Get FCP work natively with Sony HDR-PJ790V/PJ780/PJ650V

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Get FCP work natively with Sony HDR-PJ790V/PJ780/PJ650V

Postby jacknjchn » Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:10 am

Summary: If you encountered problems with Sony Handycam HDR-PJ790V/PJ780/PJ650V AVCHD footage when importing to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7 on Mac OS X, you can follow this article to find the solution and solve it.

Sony HDR-PJ790V, PJ780, PJ650V camcorders are all very popular sellers in the Sony Handycam series, and also in the photography market. You may have bought one and need to edit Sony Hanycam MTS files in Final Cut Pro. So, come with a question- can FCP natively ingest and edit AVCHD mts files from the Sony Handycam HDR camcorders?

Well, a bit frustrating. The Sony MTS files especially in 1080 60p are still not well supported by Apple’s Final Cut Pro, as you may encounter many audio and video problems. In order to import Sony HDR-PJ790V/PJ780/PJ650V AVCHD footage into FCP for smoothly editing, you can use 3rd-party software to re-wrap and convert Sony Handycam MTS to Apple ProRes encoded mov format first, which is a native format for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X. It’s a great way to achieve your goal smoothly. And this article will show you how to transcode mts from Sony Handcam to ProRes MOV in detail.

The quick fix is to use Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (a yet professional Mac MTS to FCP Converter tool) to transcode your recordings. It can generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6, Adobe After Effects, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, and more. Download and follow the step-by-step tutorial below.

Source:Sony Handycam to Final Cut Pro: HDR-PJ790V/PJ780/PJ650V

Step 1. Load MTS files

After downloading, install and run this MTS to ProRes Converter, just copy the MTS files from your camcorder to your hard drive. Import the files to the software for converting.

Step 2. Choose output format

Press “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to choose “Format > Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the best codec for FCP 6/7 and FCP X on Mac. The Mac Sony MTS converter will transcode Sony MTS to FCP 6/7 or FCP X compatible MOV with ProRes as video codec in HD 1920×1080.


Step 3. Specify the video settings

You can click “settings” button in the main interface to customize the output video’s parameters, such as resolution, frame rate, etc.


Step 4. Start the conversion

Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the Mac MTS to ProRes Converter will start transcode Sony Handycam AVCHD to Prores MOV for FCP(X) on Mac.

After the conversion, click the “Open” button to locate converted files, then load ProRes .MOV files in FCP (X). Now you can successfully and easily import Sony Handycam HDR-PJ790V/PJ780/PJ650V 1080 60p MTS footage to FCP 6/7 or FCP X for editing with best quality.

Additional Tips:

1. If you are also a FCP X user, 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 batch conversion, the professional iMedia Converter for Mac is the best choice for you.

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