Summary: This article teaches you how to easily convert and import Sony HDR-XR500 MTS footage into Final Cut Pro (X), iMovie and FCE for further editing on Mac (OS X 10.9 Mavericks included).
Sony HDR-XR500 is a favored Sony Handycam for videographers. When you got a Sony XR500 and captured a lot of videos with it, what you will do next? Most of us would like to make some editing with MTS footage from Sony HDR-XR500, but problems came up. While importing Sony HDR-XR500 MTS to FCP, iMovie or FCE for editing on Mac OS X, there are many video, audio issues.
The reason why we found that it is difficult to play and edit the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500 AVCHD videos with Final Cut Pro, iMovie, FCE on Mac is due to its high rate compression and special codec. In order to make the AVCHD videos from Sony HDR-XR500 compatible with Mac, the easy workaround is to convert Sony Handycam files. For this purpose, this article mainly shows you how to transcode Sony HDR-XR500 videos for editing, playing in FCP, iMovie, FCE in detail. Below is how.
Converting Sony HDR-XR500 MTS to Mac FCP, iMovie, FCE compatible video
1. First, connect Sony HDR-XR500 to Mac via usb cable, firewire, or a/v cable, turn on the camcorder and copy video files from HDR-XR500 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.. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony HRD-XR500 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 Brorsoft Sony MTS Converter Mac and click add button to import 1080p MTS clips to the program for converting.
4. Click “format” bar to choose the output format. You can freely choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) for FCP, or iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) for working with iMovie/FCE.
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 AVCHD to iMovie/FCE/FCP friendly format on Mac OS X.
After the conversion, you can transfer the converted Sony HDR-XR500 videos to Mac for further editing with FCP, FCE, iMovie smoothly.
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