Importing Sony NEX-FS100 1080 60p/50p AVCHD to FCP 7/X

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Do you have the Sony NEX-FS100 camera? Sony NEX-FS100 with the high sensitivity, large format CMOS sensor is capable of producing full 1920 x 1080 progressive images with shallow depth of field similar to that of a film camera. The NEX-FS100 also enables extended continuous recording and simultaneous recording of HD video footage for instant backup with an HXR-FMU128 Flash Memory Unit.

“Hi, seen some posts related to this topic, but no definitive answer/solution on the subject. We’re looking into getting a Sony NEX FS100 and I’m wondering if anyone has any experience working with the AVCHD codec shot with the FS100 and Final Cut Pro X? Seen some posts that suggest the workflow is Log and transfer to ProRes 422. Is this going to be more of a pain than it is worth? Any helpful suggestions are appreciated.”

Some users have encountered problems when they try to import Sony NEX-FS100 1080 60p/50p AVCHD to Final Cut Pro, the main program is that the footages can’t be imported or edited smoothly, what’s the reason? It is because the Sony NEX-FS100 1080 60p/50p AVCHD video format not friendly to these editing softwares, every software has its best supported video codec and format, only with the best format users can avoid importing and editing problems.

The best quality video codec for FCP is Apple ProRes codec MOV format, FCP can’t handle Sony AVCHD files smoothly, you will encounter many problems unless you convert Sony NEX-FS100 1080 60p/50p AVCHD to FCP via Sony NEX-FS100 to FCP Converter from UFUSoft, which supports Apple ProRes codec for output. You can choose Apple PreRes 422 (HQ) if you want to keep the original video parameters, but it will produce large files, in common situation, you are recommended to choose Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) for output.

Tutorial on importing Sony NEX-FS100 1080 60p/50p AVCHD to FCP 7/X on Mac

1. Go to download and install the best UFUSoft Sony FS100 AVCHD Converter for Mac to make the transcoding task without quality loss, which offers you particular Apple ProRes profiles for Final Cut Pro. Then launch the software to import your AVCHD clips to it.

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2. Click on the Format box to select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as the output format. If you want to get the best video quality for editing in FCP, you can choose ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov).

3. You can click the Settings icon to do some audio/video settings. We recommend 1920*1080 as video size and 30fps as video bitrate for easier editing in Final Cut Pro. If you are in PAL(50p) area, you are recommended 25fps as video bitrate.
4. Hit the Convert button; it will convert Sony NEX-FS100 AVCHD to ProRes for Final Cut Pro on Mac immediately.

When the conversion process shows in 100% with the top AVCHD to ProRes Converter Mac, you can get the resulted videos from output folder easily for easier editing in FCP 7 or FCP X.

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