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Tapeless MTS Workflow with Final Cut Pro 7

Tapeless MTS Workflow with Final Cut Pro 7

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MTS files exists among different camcorder manufacturers in former years, some of Sony and Panasonic camcorder still save their videos as .mts files. 

Why MTS Still Exist in Camcorder?

MTS utilizes MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVC) video compression codec and either Dolby AC-3 (Dolby Digital) or linear PCM (is used for the lossless encoding of audio data) audio compression codec. It permits MTS video to feature Efficient Reduction in the Size of the data file, provide Sufficient Shooting Time while maintain the High Picture Quality of the HD recording.

What makes MTS an Unique and Advanced Codec Compression (comparing with other Videos like AVC, MPEG-4, AVI, MKV, MOV, etc) is that it includes features to improve media presentation such as: Menu Navigation, Slide Shows and Subtitles.

What Should Do for Editing MTS in FCP 7?

Mostly, the MTS footage is encoded with H.264/AVC codec which does not work well with video editing software except for few ones. Despite of this, H.264 codec is acknowledged as a universal codec for camcorder videos, especially for HD contents. The advanced compression method of H.264 results in much less storage and the same picture quality comparing with MPEG-4. However, the highly-compressed content is not so friendly for editing software. 

When you connect your MTS camcorder to the Mac computer, you found the computer recognises your camcorder but FCP 7 cannot. It means FCP 7 will not capture the MTS files directly from your camcorder in this situation. 

These files are very tricky to use, and also very tricky to backup. This is mostly because the file structure of the SD Card must remain intact in order for Final Cut Pro 7 to properly read the videos. Like the below:

I am trying to Ingest .mts files into Final Cut Pro 7.
I dragged all of the files from an SD card onto one of my External Hard Drives.
I open up Final Cut Pro 7, Go to Log and Transfer, Navigate to the AVCHD folder then to the BDMV folder then finally to the STREAM folder. In the STREAM folder sits all of the .mts files. They are all greyed out and I cannot Ingest them. They will not add to the Log and Transfer Window in FCP 7.
What am I doing wrong? How can I Ingest these files into FCP 7 so I can edit with them?
Thanks in Advance.

Then, how to get Final Cut Pro 7 working perfectly with AVCHD MTS footage? A best way is to convert MTS files to ProRes .mov, something ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with FCP 7.

Converting MTS files to ProRes MOV for Editing in Final Cut Pro 7

The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app called Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (Best MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac Review) which can be used as a MTS to FCP 7 Converter under Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard and lower versions. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode MTS to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HD, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 4444 for FCP 7, and it works well and converts flawlessly.

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Download and install Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter on Mac. Run this program immediately. Now just follow the step by step guide demonstrate how to convert MTS files to ProRes MOV for Editing in Final Cut Pro 7.

1.When converting video to Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.

2.If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.

Step-by-Step Guide:

Step 1. Click the “Add File” button to select the MTS videos from your hard drive to this program. To save your time, this program supports batch conversion so you can add multiple files at a time. 

Tips: When the MTS files are loaded to the Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter, you can view the videos from the Preview window. Simply select an item and click the “Play” button. When the video is playing, you are allowed to take snapshoot.

Step 2. Choose output format, to edit videos on Final Cut Pro 7 native codec, you are recommended to choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), it’s best for Final Cut Pro 7 editing. 

Read the difference of ProRes. 

• Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT); 
• Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP; 
• Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422; 
• Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows. 
• Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material. 

Actually, different Apple ProRes codec corresponds to different needs. Here you can refer to this article “Differences among Apple ProRes codec“. 

Step 3. You can click “settings” to adjust the output parameters, like resolution, bitrate, etc. Don’t forget the balance between video quality and size. 

Step 4. Click the “Convert” button to start converting MTS to Apple ProRes 422. After that, click the “Open” button to locate the output files and transfer the files to FCP 7 as usual. 

Launch Final Cut Pro 7, choose File >> Import >> Files…, and browse to where you save the converted AVCHD clips to. Choose the videos that you’d like to add.

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