main interface to locate result video. Launch FCP 6/7 or FCP X, and go to “File > Import > Files…” to import converted Sony AVCHD to FCP project with easy editing.
About ProRes Codec
ProRes is a lossy video compression format developed by Apple Inc. for use in post production that supports up to 4k. It is the successor of the Apple Intermediate Codec and was introduced in 2007 with Final Cut Studio 2. Final Cut Pro (X,7,6) supported Apple ProRes 422 and ProRes 4444 codec editing well.
ProRes 422 Codec: This codec offers nearly all the benefits of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), but at 66 percent of the data rate for even better multistream, real-time editing performance.
ProRes 4444 Codec: This codec offers the best quality for 4:4:4:4 sources and for workflows involving alpha channels.