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Workaround to Edit M2TS Footage to FCE on Mac

Workaround to Edit M2TS Footage to FCE on Mac

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Just installed FCE. Cannot import or open AVCHD (*.m2ts) files taken by Panasonic. Updated to the latest version of the apps. The error “corrupted or unsupported fies”. Any help will be appreciated.”

M2TS is one kind of video types recorded by Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Canon and other HD camcorders. And the M2TS format bases on the MPEG-2 transport stream and supports 720p, 1080i, 1080p HD video formats.This is probably one of the most common video conversion topics I’ve seen on the boards here since I first started posting. I thought it might be a good time to note on this topic in the hopes that people searching may find this solution.

If you are taking footage from an AVCHD camera that stores its files in an AVCHD structure, DO NOT take the actual stream files out of their folders. DO NOT attempt to import the .m2ts files directly. 

Instead, connect the camcorder to your computer and run your FCE and import the footage that way. The editor will automagically import and transcode the footage from the distribution codec (AVCHD(.m2ts) structure usually storing H.264 video) into an editing codec (Apple Intermediate Codec or ProRES).

If you want to back up your master footage, copy the ENTIRE AVCHD(.m2ts) folder structure to another folder on your system. For example – if your SDHC card contains a Private folder under which all of the folders exist, copy the private folder to a HD with free space on your system. Then you can direct Log and Transfer to look in those folders. 

If you fail to import M2TS videos to Final Cut Express, it’s not surprising since only Final Cut Express 4 and the latter version supports M2TS format (but not in the trial version). >> What the best supported format of Final Cut Express.

If you have already copied the streams out or are using a device that only produces the .m2ts files – to use these files you’ll need to transcode them first. You can use Handbrake, but you won’t have a lot of fun editing unless you transcode a second time to get it from Handbrakes H.264 output into an edit codec.

Normally here I would suggest using Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (Best MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac Review). This app is able to convert M2TS files from AVCHD camcorders to video formats that supported by Final Cut Express, like Apple Intermediate Codec or ProRES codec MOV, MP4, DV, MPEG, 3GP. 
There are some other options that I’m sure some people will pop on to suggest, but I figured this would be the best and easiest method. Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter is designed to convert M2TS to any other popular video or audio format at high fast conversion speed and excellent output quality. No matter you are an expert or novice, you could easily use it for its intuitive interface.

See Also:MP4 to FCE | XAVC S to FCE

The trail-before-purchase is supported, just feel free to try it:


Key Features:

  • Three simple clicks to convert M2TS videos to Final Cut Express compatible formats.
  • Aside from FCE, you can directly convert M2TS to iMovie, QuickTime, Windows Movie Maker and more video editors supported formats without additional settings.
  • Edit your M2TS videos before converting them. With the built-in editor, you can trim or crop your videos. And you are able to add subtitles and watermarks to the videos as well.
  • Perfectly compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion and 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Below is a step-by-step tutorial for your to figure out your M2TS Final Cut Express problem.

How to convert M2TS to edit in Final Cut Express Smoothly

Install and run it, you will see the interface.

If your AVCHD (.m2ts) files are in camcorder or camera, first transfer the AVCHD (.m2ts) files to your Mac hard drive. 

Step 1: Add M2TS files to the program

Click the “Add File” button to select the M2TS 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.

Step 2: Choose output format and specify output folder

Choose output format for your specific usage. For example in this case, from “Format” drop-down option, choose FCE best editing codec by selecting “iMovie and Final Cut Ex…” > “Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov). If you select all files and click Merge, you can join all imported m2ts files to one output video.

Step 3: Convert

Click “Convert” button to start conversion immediately. Few minutes later, you will get output video in your destination folder.

After converting M2TS to Final Cut Express. workable formats you can easily import them to your Final Cut Express for editing. Hope you have a good editing experience.

If you are looking for AVCHD MTS/M2TS Converter for Windows, please click HERE.


Final Cut Express is non-linear video editing application created by Apple Inc. It is the consumer version of Final Cut Pro and is designed for advanced editing digital video as well as high-definition video. But only Final Cut Express 4 and the latter version supports real-time editing in the MTS format (currently for Intel processors only).

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