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Convert Sony HDR Camcorders AVCHD/MTS Files to MOV for FCP, iMovie on Mac

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Old 04-18-2011, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default Convert Sony HDR Camcorders AVCHD/MTS Files to MOV for FCP, iMovie on Mac

Nowadays, HDR series camcorder has become people’s first choice of HD camcorder thanks to its convenient method of storage. As we all know,

Sony HDR camcorders use a hard drive as recordings storing which is much more convenient than conventional camcorders that use a tape or discs.

It means that with a HDR camcorder on hand, you can record hours of video without changing another tape.

The video format that most Sony HDR camcorders record are AVCHD or AVCHD / MPEG-2. For example, SDR-SR12 produces footages with MPEG 2,

and other model, like Sony SDR-SR10, Sony HDR-SR11, Sony HDR-XR100, Sony HDR XR-500V, Sony HDR-TG1, Sony HDR-CX7, SDR HDR-SR5 all

record videos as the .mts file.

Unfortunately, MTS video files generated from Sony HDR camcorders are not easy to be played and edited, especially for Mac users. At present, the

most efficient way to play and edit your Sony HDR MTS files is re-encoding them to Mac friendly video format, like MOV for further playing and editing

in FCP, FCE and iMovie.

To convert Sony .mts to MOV for FCP or iMovie, the essential devices and software you should need include:
1. Sony HDR Camcorder
2. Brorsoft MTS Converter for Mac.

Following is the guide to help you to convert Sony HDR .mts files to MOV[/b] for playing and editing on Mac:

Step 1. Import Sony HDR Video to Brorsoft MTS Converter for Mac.
Connect your HDR camcorder to your iMac or Macbook via USB cable. And then click "Add" button to load your Sony HDR AVCHD MTS to Brorsoft

Mac Sony HDR MTS Converter
. You can upload batch video clips one time.

Step 2. Choose MOV as output video format.
Click “Format” option and choose “HD Video->H.264 HD Video (*mov)” as the output video format for Mac, FCP, FCE and iMovie.

Step 3, Convert Sony HDR MTS files conversion.
Hit the big convert button to start converting Sony HDR .mts to Mac .mov. Once the conversion is completed, you are free to enjoy MTS

recordings on Mac or editing Sony HDR recordings in FCP, FCE or iMovie.

Your camcorder may be in the following list of Sony HDR camcorders which is compatible with Brorsoft MTS Converter for Mac:

Sony HDR-CX Series: HDR-CX100, HDR-CX110, HDR-CX130, HDR-CX150, HDR-CX300, HDR-CX350, HDR-CX500, HDR-CX550
Sony HDR-SR Series: HDR-SR7, HDR-SR11, HDR-SR12, HDR-SR100, HDR-SR200, HDR-SR300, HDR-SR10
Sony HDR-XR Series: HDR-XR100, HDR-XR150, HDR-XR200, HDR-XR350, HDR-XR500, HDR-XR550
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Edit Sony NEX-FS100 1080p AVCHD in FCP 7/X with ProRes 422 codec

Summary:Follow the guide below and you will know how to import Sony NEX-FS100 AVCHD to Final Cut Pro 7/X without rendering on Mac.

Sony NEX-FS100 is an interchangeable lens camcorder featuring a Super 35mm sensor equivalent in size to Super35mm film cameras ( same as PMW-F3), and a Sony E-Mount 18 to 200mm zoom lens. Developed specifically as a digital motion camcorder, it captures fine detail and image texture with image fidelity, low noise and wide exposure latitude.

This camcorder features 1920x1080P Slow and Quick Motion (Over & Under Cranking). Recording images at a different frame rate from that used for playback provides the extra versatility of slow and quick motion shooting. The NEX-FS100 enables Full HD (1920×1080) progressive slow and quick motion. S&Q shooting plus last scene review permits checking the S&Q effects on-set, immediately after shooting the scene without drilling down menus.

Sony FS100 camcorder records AVCHD format video, and it uses MPEG-4 or MPEG-2 codec, this codec is not good for editing in FCP, and you will encounter importing and codec problems when you try to import Sony FS100 AVCHD to FCP 7/X or Avid Media Composer.

FCP 7/X best supported video format is Apple ProRes 422 codec MOV format, so the best method to solve Sony FS100 importing and codec problem is to convert Sony FS100 1080P AVCHD footage to ProRes for editing in Final Cut Pro, you can follow the steps below to transcode Sony FS100 files to FCP for editing.

1.Download Pavtube AVCHD to FCP Converter. This professional HD Video Converter can help you convert Sony FS100 AVCHD 50/60P files to ProRes 422 MOV format for Final Cut Pro, more import and output formats are also supported.

2.Install and launch this AVCHD to Final Cut Pro Converter. Import Sony FS100 footage to the converter.

3.Click "format" bar to choose the output format. Click and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as Final Cut Pro 7/X compatible codec for editing AVCHD MTS in FCP better.

4.You can click "settings" to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want.

5.Click convert button to start transcode Sony FS100 AVCHD to ProRes MOV for FCP on Mac.

The steps are finished. Is it easy? Once you have installed the Sony AVCHD to FCP X converter, you can easily convert Sony FS100 files to FCP 7/X for editing, this software runs fast, so you can convert your FS100 footages to FCP in less time, video and audio synchronization are perfectly guaranteed, and you can use accurate trim function when you edit Sony AVCHD video in the software before conversion.
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Sony A99 1080 60p AVCHD MTS to MOV for iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive

Summary:This post mainly talk about the way to transcode Sony A99 AVCHD footages to MOV for iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive, if you have the same application need, please read it.

The SLT-A99 Digital Camera from Sony is a 35mm full frame digital camera body equipped with Sony's translucent mirror technology. This enables it to shoot without the delay of a reflex mirror, and its Dual Autofocus System to continuously monitor and alter its focus in real time. Recording on a 24.3MP resolution Exmor CMOS sensor, the A99 has great image quality and low-light sensitivity, while using the speed of the translucent mirror and BIONZ Image Processor to record images at 6fps in continuous shooting mode.

Recording features:

Full HD 1080p recording is supported with this camera and also makes use of the high-speed Translucent Mirror Technology for continuous autofocus, even while using Live View to monitor your shooting. The AVCHD format is used and allows recording of 60 frames per second (60p) for outstanding clarity and motion detail.

Recording application problem:

Can the 1080 60p footages generated from Sony A99 be recognized by iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive? The a99 gives the ability to record Full HD 1080 video at a spectrum of professional frame rates, including 60p, 60i and 24p. But is it compatible with iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive and other editing software on Mac?


AVCHD format in fact is not supported by many editing software, it is not good for editing due to the codec. So if you want to transfer Sony A99 1080 60p files to iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive, you need to convert first. You can convert Sony A99 AVCHD to best editing codec and format, and then you can edit Sony A99 footages in iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive smoothly without rendering. Below is a guide for you to transcode Sony A99 1080 60p AVCHD to iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive best format.

Step 1. Download the best MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.

Install and run the Mac AVCHD Converter as the best Sony AVCHD to iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive Converter, and directly drag and drop Sony 1080 60p A99 AVCHD videos.


Step 2. Select output video format compatible with iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive.

Click the drop-down list in the Format line to get the format box. Then choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov), it's best for iMovie and FCE, you can also choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD for Avid editing, and choose Adobe Premiere -> MOV for Premiere, or choose QuickTime MOV for Kdenlive.

Step 3. Adjust the output video's parameters as you want.

Click the Setting button after the Format to get the Profile Settings. Change the Size to 1920*1080, the and set frame rate as 30fps.

Step 4. Convert Sony A99 1080 60p MTS/M2TS to iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive for editing on Mac OS X.

Click the "Convert" button to start converting Sony A99 MTS/M2TS to MOV on Mac for iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive. With this Sony A99 AVCHD to MOV Converter, you can edit Sony A99 video in iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive smoothly.

You may also want to burn your video files from iMovie/FCE/Avid/Premiere Pro/Kdenlive to DVD disc or ISO files for backup or storage, and just get DVD Creator from Pavtube, which can easily burn Sony AVCHD to DVD disc/ISO files.


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