Best Solution to Use MPEG-2 in Final Cut Pro X

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Best Solution to Use MPEG-2 in Final Cut Pro X

Postby jacknjchn » Fri Jul 26, 2013 6:45 am

Summary: This article outlines how to import MPEG-2 files into Final Cut Pro (X) for smooth editing. Keep reading for a brief how-to.

What if MPEG-2 won't work in Final Cut Pro X?


Q1: I have a camera that exports video from my camera to mpeg 2 on the computer. Does Final Cut pro support MPEG 2? Does the quality look good?

Q2: I am trying to import MPEG-2 files into Final Cut Pro X. I have the raw files from a Sony Handycam HDR-SR5. These files were recorded as MPEG-2 files and copied from the camera hard drives (entire folders were copied containing the MPEG-2 files) to a local hard drive on my computer. Final Cut Pro X does not recognize the files and will not import them.

Have you ever encountered such dilemma? If you got some MPEG-2 files from digital camera or somewhere else, you may wanna open it with Final Cut Pro on your Mac to create some fantastic shows to share with your friends or family. But then an error appears: file import failure, audio going out of sync, or video but no audio when brought into the timeline. If you are looking for the best way to work with MPEG-2 files in Final Cut Pro(X), get the tricks bellow.

The basic reason why FCP can’t ingest MPEG-2 videos well is that MPEG-2 video compression is only ideal for recording and playback. If you want to edit MPEG-2 in Final Cut Pro X, then you need to transcode them to another video format.

As we all know, the most compatible video format for FCP editing is Apple ProRes MOV. So you need to find a third party program to convert mepg-2 to ProRes first before loading to FCP. Here Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended to help you achieve your goal.

With this powerful video converter program, you can effortlessly transcode MPEG-2 to FCP friendly movie format ProRes (Note: it applies to all versions including FCP X, FCP 6, FCP 7, etc) keeping the original quality. Besides Final Cut, this software can also export AIC for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer and more NLE systems. Below is the detailed guide on converting MPEG-2 clips to Final Cut Pro X friendly videos for smoothly playback and editing.

How-To: Convert MPEG-2 to ProRes for Final Cut Pro (X)

Step 1: Load the original mpeg-2 videos

Set up the Converter on Mac and run it. Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your MPEG-2 video clips. If necessary, you can click the button "Merge into one" to combine several videos into one file.


Step 2: Select output format

Click then “Format” to select output format. Choose “Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422" as the output format.


Tip: Before conversion, you can click the “Settings” icon to customize the video/audio settings: Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels for Final Cut Pro.

Step 3: Start the MPEG-2 to FCP Conversion

Click the Convert button on the main interface to start encoding MPEG-2 to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro X. Once the process is at 100%, you can click “Open” button on the main interface to find the ProRes MOV videos which can be directly imported to Final Cut Pro X as well FCP 6/7 by clicking File-Import-Files.


Additional tips:

1. If you are FCP X users, before you try to do the conversion, don’t forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

2. If you want to edit MPEG-2 in iMovie 08/09/'11 or FCE 4, you just need to choose the "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" in the second step.

3. If you perfer batch movie conversion, the professional iMedia Converter for Mac is the best choice for you.

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Re: Best Solution to Use MPEG-2 in Final Cut Pro X

Postby lydia622520 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:14 am

Summary: You may find that Windows Movie Maker does not support the MTS video format. Thus, MTS files must first be converted into a supported video file type before Windows Movie Maker can import them. Below is the how to.


MTS files are high-resolution video files recorded by HD digital video camcorders like Sony HDR-PJ790V, Panasonic Lumix GF5, Canon Vixia HF G10, etc. You may have got an AVCHD camcorder and shoot lot of AVCHD .mts videos and now want to make a home movie in Windows Movie Maker. However, Movie Maker will not recognize your files imported.

Q: "At the moment I have no way of importing MTS files into Windows Movie Maker. So I need some sort of codec or video converter to use the files. Can anyone help?"

Do you also have such hassles when playing or editing the MTS files? If so, hopefully the instructions below can help you out of troubles. Since Windows Movie Maker only supports WMV, ASF, MPG (MPEG-1) and AVI (DV-AVI) video formats, in order to edit AVCHD MTS video files in Windows Movie Maker, you need to convert MTS to Windows Movie Maker supported video formats first. To finish the task, you can use Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter, the best video converter that can help you transcode AVCHD .mts to Windows (Live) Movie Maker WMV, AVI, etc. with high output video quality. Download it now and follow the steps to convert your MTS videos to Windows Movie Maker for editing.

How to import MTS files (AVCHD) into Windows Movie Maker?

1. Import MTS files

Run the MTS to Windows Movie Maker Coverer; click the Add button to load AVCHD .mts/.m2ts files to the program from your computer or camcorder. You can also directly drag the video files into the program directly.


2. Select the output format

Hit the Format box and select HD Video -->WMV HD(*.wmv) on the dropdown menu as output format. Besides, you can also choose Divx HD(*.avi) as output if you have not installed the .wmv codec.


Tip: If you like, adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.


3. Start to convert AVCHD video clips to Windows Movie Maker

Simply click the Convert button to start converting MTS video to Windows Movie Maker friendly video formats. Within several minutes, you can find the converted file on your computer by clicking the "Open" button. And then you can import the converted files to Windows Movie Make for editing via its "Import video" option.

Additional tips:

The versatile AVCHD MTS Converter is not only designed for converting MTS files for Windows Movie Maker. It is also professional in making AVCHD files editable in Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Premiere Elements, Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas Pro, After Effects, Magix Movie Editor Pro, Pinnacle Studio, CyberLink PowerDirector, etc to meet your different needs.

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