Summary: To get Final Cut Pro working perfectly with AVCHD .mts files, a best way is to convert MTS to ProRes MOV, something ensuring best results when using .mts files in FCP. Read on to learn details.
As you see, the incompatibility of AVCHD .mts files exists among different camcorder manufacturers. Mostly, the MTS footage captured by Sony Handycam 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. Then, how to get Final Cut Pro 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.
If you have problems when using MTS files in Final Cut Pro and want to make a smooth editing, you can read on the article to learn more. Here I will outline how to transcode AVCHD MTS files to ProRes MOV for smoothly importing and editing in FCP 6/7/X.
Converting MTS files to ProRes MOV for Editing in Final Cut Pro
The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app called Brorosft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac which can be used as a AVCHD MTS to FCP Converter under Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard 10.6, etc. 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, MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, DNxHD .mov for Avid MC, etc., and it works well and converts flawlessly. If you running a Windows computer, please turn to the alternative Windows version – MTS Converter. Below is how.
Step 1. Add MTS footage to the MTS to FCP Converter.
Once you run it, click “Add Video” button or “Add from folder” button to load your source MTS files. When the MTS files are loaded to the MTS to FCP 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 ProRes MOV as output format for MTS to FCP conversion.
Brorsoft MTS Converter Mac offers optimized format presets for Final Cut Pro, “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)", “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)", etc. Choose a one you need.
If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like.
Step 3. Convert MTS to ProRes MOV for importing to Final Cut Pro.
Click “Convert” button and the selected MTS files will be converted to Apple ProRes encode mov files. You may check the converting progress and set auto shutdown in the conversion window. After conversion, click “Open” folder to find converted footage for importing to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X.