Make Sony NEX-FS700 AVCHD editable for Final Cut Pro 7

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Make Sony NEX-FS700 AVCHD editable for Final Cut Pro 7

Postby jssqlisa » Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:10 am

Summarry: The post is aim to solve the problem in importing and editing 1080 60p MTS with Final Cut Pro 7 for Mac OS X users.


I just tested the Sony FS700 MTS clips for my final cut 7. I shot a 1080 60i .mts file and a 1080 60p .mts file. I found 60i .mts worked brilliantly with Log and Transfer, but I could't import 60p clip into FCP 7. I know the 1080 60p is not a standard format. How to get the file to work well with FCP 7? Thanks in Advance.

Sony NEX-FS700(UK) is an advanced and compact 4K Camsorder with a very similar-sized Super 35 CMOS sensor. It is able to shoot full 1080p video in a range of frame rates up to 60p onto SD card/MemoryStick or via the FMU (flash memory unit) port, or it can output 4:2:2 video (with embedded timecode) via HDMI 1.4 or 3G/HD-SDI to an external recording unit. But if you try to bringing the Full HD 60p MTS MTS recordings into FCP 7 for editing, you will find the file is not surpported by FCP.

Why? First, the 1080 60p is a nonstandard editing format, almost video editing softwares can't recognize it, including FCP 6/7 with Log and Transfer. Plus, the recorded file MTS from Sony FS700 uses the AVCHD codec. The codec is not a good editing format either for FCP 7. Then how to make Sony FS700 60p MTS files editable for Final Cut Pro 7? You should know that the FCP's native format is Apple ProRes, so if we can transcode MTS to the native format, we will smoothly make FCP 7 work well with FS700.

After testing, I found Brorsoft MTS to FCP Converter is an easy-to-use software to convert MTS to ProRes on Mac OS X. I have been using it for a long time and I can successfully ingest my 1080 60p MTS footages to FCP 7 every time. It is great that the ingesting process can save rendering time. Beside the covnerted quality is perfect for editing with FCP and playing with QuickTime. If you are planning to edit FS700 MTS clips with FCP 7, you'd better give the app a try.

Guide: Re-encode Sony FS700 AVCHD to ProRes for freely editing with FCP 7 on Mac OS X

Step 1. Download and install the best 60p MTS to ProRes Converter and connet FS700 cam to Mac, or insert the SD or Memor card into the computer.

Step 2. Open the transcode softare and click "File" to load .mts from FS700.

Note: If necessary, you can click "Edit" to edit the file- trim, crop and add special effects to the file.

Step 3. Click on "format" bar, you will see the "Final Cut Pro" menu. The menu has several formats for choosing as the best output format. You'd better choose Apple proRes 422(HQ)(*.mov) to keep the original video qaulity.

Tip: If your source file is 1080p, you'd better keep the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080.


Step 4. Start ticking "Convert" button to convert Sony FS700 MTS file for FCP. As soon as the conversion ends, you can clcik "Open" to get the converted file.

Now, you can directly drag and drop the ProRes MOV file to Finla Cut Pro 7 for further editing on your Mac OS X.


With the top MTS Converter for FCP, you also can transocde AVCHD/MTS/M2TS clips to compatible formats for editing with iMovie, Adobe PP, Avid MC, FCE, ect. Mac OS X editors.

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Re: Make Sony NEX-FS700 AVCHD editable for Final Cut Pro 7

Postby vivian68 » Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:31 am

Sony A99 1080 60p AVCHD MTS to MOV for iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive

Summary:This post mainly talk about the way totranscode Sony A99 AVCHD footages to MOV for iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive, if you have the same application need, please read it.

The SLT-A99 Digital Camera from Sony is a 35mm full frame digital camera body equipped with Sony's translucent mirror technology. This enables it to shoot without the delay of a reflex mirror, and its Dual Autofocus System to continuously monitor and alter its focus in real time. Recording on a 24.3MP resolution Exmor CMOS sensor, the A99 has great image quality and low-light sensitivity, while using the speed of the translucent mirror and BIONZ Image Processor to record images at 6fps in continuous shooting mode.


Recording features:

Full HD 1080p recording is supported with this camera and also makes use of the high-speed Translucent Mirror Technology for continuous autofocus, even while using Live View to monitor your shooting. The AVCHD format is used and allows recording of 60 frames per second (60p) for outstanding clarity and motion detail.

Recording application problem:

Can the 1080 60p footages generated from Sony A99 be recognized by iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive? The a99 gives the ability to record Full HD 1080 video at a spectrum of professional frame rates, including 60p, 60i and 24p. But is it compatible with iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive and other editing software on Mac?


AVCHD format in fact is not supported by many editing software, it is not good for editing due to the codec. So if you want to transfer Sony A99 1080 60p files to iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive, you need to convert first. You can convert Sony A99 AVCHD to best editing codec and format, and then you can edit Sony A99 footages in iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive smoothly without rendering. Below is a guide for you to transcode Sony A99 1080 60p AVCHD to iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive best format.

Step 1. Download the best MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.

Install and run the Mac AVCHD Converter as the best Sony AVCHD to iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive Converter, and directly drag and drop Sony 1080 60p A99 AVCHD videos.


Step 2. Select output video format compatible with iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive.

Click the drop-down list in the Format line to get the format box. Then choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov), it's best for iMovie and FCE, you can also choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD for Avid editing, and choose Adobe Premiere -> MOV for Premiere, or choose QuickTime MOV for Kdenlive.


Step 3. Adjust the output video's parameters as you want.

Click the Setting button after the Format to get the Profile Settings. Change the Size to 1920*1080, the and set frame rate as 30fps.


Step 4. Convert Sony A99 1080 60p MTS/M2TS to iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive for editing on Mac OS X.

Click the "Convert" button to start converting Sony A99 MTS/M2TS to MOV on Mac for iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive. With this Sony A99 AVCHD to MOV Converter, you can edit Sony A99 video in iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive smoothly.

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