Summmary: Follow this tutorial to learn the Canon XA10 Workflow to FCP, iMovie, FCE by converting 1080p AVCHD MTS files to a Mac most compatible format.
The new ultra compact XA10 Professional Camcorder is designed for situations where mobility is critical while shooting. This feature-rich, professional model records Full HD 1080p using an AVCHD codec; however, the output videos in AVCHD(a highly compressed format) are rather difficult to handle. And the video editing software like iMovie, FCE, FCP can't support Canon XA10 MTS videos on Mac OS X perfectly.
Q1: How to import video from Canon XA10 to FCP (X)
“I have a ton of footage a client brought in that was shot on a Canon XA10 HD camcorder. They are .MTS files. I don't see any timecode on them. I need to get them into FCP X to edit with. Everything goes south when I try to import into FCP X, however. The software does not recognize the camera. If I pull out the SD card and try importing from there, the card will be immediately recognized on the desktop, but FCP X does not see it and will not import it.”
Q2: Canon XA10 Compatibility with iMovie
“I am wondering if iMovie supports Canon XA10? The xa10 isn't listed on the iMovie support list but the list hasn't been updated since early January. I've also heard that many cameras are not listed for whatever reason though they work in iMovie. So.. what's the chance of the xa10 working? Also, does AVCHD codec harder to work with on a Mac? I've its annoying to use...”
You may got know that the latest version of these Mac applications, Final Cut Pro, iMoive, Final Cut Express tends to support AVCHD videos, but we have to accept the truth that AVCHD, a highly compressed format is not ideal for editing. More than one problem has been occurred during the importing & editing process like the slow rendering, program crashed, can't recognize the camera...
In order to import and edit Canon XA10 MTS files in FCP/iMovie/FCE without crashing problem and avoid rendering, you'd better transfer the Canon XA10 AVCHD footages to FCP, or iMovie/FCE native format. Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac can help you achieve the goal smoothly. It can aid you to change AVCHD (*.MTS) files to standard Apple ProRes for FCP 6/7/X, Apple InterMediate Code(AIC) for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD mov for Avid Media Composer without losing any quality. In fact, it's an all-in-one converter for fast transcoding, deinterlacing AVCHD MTS footage from Canon, Panasonic, JVC, Sony full HD camcorder/cameras on Mac OS X(Leopard/Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion/Mavericks) that makes the MTS editing work much easier with Non-Linear System.
Transcoding Canon XA10 MTS recordings to FCP/iMovie/FCE
Step 1: Install and Launch the MTS Converter for FCP/iMovie on your Mac and load your .mts/.m2ts files to it.
Step 2: Click on the Format box and select a proper format in dropdown-list.
You are advised to choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”or “Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)” format for Final Cut Pro.
And iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) is the best format for editing Canon XA10 MTS in iMovie 8/9/11 or FCE.
Step 3: For editing XA10 1080p AVCHD in Final Cut Pro, iMovie smoothly, the best Frame Rate is 30fps, so we recommend you set 1920*1080 as video size and 30fps as Frame Rate on the Profile Settings.
Step 4: Click the Convert button on the main interface to start the Canon XA10 to FCP/iMovie/FCE conversion. Once the process is at 100%, then the converted video is ready for importing and editing on Mac OS X.
Tips on AVCHD Converter for FCP/iMovie:
1. Joining files: Tick the box "Merge into one" on the main interface.
2. Preview: Double click on the file and you can get a preview on the converter.
3. Crop: Edit --> Crop and you can get the imported videos cropped as you want.
4. Auto shutdown: Click Option and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion” before conversion starts.
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Source:Edit Canon XA10 AVCHD MTS with FCP, iMovie, FCE