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Nov 07

Sony HDR-TD20VE 3D Camcorder reviews: Import Sony HDR-TD20VE 3D AVCHD files to Final Cut Pro X

Sony HDR-TD20VE 3D Camcorder Key Features:

2 x 1/3.9in Exmor R CMOS with 5.4Mpixels; Full HD AVCHD 2.0 at up to 28Mbits/sec; 3D recording using MVC format; 17x Extended zoom (2D mode); 12x Extended zoom (3D mode); 64GB Flash memory

Sony HDR-TD20VE 3D Camcorder Pros:

Great image quality
Comprehensive manual features
Control knob

Sony HDR-TD20VE 3D Camcorder Cons:

No lens ring
Proprietary accessory shoe

The HDR-TD20VE is rare, like the JVC Everio GS-TD1, in that it is built for 3D from the ground up. Instead of requiring any kind of 3D accessory, as with Panasonic’s 3D-capable models such as the HC-X900, the TD20VE can shoot 3D whenever you like – simply flip a switch on the rear. The TD20VE incorporates two identical lens paths leading to two identical CMOS sensors, each 1/3.9in in size with 5.4Mpixels apiece and sporting Exmor R technology. This is Sony’s equivalent of back-side illumination, which gives sensors greater light-sensitivity for improved image quality, particularly in low light.

3D AVCHD to FCP X solutions:

You may have use HDR-TD20VE camcorder and recorded many 3D AVCHD footages, after recording, you may want to import Sony HDR-TD20VE 3D AVCHD to editing software on Mac, such as Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, etc. but, as we know, AVCHD is not the best format for use on Mac, users will encounter many problems when they try to import HDR-TD20VE 3D MTS to Final Cut Pro X, because the AVCHD format/codec is not friendly to Mac application, the best format is MOV.

The best method to solve these problems is to change Sony HDR-TD20VE 3D AVCHD footage to FCP X best supported video format and codec. Apple prores codec is the best for FCP X. Now you can follow the steps below to transcode Sony HDR-TD20VE MTS/M2TS to FCP/FCP X best codec with Pavtube MTS converter for Mac.

Step by step guide to transcode Sony HDR-TD20VE 3D AVCHD to ProRes MOV for FCP X

1.Download Pavtube 3D AVCHD to FCP X Converter. This professional MTS Converter for Mac can help you convert Sony HDR-TD20VE AVCHD files to ProRes or AIC codec for editing software on Mac, more output formats are also supported.


2.Install and launch this 3D AVCHD to FCP X Converter for Mac. Drag and drop your Sony HDR-TD20VE footage to the converter.

3.Click “Format” bar to choose the output format. For editing in FCP, FCP X, you can click and choose “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”.

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

5.Click convert button to start.

With this professional Mac 3D AVCHD to FCP X converter, you can easily convert Sony TD20VE 3D AVCHD files to Mac editing software for editing, this software runs fast, so you can convert your HDR-TD20VE footages in less time, video and audio synchronization are perfectly guaranteed. You can take this “how to import video to FCP X guide” as example to import video files to FCP X. You can also find more tips and tricks in MTS column and FCP column.

Except convert 3D AVCHD to FCP X, if you need to burn Sony TD20VE 3D AVCHD to DVD disc/ISO/folder on Mac, you can try Pavtube DVD Creator for Mac, now you can get 50% off on this product.

Breaking news: If you buy Pavtube converter products in the Thanksgiving promotion (November 14 – December 10), you can get a free DVD Creator (Win or Mac).

Related guides:

Play 3D MTS files

Edit 3D MTS on Windows

Transcode Panasonic 3D AVCHD on Mac

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  1. Jesic

    What about 3D AVCHD? Shooting in 3D is a growing trend and software for converting a 3D AVCHD to a format that can be used for editing in Final Cut or Adobe Premiere doesn’t exist. (well it does but costs $299). Converting from 3D AVCHD to side by side would be sufficient.

  2. Admin

    Hi Jesic, for Final Cut Pro on Mac, you could convert to “Apple Prores 422” using profile under Final Cut Pro catalog; while for Adobe Premiere, you could choose “WMV(VC-1)”as output format.

    While so far, our software can output red-blue 3D effect in saved file, not side by side effect. But we will add this as future target, and will possibly add it asap.

    Meanwhile, would you mind of telling us which camera or camcorder you used for recoring of 3D AVCHD?
    Thx for your help.

  3. Jesic

    Hello Admin,

    My camera is a Sony HDR-TD20VE. The recorded format is AVCHD 3D/Progressive.

    It is a full HD camera, which means it captures 1920*1080 images. While most side by side images are 2 images of 960*1080 on one frame. It would be my preference to convert to 2 separate 1920*1080 Left and Right eye files, both with audio (for synchronisation purposes, but not absolute necessary).

    Second favorite would be side by side in a 3840*1080 format (full HD).

    Third option side by side 1920*1080. All output formats Apple Proress 422.

    Another option would be to take a close look on what type of input formats are accepted from the Dashwood 3D plugin for Final Cut Pro. This is the most used 3D plugin for fcpx.

  4. Admin

    Hi Jesic, It is a pity our program does not contain such a feature at the moment.

    Actually, we have been looking into on the feature of 3D for a long time.

    I will report your request to the tech stuff for future update. While we don’t have 3D AVCHD files here, can you share a clip? You may send a file up to 2 GB via

    Thx so much for your help.

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