Convert Sony NX30 MTS/M2TS to ProRes MOV for FCP editing

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Convert Sony NX30 MTS/M2TS to ProRes MOV for FCP editing

Postby jacknjchn » Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:28 am

Innovative and portable, the cutting-edge Sony HXR-NX30(NX30U/NX30E) Palm Size NXCAM HD Camcorder with Projector is a handheld, excellently built HD camcorder that's capable of capturing AVCHD video in Full HD 1080p at 60/50 fps, as well as high-quality digital still images. It's equipped with 96GB of internal flash memory, an LED video light and NightShot capabilities. Have you got the powerful Camcorder? If you like editing video with FCP for sharing, you must want to import Sony NX30 AVCHD recordings to Final Cut Pro 7 for editing on Mac OS X.


As you know, the best codec of FCP is Apple ProRes. So AVCHD footage can't work well with Log and Transfer every time, especially 1080 60p/50p file. Then how to make Sony HXR-NX30 AVCHD editable for FCP 7 without any trouble? In this article, I will share an easy way -Encoding AVCHD to ProRes before ingesting to FCP.

How to Transcode Sony HXR-NX30 AVCHD to ProRes on Mac OS X

Step 1: Download the free version of AVCHD to FCP Converter, install it on your Mac and import your 1080p MTS files from HXR-NX30 to it. The app can help you fastly change AVCHD .mts/.m2ts vide to ProRes 422/444 with best quality.

Step 2: Click the Format box to get the drop-down menu, on which you can select FCP compatible video formats from the five Apple ProRes codecs, including ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444.


1. Different from FCP 6, FCP 7 has the ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444 codecs. If you want to get the MTS files converted with a small file size, the ProRes 422(LT) is a good choice for you.
2. The difference between the five ProRes codecs for you:

a. ProRes 422 (HQ): offers the utmost possible quality for 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 sources and provides target data rate of approximately 220 Mbps and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422;

b. ProRes 422: provides target data rate of approximately 145 Mbps and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);

c. ProRes 422 (LT): provides roughly 70 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (thus, smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422) and higher quality than ProRes 422 (Proxy);

d. ProRes 422 (Proxy): provides roughly 30 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 and high-quality offline editing at the original frame size, frame rate, and aspect ratio;

e. ProRes 4444: offers the utmost possible quality for 4:4:4 sources and roughly 50 percent higher than the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).

Step 3: Adjust the video and 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 buttion on the main interface.

Step 4: Hit the arrow button to strart to convert 1080p AVCHD to ProRes for FCP 7.

After the AVCHD to ProRes conversion, you can transfer/copy the converted recordings to FCP 7 without any rendering, which also makes your editing work more easy and convenient.


Main Features of the top Mac AVCHD Converter for FCP:

1. Lossless video conversion at high speed: You can get the lossless ProRes MOV files by adjusting the video parameters.
2. Adjustable video and audio parameters: Click the Settings on the main interface and you can set the video and audio parameters to get the best settings you need.
3. Joining clips for easy importing: Tick the box "Merge into one" on the main interface.
4. Preview: Double click on the file and you can get a preview on the converter.
5. Auto shutdown: Click Option and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion” before conversion starts.
6. 3D conversion. The Red-Blue/Red-Green 3D conversions are supported.
7. Crop: Edit --> Crop and you can get the imported videos cropped as you want.
8. Deinterlace 1080i files: Click Edit and select "deinterlacing" in the Effect.

Besides, as one of the most versatile AVCHD to FCP converters, it can not only make AVCHD files editable in FCP, including FCP 6/7 and FCP X, but also is greatly helpful in importing MTS/M2TS files to iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc.

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