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Converting Videos Shot with AVCHD So You Can Edit them in FCP

Converting Videos Shot with AVCHD So You Can Edit them in FCP

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Hi everyone. I have a 2012 imac and I want to edit some video from my Sony hdr-cx160 camera. I’m using Final Cut Pro, but before I start a project, I’ve been doing research on the AVCHD format. Apparently its difficult to edit in because of its compression. I guess I need to convert the format first, but I don’t want to lose any quality at all, otherwise that would defeat the purpose of buying the HD camera. I’ve found a lot of info on various codecs. Some say cineform is the best, some say ProRes, but only for Final Cut Pro, some said I should use QuickTime player to convert to. mov. All I’m really concerned with is what will preserve all of my quality, and work with Final Cut Pro since that’s what I’m using. if anyone can give me advice, id appreciate it!

Assuming you shoot AVCHD (M2TS/MTS) videos to edit them, you have two solutions:

  • Use an editing program that supports AVCHD (M2TS/MTS) videos. I use Premiere pro CS6 for that. Copy the footage onto a hard disk. Be sure to copy the entire file structure of the card instead of just the clips. Then use the Media Browser in Adobe Premiere Pro, or use Prelude, to import the  AVCHD (M2TS/MTS) footage, then the files can be editable in Premiere pro CS6.

If you are not prepare to install and editing your AVCHD (M2TS/MTS) in Premiere Pro CS6, you still want to edit the AVCHD (M2TS/MTS) in Final Cut Pro, though, is easy to solve. Just download the latest version of Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter / Mac Version(read the review)and you’ll be able to convert the AVCHD (M2TS/MTS) files to a more common format – Apple ProRes for editing in Final Cut Pro with high video quality. 

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Its features include cut, merge, edit and trim clips features with an option of adding text and music, combine clips to produce single video, change resolution, video bits, frames. This program can also promise you to play AVCHD (M2TS/MTS) files and other video and audio files on different playback devices.


You can use a bunch of video converters out there. The only ones I’ve used is Pavtube Video Converter, so I cannot say much about the other converters.

How to Converting AVCHD (M2TS/MTS) into ProRes for FCP

Step 1. Run AVCHD to FCP converter on Mac, and click “File” or the file icon to import AVCHD MTS/M2TS/M2T/TS.

Step 2. Choose compatible format for FCP

Apple ProRes 422, as a member of Apple ProRes family, is well supported by Final Cut Pro. Just click the format bar to follow “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov).”

Step 3. Edit AVCHD MTS/M2TS (Optional)

You can edit your AVCHD MTS/M2TS first before importing them to FCP. Click the button “Edit” or the pencil icon to edit AVCHD MTS/M2TS. On the editing interface, you are allowed to cut and get the recording clip you want by trimming, cut off black edges and unwanted areas by cropping, add special effects, inserting subtitles, and add watermarks to make your recordings perfect.

Step 4. Convert to FCP

Click the big button “Convert” on main UI to realize conversion AVCHD MTS/M2TS to FCP.

Step 5. Import the converted AVCHD files to FCP

Run FCP 6/7/X on Mac, and click “File” > “Import” to add the converted AVCHD MTS/M2TS/M2T/TS to it.

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