Right click the AVCHD file, you can find footages are divided into several .mts or .m2ts clips for preserving. AVCHD MTS/M2TS is a file-based format for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video, which uses the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 standard, supporting a variety of standard, high definition, and stereoscopic (3D) video resolutions.
However, AVCHD MTS/M2TS files 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 when you are experiencing difficulties with AVCHD files on FCP, you may obtain an unlisted cam.
To make it easier for editing Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS videos on FCP, you’d better to transcode Sony AVCHD to FCP supported formats - Apple ProRes first, as it is the best codec for Final Cut Pro editing. Using Pavtube Video Converter for Mac to convert Sony AVCHD videos to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro on iMac/MacBook Pro/Mac Mini with Mac OS X, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks. (read review)
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Full Guide: Encode Sony (4K) AVCHD footage to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro
Step 1. Import the AVCHD files from camcorder to Mac.
Here are two ways to import your AVCHD footage:
Plan A.) Find a USB cable and connect your camcorder to Mac until it’s recognized by Mac; your device will be showed as a hard disc icon on desktop. This method has no limitation of video preserving path, but you need to keep the camcorder on all long the connection; otherwise it will not be recognized by Mac.
Plan B.) Take out the memory card from camcorder; use a card reader to upload it to Mac. But you should be clear that whether the videos are saved on internal memory or the pluggable card.
Step 2: Add Sony AVCHD files into Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS Converter
Install and run Pavtube Video Converter for Mac. You can import Sony AVCHD footage from your camcorder or your computer.
Tips: This best Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS converter support batch conversion, you can load more Sony AVCHD MTS/M2TS video files at once.
Step 3: Choose ProRes codec video as output format
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.
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 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.