Make Sony NEX-VG20 50p MTS editable for FCP 7

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Make Sony NEX-VG20 50p MTS editable for FCP 7

Postby jssqlisa » Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:50 am

Unleash your creativity with Sony's new interchangeable lens Handycam camcorder. Featuring a 16.1-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor for gorgeous depth of field, this camcorder is in a class of its own. Record 1920x1080/24p AVCHD video with smoother motion, capture DSLR-like photos in RAW and JPG, and capture 5.1-channel audio with the Quad Capsule Spatial Array microphone. To add even more creativity, choose from numerous A- and E-mount lens attachments. For easy framing of your subjects and simple control, the VG20 features a 3" touch-panel LCD with TruBlack technology for superb contrast and reduced glare.


While we are pleased with the video quality of the recordings, the trouble with the 1080p 50 video is that Final Cut Pro can not recognize these 50p files at all, whether you copy them directly from your VG20 or from the video folder which has been copied to Mac. For example" I got my new Sony VG-20 for days. I did some video recordings, which was shot at 50p. I found FCP 7 will not recognize avchd footage from Sony nex vg20. How can one deal with this? Thanks to all who can tell."

Unluckily, the FCP 7 cannot ingest 1080 60p or 50p files natively. Is there any workaround to resolve the issue FCP 7 won’t recognize Sony NEX-VG20 footage? As far as I know FCP X 10.0.4 and above can directly support 1080 50p/60p AVCHD without any plugin or program. If you can't upgrade to FCP X 10.0.4, the best solution we’ve found out is to get a powerful Mac MTS/M2TS Converter to convert 1080 50p AVCHD to FCP 7 video format avoiding the quality loss fo you, which offers you particular profiles for Final Cut Pro including ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444 as well as the ProRes 422 (HQ), which can bring you a lossless mts conversion.


Step 1: Install and launch the best 50p AVCHD to FCP 7 Converter. Import your Sony NEX-VG20 footages to the converter.

Step 2: Click "Format" bar to choose the output format. Click and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as Final Cut Pro 7 compatible codec for editing AVCHD MTS files in FCP 7 smoothly.

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 25fps is better.

Step 4: Click convert button to start to convert Sony VG20 50p AVCHD to ProRes 422 for FCP 7 on Mac OS X.

When the conversion process shows in 100%, you can get the resulted videos via tapping the Open button in the main interface. Now, transfer Sony NEX-VG20 1080 50p MTS to Final Cut Pro 7 on Mac for editing without quality loss.

Tips for Sony VG20 to FCP 7 Conversion:
1. Merge several AVCHD clips by ticking “Merge into one” box.
2. Double click on the file and you can get a preview on the converter.
3. Click Option and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion” before conversion starts for auto shutdown if you need.
4. Crop: Edit --> Crop and you can get the imported videos cropped as you want.
5. If you shot in 60p mode and also found out that same/similar problem exists in FCP, please refer to Convert Sony NEX-VG20 60p AVCHD to FCP X.

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