Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V is a top-of-the-line flash memory-based camcorder for Sony, recording 1920 *1080 video in the AVCHD format. It features a 10x optical zoom lens, 64GB of internal flash memory, 5.1 channels surround sound audio recording, built-in GPS, and a 3.5-inch touch screen LCD, which provides high definition videos for professional post-production.
“I have just bought a CX550V camcorder, this device records AVCHD MTS video format. Now I would like to import these projects to my computer. What I want is to edit my 1920 * 1080, 24Mbps AVCHD video files smoothly without codec problems, what video codec should I use in FCP on Mac platform? Can you shed me some light?”
Owing to Sony Handycam recording video in AVCHD MTS, for Mac users, editing CX550V MTS files in FCP is not an easy job as we thought. As Mac editing software like FCP is not friendly with AVCHD format and didn’t handle large AVCHD videos with great stability. Plus, there are so many limits you are facing like the System Requirements: 2GB system memory required for AVCHD and more.
To make Sony HDR-CX550V MTS footage workable with FCP, you only need to convert MTS footage to the most suitable video format for FCP for editing. Before conversion, you’d better to know FCP best supported file formats:
Video Formats: Apple Animation codec, Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes(all versions), AVC-intra, AVCHD (including AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM), DV (including DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50), DVCPRO HD, H.264, HDV, iFrame, Motion JPEG(OpenDML only), MPEG IMX(D-10), REDCODE RAW (R3D), Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, XAVC, XDCAM HD/EX/HD422, QuickTime formats.
Audio Formats: AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV
Container Format: 3GP, AVI, MP4, MXF, QuickTime
Still-image Formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, RAW, TGA, TIFF
From Apple official website or the information we mentioned above, you will know that FCP best supported video codec is Apple ProRes codec, which is native codec for Final Cut Pro editing on Mac. So we could depend on Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac to do the conversion with fast speed and high quality preserved. The one used here can meet your demands with its simple interface but rich functions. >> Read Review
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Here is a step-by-step tutorial for you to figure out your AVCHD MTS footage to FCP problem:
Step 1: Import Sony HDR-CX550V files to Mac MTS Converter. Run it as the best Mac MTS Converter, and click the “Add video” button to load your original files. You may also directly drag and drop files to application UI for importing files.
Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes codec”, including ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want. Here, we suggest you to choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the best output format.
Step 3: Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.
Step 4: When everything is ready, click “Convert” to start converting CX550V AVCHD MTS to ProRes MOV. This Mac MTS/M2TS Converter supports batch conversion so you may load multiple files and convert them at one time.
Conclusion: After converting, you can get the generated files by clicking “Open” button. Now, you can edit CX550V MTS footage in FCP freely.