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. For audio compression, supports both Dolby AC-3 (Dolby Digital) and uncompressed linear PCM audio. AVCHD is produced by HD camcorder like Panasonic HDC-TM900, HDC-HS900, AG-AC130, AG-HMC150, HDC-SD10, Sony HX20V, Sony CX550, Sony NEX-VG20, Sony NEX-FS100, Canon HF200, Canon HF M500, HF G10, HF M300, Hitachi DZ-BD10HA, JVC GZ-HM8XX, GZ-HD620, GZ-HM1, GZ-HM30, etc 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.
Apple ProRes 422 is a standard-definition and high-definition lossy video compression format developed by Apple Inc. for use in post production. It was introduced in 2007 with Final Cut Studio 2 and is comparable to Avid's DNxHD codec which has the same purpose and uses similar bit rates. Both are DCT basedintra-frame-only codecs, and are therefore simpler to decode than distribution oriented formats like H.264. FCP 6/7, FCP X is Mac based editing software which supports transcoding Panasonic, Sony, Canon, JVC, Hitachi AVCHD MTS/M2TS to Apple ProRes for further editing.
So the program you need is a great Mac AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422 Converter. With it, you can convert all HD camcorder 1080 60p/50p, 1080i AVCHD (*.mts, *.m2ts), 720p AVCHD lite files to Apple ProRes 422 for editing with Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Pro X on Mac.
Below is the step-by-step guide for you to quickly convert Sony/Panasonic/JVC/Canon AVCHD to Apple ProRes Codec (*.mov) for editing in Final Cut Pro.
Step 1. Download MTS/M2TS files to Apple computer.
Connect your Sony/Panasonic/JVC/Canon/Hitachi AVCHD camcorder to Apple computer via USB cable, find the .mts, *.m2ts files from the camera folder like PRIVATE > AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM. Then copy and transfer the .mts, *.m2ts files from camera to the Apple hard drive disk.
Step 2. Import MTS/M2TS files to UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac.
Run AVCHD Converter for Mac as the best Sony/Panasonic/JVC/Canon AVCHD to FCP ProRes Converter, and click the "Add" button to load AVCHD .mts or .m2ts videos from AVCHD camcorders. You may also directly drag and drop the AVCHD video to application UI for importing files.
Step 3. Choose Final Cut Pro - Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) or HD MOV output format.
Click the "Format" option and navigate the mouse cursor to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) or HD Video > HD MOV Video(*.mov)as output format. The Mac MTS/M2TS to FCP Converter will convert AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422 MOV with high quality.
Step 4. Convert AVCHD MTS/M2TS video to Apple ProRes (*.MOV) for Final Cut Pro
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac MTS/M2TS to FCP Converter will start the conversion from Sony/Panasonic/JVC/Canon/Hitachi AVCHD to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut.
After the conversion, you can easily import Apple Prores to Final Cut Pro 6/7 or Final Cut Pro X without rendering for editing.
1. If you would like to edit AVCHD MTS/M2TS with FCE/iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Kendlive, etc, you can convert MTS/M2TS to HD MOV, MPG, MP4, WMV, AVI, DV on Mac.
2. If you want to convert AVCHD MTS/M2TS to Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, etc on windows 7/8/Vista/XP, etc, please use Windows AVCHD Video Converter.
3. This AVCHD Converter for Mac supports all Sony/Panasonic/JVC/Canon/Hitachi AVCHD camcorders.