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Import Sony NEX-7/NEX-6/NEX-5R/NEX-F3 recordings to FCP

Postby jssqlisa » Sat Feb 02, 2013 7:13 am


Sony has been the one of leaders in the camera filed. We all are be familiar with its Alpha NEX series. The most hot Sony Alpha NEX Camera models NEX-F3, NEX-7, NEX-5R and NEX-6 has brought us a lot of funny.

The Alpha NEX-F3 is Sony's entry-level mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, it's the replacement to the NEX-C3, with the most significant change being a new 3-inch LCD that can flip upward 180 degrees and face your subject; Sony Alpha NEX-5R falls short when it comes to sharing your shots online with high-quality. Sony’s Alpha NEX-7 interchangeable lens camera offers up some of the most impressive specs to hit the digital camera market in recent memory, it is one of the most lusted after cameras in years. The Sony Alpha NEX-6 delivers an as-yet-unbeatable package of image quality, performance, and design, even for its rather high price. In addition, the NEX-6 records full HD 1920 x 1080 video in 60p, 60i, or cinematic 24p. Of course the Sony the Alpha NEX-3, NEX-5 and NEX-5N are also excellent for us.

But for some users, they can't get Sony Alpha cameras to work well with Final Cut Pro 7 and FCP X softwares. Below are the 3 classic questions:

Q1. Final Cut Pro 7 with Sony Alpha NEX-F3
I have several video clips from my new Sony Alpha NEX-F3, which are in the MTS format. I am using Final Cut Pro 7 (I have FCPX but it is hopeless), and when I bring the AVCHD clips into FCP 7, they appear grayed out in Log & Transfer and I can't select them. This happens from both NEX-F3 and NEX-5N camera…

Q2. Nex-7 Videos with Final Cut Pro X
I've imported and edited AVCHD 24P files from Sony NEX-7 into FCPX with-out any issues, but problems occurred in 60p files. Any one else has met the Nex-7 Videos with Final Cut Pro X problems?

Q3. NEX-5N/ FCP 7
So I just got myself the new NEX-5N and after some initial tests was floored with the quality coming from a sub-$1k pocketable cam. of course then came time to take the AVCHD footage to post - what a disappointment so far, this does not look like easy footage to work with. FCP7's log and transfer will not recognize the media at all.

From the above, we can know the common issues on Sony Alpha NEX Cameras are the recorded AVCHD footages with Final Cut Pro 7/X. It’s hard to using FCP to import Sony Alpha NEX cameras MTS video for editing. If you're trying to ingesting Sony NEX footage in FCP but to no avail, or find some of the audio from the .mts clips is missing, a best solution is encoding AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422 before importing Sony NEX .mts footage to FCP 7/X. For Final Cut Pro, ProRes is simpler to decode than distribution oriented formats like H.264. If the videos are not optimized for Final Cut Pro, you are suggested to encode to Apple Prores codec before ingesting. Below are the easy steps for you to transcode MTS to ProRes .mov.


Step 1. Find one professional Sony Alpha NEX MTS Converter for Mac to install, then add the recordings to the program. If necessary, you can use the function "Merge into one" to combine several MTS clips.

Step 2. Click "Format" bar to choose the compatible output format for FCP. Select Final Cut Pro > --Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as the best format for FCP X or Final Cut 7.

Step 3. You can click "settings" to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want. Set video size as 1920*1080, video frame rate as 30fps.
Tip: For 1080 60i videos from Sony NEX cameras, before the conversion, please deinterlace the 60i footages for easy editing following Edit > Effect > Deinterlacing.

Step 4. Click the Convert button on the main interface to start reformating Sony Alpha NEX MTS to ProRes for Final Cut Pro on Mac OS X in best quality.

After the conversion finished, you can click “open” to find the output file, then imported the output MOV files into FCP 7/X for editing smoothly. It’s just like FCP has native support for the AVCHD footage.

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