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Best Way to Edit 1080p 1080i AVCHD MTS Files in FCP 7/X - MTS to MOV

10 Janvier 2017 , Rédigé par Juliet Zhu Publié dans #convert AVCHD to ProRes for Final Cut Pro, #editing 1080p-1080i MTS in FCP, AVCHD to ProRes

This guide is written for those guys who have trouble in opening, importing and editing 1080p/1080i AVCHD MTS footage with Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7 on Mac OS X (macOS Sierra included).

Most of Handycam Camcorders record in AVCHD format in 1080P or 1080i. After importing to computer, avchd videos become files with extensions of M2TS, MTS or M2T. However, we often encounter problems when importing 1080i/1080p AVCHD videos to Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7, or FCP 6. Why FCP couldn’t support 1080i or 1080p M2TS videos well?

Let me explain it. Firstly you get to learn a bit about the MTS format. *.mts is a filename extension used for AVCHD, a high-definition recording format designed by Sony and Panasonic that uses H.264 (conforming to H.264 while adding additional application-specific features and constraints) codec. H.264 encoded MTS video is highly compressed, good for transporting, but poor for editing. By the way, in order to play MTS videos on PC smoothly, your processor must be very powerful. In a word, if you want to make a short film from MTS footage with FCP and prefer fluent playback, you'd better to do some work in advance. There is an easy way to fix this issue.


To convert AVCHD to ProRes for Final Cut Pro with a more powerful and professional AVCHD to ProRes converter is much easier.

Here recommended Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, a top AVCHD to ProRes Converter which is perfect in transcoding 1080p/1080i AVCHD to ProRes 422 to edit in FCP, including FCP 6/7 and FCP X. In addtion, it is developed with some easy and useful editing functions, such as deinterlacing 1080i files, joining imported clips together for easy ingesting, trimming section of your file, adding text/image/video watermark to your original files, replacing audio tracks, etc. With it, you can effortlessly get AVCHD files converted to ProRes codec and transfer your Panasonic/Sony/Canon/JVC HD recordings to FCP.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Guide on Converting 1080p/1080i AVCHD MTS to ProRes for Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7

Step one: Click “Add” button on the top of program main interface and then choose video clips you would like to convert. Batch video files are allowed to import into Brorsoft Mac AVCHD 1080P Converter .



Step Two: Click on the Format box and select the FCP friendly format in dropdown-list. You are advised to choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”or “Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)” format. Due to the difference in the compresstion standard of AVCHD and ProRes 422, the converted files are significantly larger than the original ones. If you prefer smaller file size, please choose “Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)” instead. The “Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)” format offers file size at SD levels and is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings.



Step three: Click converter button to start converting AVCHD to MOV for FCP.

After conversion, you can click the ‘Open’ button to locate converted video files. And then it’s time for you to import the output ProRes .mov files to FCP for further editing.

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