"Hi, I downloaded the FCP to try it out and see if it would work with my HDR-XR550, for some reason i cannot seem to import any files. I want to be able to import the files and edit my video. I have read a few threads with some negative comments and difficulties importing files. So, it would be great if someone gives a hint as to how to do it. I have played with it for sometime now, and dont seem to understand how to import the video. Thus, i assume i am missing something."
If you are also a Sony HDR-XR550/XR550V user, you must be familiar with the importing issue. The problem is related to the codec and format of the footages you shoot at to large extend, not the trademark and the model of your camera. As we all konw, the HDR series record 1920 x 1080i HD videos and its 24Mbps AVCHD video capture help you to get the most out of your memories. But it also turns out to be a pain while you want to edit AVCHD footages in Final Cut Pro on Mac OS X, including FCP 6/7 and FCP X, since AVCHD, saved as .mts/.m2ts, is not the friendly video format of Final Cut Pro, even Mac.
While trying to import AVCHD from Sony HDR-XR550/XR550V, you will find that all the files, which can be played on camera, are greyed out and unimportable. How to make AVCHD editable is your first step. As I have mentioned, the AVCHD is not what FCP wants, then what is the compatible video format of Final Cut Pro. It is easy to find on Google - Apple ProRes (mov). Now the solution is easy to find. You just need to convert MTS files to ProRes 422. Actually, in order to solve the incompatibility problem, FCP launched the Log&Transfer, a background converter, but what you get, if you can use it without any problem, will be ProRes 422 LT files with loss of quality.
So how can you transfer AVCHD files from HDR-XR550/XR550V to FCP without any quality loss? It depends on the converter you are using. Here recommended the best Mac MTS to MOV Converter. It is professional in transcoding AVCHD files to ProRes 422 HQ with lossless quality and without any out-of-sync problem. Besides, it can deinterlace 1080i files, combine imported clips into one, add text/video/image watermarks, replace video tracks, etc. Thus it is the most effective MTS to FCP Converter for Sony HDR-XR550 and FCP users.
Guide: How to convert Sony HDR-XR550/XR550V AVCHD to ProRes 422 QT with original quality
Step 1: Install aPubsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac and import your AVCHD recording from Sony HDR-XR550/XR550V to it.
Step 2: Click the Format box and you will get five options in Final Cut Pro. If you want the HD quality, ProRes 422 or ProRes 422 (HQ) will be your choice.
Step 3: Adjust video and audio's parameters according to your needs by clicking Settings. If you have no special need, the step is skippable.
Step 4: Click the button for Convert and you can start to transcoding/deinterlacing Sony 1080i MTS files to ProRes 422 immediately.
Tips for MTS to MOV conversion
1. If you want to join the imported files as one, please select all files and click "Merge".
2. Deinterlacing has been chosen as default, so you needn't worry about it.
3. If you want to preserve the HD quality but also a relatively smaller size, please change the video size from 1920*1080 to 1440*1080 or 1280*720.
The versatile AVCHD Converter can also be helpful in transferring AVCHD footages from Sony HDR-XR550/XR550V to iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, and other Mac editing/burning soft wares. If you want to get more info, please go to the aPubsoft Mac MTS/M2TS Converter.
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