Transcode AVCHD files from Canon XA20 to FCP X on Mac

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Transcode AVCHD files from Canon XA20 to FCP X on Mac

Postby lydia622520 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:41 am

Summary: Follow the guide below and you will know how to import Canon XA20 AVCHD to Final Cut Pro X without rendering on Mac OS X (Mountain Lion included).


One thing that really makes the Canon XA20 stand out among competitors is the ability to capture HD video at various frame rates up to 59.94p, including a true 24p mode for a more cinematic feel. While it’s still AVCHD, and now supports 1080/60p in that format, it also boosts MPEG-4 support to a 35Mbps 1080/60p codec. Something frustrating, when enjoying the stunning HD image quality, many folks are having problems when importing Canon XA20 60p AVCHD to FCP X. If you’re in such a situation, you can read on the article to learn more, which mainly shows you how to get Canon XA20 1080 60P AVCHD footage and Final Cut Pro X to work beautifully.

The reason that you can’t successfully ingest those recorded AVCHD footages on 1080 60P format to Final Cut Pro is limited by the FCP itself. Currently 1080/60p footage is a very non-standard format and it’s unsupported in FCP 6/7 even the latest FCP X. In order to import XA20 60p AVCHD footage into FCP X for smoothly editing, you can use 3rd-party software to re-wrap and convert 60p MTS to MOV encoded in Apple ProRes codec first, which is a native format for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X. It’s a great way to achieve your goal smoothly. For this purpose, this article will show you how to transcode Canon XA20 AVCHD Footage to ProRes MOV in detail.

Converting Canon XA20 MTS to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X

The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac which can be used as a Canon AVCHD MTS Converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9). It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode MTS to ProRes mov for Final Cut Pro X as well as FCP 6/7. It works well and converts flawlessly. Below is how to.

Step 1: Load Canon XA20 1080p MTS files

Connect your cam or use a card reader to copy and transfer the .mts files to Mac hard drive, run Mac Canon MTS Converter as the fast Mac MTS to ProRes Converter, and click the “Add” button to load the .mts videos. You can also use the drag-and-drop method to load the 1080p .mts files to the application UI.


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 smooth editing with FCP X on Mac.


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

Step 3. Edit the MTS video before converting XA20 MTS to ProRes

By clicking “Edit” button, you can trim, crop the video, or add watermark and adjust effect to the videos which you will convert.

Trim – Choose to reserve the part you need. Just choose the chapter which you need to trim, to set “start time” or “end time”, type the portion which you want to save.

Crop – Remove black edges of your video or just get the scale of this video you want.

Effect – Adjust the effects by adjusting the parameters, such as:

1) Deinterlacing – If there are some stripes on the picture, you can check this option to make a better picture effect. (Checked by default)

2) If you want to get 3D effect, just enable this function and do settings.

Subtitles- Add ass/ssa, srt subtitles to your video files.

Step 4. Start the conversion

Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the Mac MTS to ProRes Converter will start transcoding Canon XA20 MTS 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 transfer Canon XA20 60p videos to 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 edit Canon XA20 footage in iMovie, you just need to choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” in the second step.

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