Import/Edit Canon XA30 AVCHD MTS clips in Final Cut Pro X

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Combining a compact form factor and professional video features, the Canon XA30 is well-suited for event coverage, wedding videography, independent and documentary filmmaking, and other applications that require a compact, professional camera. It is equipped with a 20x Canon optical zoom lens with a versatile 35mm equivalent range of 26.8 to 576mm, and features a 1/2.84″, HD CMOS Pro sensor with enhanced sensitivity for improved low-light performance over the previous model. To fit into your workflow, the camcorders captures up to 1920×1080 video at 23.98p, 29.97p, 59.94p, and 59.94i frame rates in AVCHD MTS format, while also offering Slow and Fast Motion recording modes, as well as an interval recording option to capture fast motion of up to 1200x the original speed.

After recording, you may need to import Canon XA30 footage to FCP X for editing, but Canon XA30 recorded AVCHD video is not compatible with many editing software, such as FCP 6/7, FCP X and FCE, iMovie on Mac. Final Cut software doesn’t supports AVCHD well- it takes much time to render.

As far as we know, the problems mainly lie in that Final Cut Pro, (FCP 6/7 and FCP X) cannot support the native AVCHD footages from Canon XA30. What’s the best solution to ingest Canon XA30 AVCHD files to FCP X for editing without any problem ? Since FCP native format is ProRes, so the best way to get the work done is to convert Canon XA30 MTS to ProRes encoded MOV format on Mac OS X and then you can log and transfer the AVCHD clips into FCP X for smoothly editing. The below is a brief guide for beginners.

Download UFUSoft Mac AVCHD Converter. This professional Canon MTS Converter Mac can help you convert Canon XA30 AVCHD to FCP X Apple ProRes 422 MOV format effortlessly without quality loose. Besides, more output formats like AIC for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid MC, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, etc are also supported.

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Transcoding Canon XA30 MTS recordings to Final Cut Pro X on Mac OS X

Step 1: Install and Launch the Mac Canon MTS Converter and load your Canon XA30 .mts/.m2ts files to it.

Step 2: Click on the Format box and select a proper format in dropdown-list. For editing Canon XA30 MTS in Final Cut Pro X smoothly, select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format for Final Cut Pro X.

Step 3: Click “Settings” button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

Step 4: Click the Convert button on the main interface to start the Canon XA30 to Final Cut Pro X conversion. Once the process is at 100%, then the converted video is ready for importing and editing on Mac OS X.

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