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How to transfer video Sony Handycam to Mac FCP/iMovie/FCE

Postby lydia622520 » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:51 am

Summary: This article will quickly walk you through how to import Sony Hanycam video to Mac and convert MTS/M2TS files to iMovie, FCE and FCP natively supported format for easier editing.

The Sony Handycam was the first camcorder designed specifically to fit in the palm of the user’s hand. Until its release, most video cameras had been rather bulky, shoulder-mounted contraptions that recorded directly to VHS. Over the years, the Handycam has evolved from using analog formats such as MPEG4 AVC/H.264, HDV(MPEG2). Sony HDR-CX220, HDR-PJ230, HDR-PJ380, HDR-PJ650V, HDR-PJ790V, etc are all the featured Handycam camcorders. As the newbie of the Sony Hanycam, our concern is how to import Sony Handycam video to Mac and how about the compatibility of Sony Handycam and FCP, iMovie, FCE.

We found that it is difficult to play and edit the Sony Handycam AVCHD videos with Final Cut Pro, iMovie, FCE on Mac due to its high rate compression and special codec. In order to make the AVCHD videos from Sony Handycam compatible with Mac, the easy workaround is to convert Sony Handycam files. For this purpose, this article mainly shows you how to transcode Sony Handycam videos for editing, playing, sharing or uploading in detail. Below is how.

1. First, connect Sony Handycam to Mac via usb cable, firewire, or a/v cable, turn on the camcorder and copy video files from Sony Handycam to Mac hard disk.

2. Download and install Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac

It works as a best Sony Handycam MTS Converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8). With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony Handycam MTS files to ProRes for FCP (X), AIC for iMovie/FCE. Plus, it can also help you to convert MTS/M2TS to MP4, MOV, FLV, AVI etc. videos for different uses.

3. Launch Sony MTS Converter Mac and click add button to import 1080p Handycam video to the program.

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4. Click "format" bar to choose the output format. There are many output format for you to choose: you can freely choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), or iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov).

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Tip: Click the Settings button; you can recommended to set the video size to 1920*1080, bit rate to high quality, and the frame rate to 30fps (25fps for original 50p videos), which can output the best quality videos.

5. Hit the Convert button to start the conversion; it will convert Sony Handycam 1080p AVCHD to iMovie/FCE/FCP friendly format on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, you can transfer video from Sony Handycam to Mac for further editing with FCP, FCE, iMovie smoothly.

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Re: How to transfer video Sony Handycam to Mac FCP/iMovie/FC

Postby jacknjchn » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:28 am

Summary: This article offers a brief guide about how to transcode and transfer Sony Handycam AVCHD footages to Mac editing programs like Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Sony HDR-PJ790V, PJ780, PJ650V, PJ230, PJ380, HDR-CX220 and more 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 on Mac. So, come with a question- how to transfer Sony Handycam videos to Mac and edit with Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro or other programs? Perhaps you can get the answer from the following paragraphs.

Due to its high rate compression and special codec of the Sony Handycam output AVCHD video, it seems to be a bit difficult to play and edit the Hanycam videos with Premiere Pro and Avid MC on Mac. To help you solve the issues, I will give you a fast solution- transcoding Sony Handcam MTS to Mac compatible video like MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, DNxHD mov for Avid Media Composer.

Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (a yet professional Mac MTS to Avid/Premiere Pro Converter tool) is a quick fix for you. 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, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, and more. You can also get the Windows version MTS/M2TS Converter. Download and follow the step-by-step tutorial below.

Step 1. Launch Sony Handycam video covnerter Mac and click add button to import MTS, M2TS files to the program.

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Step 2. Click "format" bar to choose the output format. Choose Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format for Avid, Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg) for Adobe Premiere.

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Tip: Adjust the video and audio parameters as the below screenshot, including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality before starting conversion.

Step 3. Hit the Convert button to start the conversion; it will convert Sony Handycam 1080p AVCHD to Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer friendly format on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, you can transfer video from Sony Handycam to Mac for further editing with Premiere Pro, Avid MC without any issue.

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