How to Import Canon VIXIA HF M500 1080p AVCHD footage to FCP

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How to Import Canon VIXIA HF M500 1080p AVCHD footage to FCP

Postby vivian68 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 4:05 am

How to Import Canon VIXIA HF M500 1080p AVCHD footages to FCP for editing smoothly

The Canon VIXIA HF M500 is is a 1920 x 1080 high def Full HD camcorder. It's great for us to use the Canon Cam to record vivid videos when we travel or spend holidays. If you have recorded some full hd videos with VIXIA HF M500, you may want to edit the videos before sharing with others. But, you may encounter problems when you want ot import Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD files to Final Cut Pro for editing. It takes long time to render, and you can't edit the AVCHD footages smoothly in Final Cut Pro.


In order to edit Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD files in Final Cut Pro without crashing problem and avoid rendering, you'd better transcode the Canon AVCHD footages to FCP native format, say, Apple ProRes Codec. The following passage guides you how to convert Canon VIXIA HF M500 footages to Apple ProRes 422 encoded MOV file for FCP. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time.

Required Software:

Pavtube's HD Video Converter for Mac - a top Canon AVCHD Converter for Mac users.

The Mac Canon Video to FCP Converter is an easy to use yet professional AVCHD Converter on Mac OS X which can not only transcode Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD files to Apple ProRes codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. Besides, the program can also convert HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon) for editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere etc. Below is how.

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If you have the same problem about editing Canon VIXIA HF M500 videos in Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X, check out the brief guide below.

Step 1. Import VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD videos to the top Mac Canon Video Converter for FCP.


Step 2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.


Step 3. Click "Convert" button to start transcoding Canon AVCHD files to Apple ProRes Codec for Final Cut Pro under Mac OS.

Some more helpful features of the app:

1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)

2. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.

After a shot conversion, you will be able to load/transfer Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD videos into Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pro 6 for editing without rendering.

Tips: Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP X user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.
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