Transcode/Import Sony A65 1080 60p AVCHD videos to FCP for editing with Apple ProRes codec
Below are several disscussions about looking for the way importing Sony A65 1080 60p AVCHD files to the Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X:
Q1: Support for Sony 60p AVCHD from A65 to FCP X?
How do import the 1080p AVCHD files to Final Cut Pro? This is the latests and greatests software right? There must be a way. Help Please
Q2: Importing Sony A65 footages into FCP 6
…I have used Sony A65 camera captured lots of HD videos at 1080 60p. but I'm still working on an Apple G5 with FCP 6.0.6. Is there an application, plug-in, etc. for the older FCP to take in 60p AVCHD files? [G5, Mac OS X (10.4.11)]
Q3: Will Final Cut Pro 7 fully support Sony A65's 60fps/1080p shooting mode for import?
Well, don't blame to the Final Cut Pro, the "Import from Camera…" option works just like "Log and Transfer". The thing is, even with the lastest update of FCP X, we have not seen the expected support for 50/60p AVCHD MTS. To import/load Sony A65 1080 60p AVCHD videos into Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X for editing smoothly, the best method is to transcode Sony A65 1080 60p AVCHD to Final Cut Pro native formats (e.g. Apple ProRes 422 encoded .mov format) along with some help from the third party software. To help those who wanna edit Sony 60p AVCHD footages in Final Cut Pro on Mac, here I will throw this quick guide up on how to convert the Sony AVCHD to Apple ProRes then log and transfer the encoded 1080p 60p AVCHD files into FCP for editing smoothly.
First, the most important piece of the equation is that you have a Sony AVCHD Converter for FCP hooked to your Mac. If not, I recommend you Pavtube's HD Video for Mac. It supports encoding all Sony 1080p 50/60P AVCHD MTS files to Apple ProRes 422 so that you can easily import the Sony Camcorder recordings to Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 6, Final Cut Pro 7 for editing on Mac. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time.
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Guide - Transcode/Import Sony A65 AVCHD to Final Cut Pro 6/7 for FCP X for editing with Apple ProRes codec
Step 1. Import Sony A65 1080 60p AVCHD videos to the top Mac Sony 50p/60p MTS Converter.
Step 2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.
Here we recommend the Apple ProRes 422. In the settings you will find Pavtube allows you to keep the original frame rate 50/60fbps in the final ProRes files.
Step 3. Click "Convert" button to start transcoding Sony A65 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 import Sony A65 AVCHD 1080 50/60p 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.