Summary: Facing issues when importing Sony HDR-XR500V MTS media files to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7 for editing? The easy workaround is to transcode mts to ProRes codec with a professional MTS converter Mac. Below is how.
Sony HDR-XR500V features full HD 1920 x 1080 video recording at high bit-rate using AVCHD format. With the stunning features, you can record the special moments and keep the memory forever. Some HDR-XR500V users would like to further edit Sony Handycam AVCHD video with editing software like Final Cut Pro to make it much more perfect. But there is a pity that when some users importing the HDR-XR500V 1080/60i AVCHD to FCP, they met some troubles as MTS is not an ideal editing format.
Q: I've just bought a Sony HDR-XR500V camcorder and discovered it has no firewire output and can't be recognized by Final Cut Pro. I've been told I can import the data from the camera into FCP, but no success.
Well, life would be so much simpler for us editors if everybody used the same codec, preferably ProRes. Brorsoft MTS to FCP Converter brings a little more friendliness to handling AVCHD MTS files in non linear editors. It is an easy-to-use yet professional app which can be used as a Sony AVCHD MTS Converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly deinterlace and convert Sony HDR-XR500V MTS files to Apple ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer and more with least quality loss. Just get the Mac tool and tips below.
Step 1: Install and launch Mac Sony MTS Converter on your iMac, MacBook. Transfer your footage from your Sony Handcam HDR-XR500V to the software.
Step 2: Click "format" bar to choose the output format. Click and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as Final Cut Pro compatible codec for editing AVCHD MTS files in FCP smoothly.
Note: To have a smooth playback and editing after conversion, for FCP 6, you can only choose ProRes 422 and ProRes 422(HQ); while, for FCP 7 and FCP X, Pro Res 422(LT)/Pro Res 444/Pro Res 422(Proxy) are all supported.
Step 3: Click the Arrow button on the main interface to start converting Sony AVCHD footages to ProRes on Mac OS X for editing in FCP X or Final Cut Pro 6/7.
More Tips and Tricks of Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac:
1. If you want, you can merge several AVCHD clips by ticking “Merge into one” box.
2. You can also set video size as 1920*1080, video frame rate as 30fps via clicking the Settings icon.
3. Get more Panasonic/Sony/Canon full HD camera Tips and Tricks here.
After the conversion, you can get the output video effortlessly. Later, you can import the converted and deinterlaced Sony AVCHD video to FCP on Mac OS X freely without constant crashing.
If you want to edit Sony Handycam MTS files in iMovie, you just need to choose the "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" in the second step; For Avid Media Composer, choose "Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" as output; For Adobe Premiere Pro or Vegas Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output.
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Source: Import Sony HDR-XR500V AVCHD to FCP for editing