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Aug 01

Mac MTS to iMovie Converter-Import Sony A77 MTS clips to iMovie for editing on Mac

Question: “I bought a Sony A77 camera recently, few days ago i had christening service of my twins as well a party and shooting many mts video clips, i want import recording mts videos to iMovie for editing on mac. Final, share them to my family and friends, but I discover import mts files into iMovie is seem impossible for me to do. I was serarch in sony forum, and someone tell me to need a mts video converter and convert them so they work on my iMovie.”


For Mac Camcorder users, iMovie is a great tool to edit clips which from camcorders and videos on mac. Some camcorders recorded video in MTS or AVCHD file extention. In some cases, you can import MTS videos into iMovie successfully because iMovie supports some camcorders file format.

But in the other hand, sometimes you find you can’t import MTS to iMovie on Mac. You get errors in importing MTS to iMovie. It because iMovie is not compatible with all popular HD cams. So if you want to import AVCHD/MTS to iMovie on Mac, you should convert MTS to iMovie compatible video format or transcode AVCHD to iMovie friendly format on Mac.

As far as I know, the best method is to convert recoding mts clips to iMovie native formats (e.g. Apple Intermediate Codec encoded .mov format). To help those who wanna edit Sony 1080 60p MTS clips in iMovie without crashing and rendering on Mac Mountain Lion, Mac OS X Lion or other Mac System. Here I recommend Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac – a professional Mac MTS to iMovie Converter. It can help Mac users to convert MTS to iMovie and convert AVCHD to iMovie supports video formats like AIC, MP4, MOV, etc so that you can import MTS to iMovie or import AVCHD to iMovie on Mac. With it, you can convert AVCHD MTS/M2TS files iMovie smoothly on Mac.

First Free Download Pavtube Mac MTS to iMovie Converter

1. Run the best MTS to iMovie Converter on Mac OS X, connect Sony A77 camera to Mac, then add multiple MTS or AVCHD files to the program. Select the box of “Merge into one file”, you can join/combine multiple MTS clips into one.

2. Click “format”, choose iMovie support video format, here I recommemd AIC codec, you can move your pointer to “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)”.

3. To get best Video and Audio quality for editing A77 MTS in iMovie, please click “Settings” to set Video size, bitrate, frame rate and Audio sample rate, bitrate, channels as you want. Of course, you can also select the default setting.

4. Click “Convert”, start convert Sony A77 MTS video to AIC for iMovie editing on Mac Mountain Lion etc.

Of couser, if you would like, there are some editig functions to allow you make you videos before convert MTS to iMovie, like add watermark, trim video, crop video. When all things are ready, just click “Convert” button to convert Sony A77 MTS to iMovie on Mac. After conversion, you are able to click “Open” button to get the converted AIC MOV files for use in iMovie.

5. Launch iMovie, and then choose File > Import > Movies to import the converted Sony A77 MTS to iMovie for further editing.

Pavtube Studio recently unveils MTS Column – Convert AVCHD MTS/M2TS files on Mac, perhaps you can find more the solutions.

Good Luck!


Jul 31

Convert/Compress Panasonic LX7 1080 50p/60p MTS to AIC for editing MTS footages in iMovie/FCE

Summary: MTS to AIC Converter: This article will show “How to change or Compress Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 1080 50p/60p MTS to AIC Codec for iMovie or Final Cut Express editing on Mac Mountain Lion, Mac OS X Lion, etc.
Welcome to my blog. As a Camera fan, I often attention the latest release of the Camera. On Jul 18, 2012, Panasonic announced the 10MP DMC-LX7. The route it has chosen is to retain the same form-factor but add the fastest lens we’ve yet seen on a compact camera. Its 24-90mm equivalent optic has an aperture range of F1.4-2.3. To make the most of the fast lens, Panasonic has added an aperture ring around the lens barrel, alongside a 3-stop neutral density filter that has its own external control point. The lens also employs Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating to reduce flare and ghosting.

60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) Full HD Video Recording
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 records high-resolution full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. Upgrading the full HD recording capability from interlaced to progressive, subjects with fast motion or fine details are reproduced even more clearly.

Twice the Information of Interlace Recording
1080/60p / 1080/50p (progressive) conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording. It creates intricate detail and silky smooth motion. Even when subjects move quickly, afterimages are minimized to create more natural images.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Key Features

• Fast F1.4 – F2.3, 24-90mm equivalent lens
• Built-in 3 stop neutral density filter
• 10.1 MP multi-aspect ratio ‘High Sensitivity MOS’ sensor (1/1.7″-type, 12.7 MP total)
• ISO 80-12800
• Aperture ring around lens barrel, combined ND/manual focus control on rear
• 11 fps continuous shooting, 5 fps with AF tracking
• 920K dots 3″ screen with Anti-Reflective coating
• Full HD 60p/50p video, built-in stereo microphones
• Port for DMW-LVF2 accessory electronic viewfinder

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Guide: How to Encode Panasonic LX7 1080 60p/50p AVCHD(MTS/M2TS) to AIC codec for iMovie or Final Cut Express editing on Mac Mountain Lion?

If you’d like to use AVCHD, MTS, M2TS in iMovie, Final Cut Express but to no avail, the Pavtube MTS Converter for Mac will be right what you need. It helps those who have trouble in editing native 1080p AVCHD recordings from Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 by encoding AVCHD .mts/.m2ts videos to AIC and other common video formats with least quality loss on Mac .

Step 1. Free Download and Run Pavtube MTS to Apple Codec Converter, Click “Add” button, browse to the Panasonic Lumix LX7 MTS files and load them to the Mac MTS to AIC  converter. You can check the files and take thumbnails in Preview window.

Step 2. Setting best format for iMovie of Final Cut Express.
Click on “Format” bar to specify output format. iMovie/FCE compatible formats such as Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC), MP4, MOV, MPG, DV, AVI can be found in the profile list. Here I recommend AIC, you could follow iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov).

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start convert/compress Panasonic LX7 MTS to AIC for iMovie/FCE on Mac.

After conversion you can click the “Open” button to import converted MTS video, and edit Panasonic LX7 MTS footages in iMovie/FCE on Mac Mountain Lion, Mac OS X Lion, etc.

If you want to know convert AVCHD MTS/M2TS files on Mac, click here:


Jul 30

Mac AVCHD to iMovie-Transcode Sony NEX-F3 MTS to AIC for iMovie with best video and audio quality

How to import Sony NEX-F3 MTS footage to iMovie for editing on Mac Mountain Lion?

Problem 1. converting sony f3 mts footage to AIC for importing to iMovie

I just got some footage that was shot on a Sony F3 and the RED. I would like to work in a codec that is the same, ideally proress 422 HQ. What is the best way to covert those files into the AIC codec? Do I need special software? Can I do it in MPEGStreamclip? Oh yea I am using iMovie. Please help as I will be coliring in Davinci Resolve as well. Any suggestions?



Problem 2. Importing Sony F3 footage into iMovie?

Editing a short movie (school project) that was shot on a Sony F3. I need to know the correct process to import this footage into iMovie.

Thanks for the help

Problem 3. How to load Sony NEX-F3 MTS to iMovie for editing on Mac?

I’m using this Sony NEX-F3 camera at 3 month. It’s really amazing taking pictures at night both inside and outside. With stabilizing the camera, shooting at night landscape I can get very clear images. It’s very easy to setup the camera even the shortcuts at the manual mode. The recording in HD resolution has a good quality, even seen on Full HD LED TV. But the recorded file is AVCHD format. That means the 1080/60i MTS/M2TS recordings are can’t be edited directly in iMovie on Mac OS X. How to convert Sony NEX-F3 AVCHD MTS/M2TS recordings to iMovie editable video format on Mac OS X.

Thanks for your expert help.

You can see, many Sony NEX-F3 camera fans have problems in workflow for import/load Sony NEX-F3 MTS footage to Final Cut Pro, FCP X, FCE, iMovie etc. on Mac Mountain Lion, but it seems that the solutions above doesn’t function well.

Don’t worry! Here let’s take a Rational and comprehensive view of this frustration:

First, below is Sony Nex-F3 supported format:

The Answer as follow:

First, here I recommend Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac. Which gives me the fastest Sony NEX-F3 MTS to AIC for iMovie conversion and best video/audio setting. Now I will share my best and easiest solution about convert Sony NEX-F3 AVCHD MTS/M2TS to iMovie perfectly supported video format- the Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) MOV format.

Required software:

Free Download Pavtube Mac MTS to iMovie Converter

Step 1: Install and run Pavtube MTS to iMovie Converter for Mac Mountain Lion and load the 1080i 60 MTS files to it.

Tip: If you wanna join MTS/M2TS files for iMovie, tick the “Merge into one” box. This Mac AVCHD to iMovie converter also works as the MTS/M2TS joiner.

Step 2: Click on “Format” and you will get a dropdown menu; move your pointer to “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” which is the AVCHD transcoding format you need for iMovie. Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you need.

Step 3: Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can set the video frame rate as 23.976fps, video size as 1920*1080 and keep 5.1 channels to keep the best quality for editing MTS files in iMovie on Mac Mountain Lion.

Step 4: Start to convert Sony NEX-F3 MTS to AIC for iMovie on Mac via clicking the “Convert” button. You can find the process in the “Conversion” interface.

After the Pavtube AVCHD/MTS to iMovie conversion, you will be able to get the output files compatible with iMovie via clicking on “Open” button effortlessly.

Now, don’t hesitate to import the and edit Sony NEX-F3 AVCHD/MTS footages in iMovie no longer with any importing or editing trouble on Mac/Mac OS X Lion/Mac Mountain Lion and more.

Tip 1. If you want to burn MTS videos to DVD, I recommend Pavtube DVD Creator.

Tip 2. Pavtube Studio is announcing 2012 Summer Promotion Activity – 20% Discount MTS Converter (Windows/Mac), If you are interested, please click here:


Jul 26

Workflow for transcode Canon HV30 HDV/AVCHD to AIC for iMovie or FCE without rendering

Summary: The article will help you to solve how to convert Canon HV30 HDV/AVCHD files to AIC codec, you can smoothly import/edit Canon HV30 AVCHD files into Final Cut Studio, iMovie, Final Cut Express without rending problmes.

HDV, AVCHD (MTS/M2TS) files produced by HDV or AVCHD camcorder like Canon Vixia series, Canon HV30, Canon 5D Mark III, Canon EOS 650D, etc are not the preferred formats by FCE, iMovie, FCP, etc. Even you will have problem for logging and transferring these HDV, AVCHD (MTS, M2TS) videos.

You can get Pavtube Mac AVCHD to AIC Converter as the best Canon HV30 AVCHD Converter. With it,  you can convert any HDV, AVCHD camcorder 1080 60p/50p, 1080i, 720p or MTS/M2TS files to AIC .mov for editing with Final Cut Express, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Studio on Mac quickly and easily. Below is the detailed guide.

Step 1. Download Pavtube Mac Canon AVCHD Converter, it’s an excellent software which can convert camera and camcorder files to rich formats, such as AVI, MKV, ProRes 422, AIC, etc.

Step 2. Install and launch this Pavtube Mac AVCHD to iMovie Converter. Import the Canon HV30 recorded files to the Mac AVCHD to iMovie Video Converter.

(Tip: Before run Pavtube MTS converter for Mac, connect your HDV or AVCHD camcorder to Apple computer via USB cable, find recodings from the camera. Then copy and transfer the files from camera to the Apple hard drive disk.)

Step 3. Click “format”, for editing Canon HDV/AVCHD files in iMovie, you can click and choose “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” format.

Step 4. You can click settings button to adjust output parameters, such as resolution, bitrate, etc.

Step 5. Edit function is convenient and easy for you to use, trim, crop, add watermark or adjust effect as you want.

Step 6. Convert HDV/AVCHD video to AIC MOV for FCE/iMovie/FCP.
Click the “convert” button under the preview window, and the Mac HDV/AVCHD to AIC Converter will start encode HDV/AVCHD footages to AIC MOV for iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Studio, etc., this will save you a lot of time, just have a try.

After the conversion, you can easily load AIC MOV to iMovie/Final Cut without rendering for editing on Mac.

Happy Every Day!


Jul 24

Canon H.264 MOV to FCP Converter-Convert Canon 650D (Rebel T4i) MOV to ProRes for FCP

Canon’s entry-level ‘Rebel’ series has enjoyed continuous success in its film and digital incarnations for more than two decades. And Canon EOS 650D appears to be designed to meet these challenges head on, with new features aimed at improving its live view and video performance. Firstly, it becomes Canon’s first SLR capable of continuously tracking and maintaining focus on a moving subject while recording movies. This may not sound like a big deal – lots of cameras claim to be able to do so.

Canon 650D (Rebel T4i) videos are saved in 1080p30 .mov with H.264 as video codec and stereo sound with internal or external mics. Other cameras in ‘Rebel’ series, like Canon EOS 550D (Rebel T2i), Canon EOS 600D (Rebel T3i), and Canon EOS 1000D (Rebel XS) also records videos in H.264 MOV format. But this MOV video format came from EOS 650D is a FULL HD format that is highly compressed, its mov formats can not easily and directly import and edit on Mac with FCP, FCP X, iMovie, FCE, Avid, etc .

To edit recorded MOV footages in FCP, Apple Prores video is highly recommended because you can enjoy a smoother and faster editing process. Pavtube’s HD Video Converter for Mac, a top Mac Canon h.264 MOV Converter for FCP, released by Pavtube is a excellent tool to transcode MOV to Apple Prores.

For Canon EOS camera users, it is a best choice to import MOV footage from Canon DSLR to FCP.

Step 1. Load H.264 .mov footage to Canon T4i MOV Converter. 
Transfer h.264 encoded .mov files from Canon T4i camcorder to your Mac HDD via USB cable. Run Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac as a  Canon H.264 MOV to FCP Converter, and click the “Add” button to load .mov footage.

Step 2. Set a FCP friendly codec (e.g. Apple ProRes 422) as export format.
Click on “Format” bar and set a FCP friendly codec in dropdown-list. You are advised to follow “Final Cut Pro” template and choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as export format. H.264 codec has a much higher compression ratio than Apple ProRes, so the ingested files are significantly larger than the original files. If you prefer smaller file size, choose “Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)” instead. The “Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)” format offers file size at SD levels and is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings. The Apple Intermediate Codec (*.mov) under “QuickTime Movie Format” template is recommended as an optional format for converting Canon T4i MOV files to Final Cut Pro.

Step 3. Set possible best quality for FCP editing.
Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/ audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. E.g. Set video size to 1920*1080 when you feel like to keep 1080p as the source file features. Or set “original” in video bitrate drop-down list to keep best quality. You may skip this step as well as default format works well with FCP too.

Step 4. Start the process to Convert Canon Rebel T4i(650D) mov files to ProRes 422 for FCP workflow by clicking the big “Convert” button.

Tips: Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP X user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

Once the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the output files effortlessly. Now you have got it right, feel free to import and edit converted  load Canon Rebel T4i 650D mov files to Final Cut Pro.

Additional editing features of the Pavtube Canon MOV to ProRes Converter:

1. Combine files together- check the files to be merged in file list and check ‘Merge into one’ box beside ‘Settings’ button.

2. Deinterlace- click ‘Editor’, switch to ‘Effect’ tab, find ‘Deinterlacing’ box, and check it to eliminate interlacing lines.

3. Thumbnail- click ‘Snapshoot’ button when previewing the video. Click ‘Option’ to set the image format of screenshots.

4. Trim a section of the movie- click ‘Editor’, switch to ‘Trim’ tab, and input time point in start and end box.

Tip 1. Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac also support How to import Canon EOS 650D MOV to iMovie with AIC MOV Format?

Tip 2. If you want to know about Camcorders, Editing Software and more, you can click :

Pavtube Canon Column

Pavtube FCP Column

Pavtube MXF Column

Pavtube MTS Column


Jul 24

Canon XF to FCP X – Convert Canon XF100 MXF to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing on Mac

I need to convert Canon XF100 MXF files to Apple ProRes 422 to be ingested Canon XF into FCP X. So far, however, Final Cut Pro X sees only the audio portion. How do I get video in there, too? if you have Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac, the problem will easy to solve.

The Pavtube Canon XF to FCP X Converter for Mac software supports Apple ProRes encoding to help you quickly transcode Canon XF MXF to ProRes 422 for FCP X in a short time without quality loss.

First Download Pavtube HD Video Converter


Below is the guide on how to convert Canon XF100 MXF to ProRes 422 and into Final Cut Pro X.

Step 1: Connect Canon XF100 to Mac, run Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac as the Mac Canon XF to FCP X Converter, and add Canon XF 100 MXF files you want to transcode for Final Cut Pro into this program.

Step 2: Choose Apple ProRes 422 .mov format for conversion. Click on “Format” drop-down list and choose “Final Cut Pro” catogory to select the appropriate ProRes format for Final Cut Pro X.

Useful tip I: If you want to convert video to a ProRes format with a nice balance between image quality and file size, you’d better choose the Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov) format.

Useful tip II: If you are editing video offline with Final Cut Server, the Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) is recommended here.

Useful tip III: If you hope to retain the maximum possible quality of your HD or SD, the Apple ProRes 4444 (*.mov) is the ideal format.

Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start Convert MXF to Apple ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro X. Based on its multi-threading technology and advanced video/audio sync technology, you will get the converted Apple ProRes 422 .mov files in perfect sync of video and audio with super fast speed.

Once getting the ProRes 422 (*.mov) QuickTime video files via the best Video to Final Cut Pro X Converter on your Mac OS X, what you need to do is to import the converted Canon XF MXF to Final Cut Pro X for editing to meet your requirement.

How to import Canon XF MXF to Final Cut Pro X for editing?

Step 1: Run Final Cut Pro X, the layout of the editing software interface will pop up.

Step 2: Choose “Import < Files” at the top of the interface under the File command section.

Step 3: Select one converted file .mov from the Choose a File window and press “Choose” button to choose this file you want to import into FCPX.

Step 4: Find the file in the resources list for the project.

Step 5: Drag the file into the Timeline and then save the project. Now, you are able to edit Canon XF100 MXF in Final Cut Pro X as you wish.

That’s all! Hopefully the converting Canon XF100 MXF footages to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP X make the experience of editing HD/SD video in Final Cut Pro X easier and quicker.


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Jul 23

Import MTS Clips to Final Cut Pro X for editing on Mac-Convert GH2 MTS to ProRes Codec for FCP X

When talking about the camera and which camera performs best according to their common uses, perhaps many photo shooting lovers have their own opinions. But there is no doubt that Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 is one of the best and the most popular cameras that have been pushed to the market.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 builds based on the GH1’s movie prowess by offering some different features: a touch panel LCD screen, super-fast autofocus and Full HD 1080p movie recording in MTS format. When we shot video clips in MTS format with Panasonic GH2, it always causes some problems in editing MTS footages on FCP.

Although FCP X is announced to support MTS footages input, there always be many situations that importing GH2 MTS to FCP X for editing on Mac is impossible or takes much time. It makes people uncomfortable to edit MTS videos on FCP X. The only effective way to solve this problem is to convert Panasonic GH2 MTS to ProRes on Mac for FCP X editing. Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is pleased to offer best and fastest MTS to ProRes Mac conversion as a great GH2 MTS to FCP X video converter.

To convert MTS videos on Mac OS X Lion for FCP X, you should get ready with a USB cable to transport or copy MTS videos to your Mac.

Step 1: Load MTS footages to Pavtube Video Converter for Mac.
Copy your MTS footages to Mac, install and run Pavtube Mac MTS to ProRes Converter. Click on “Add” to import source files, browse to the drive and click “Choose”.

Tips: You can click “Edit” button to try editing functions such as cropping, trimming, adding effect, watermark and audio replacing.

Step 2: Set Apple ProRes MOV as output format.
The program offers special output format for FCP X editing. Click on “Format” bar and choose FCP >> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov).

Step 3: Convert/Compress GH2 MTS to ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X.
Click on “Convert” button to start Compress Panasonic GH2 MTS footage to ProRes for FCP X. The conversion will come to the end in a short time with Pavtube GH2 MTS to FCP X video converter.

Step 4: Import converted video to FCP X for editing.
After conversion you can click the “Open” button to locate converted files and load the MOV files to FCP X. Now you are able to edit Panasonic GH2 MTS footages in FCP X freely without any rendering.


Jul 23

How to Import C300 MXF files to FCP X without Rendering on Mac? First Convert C300 MXF to ProRes 422 Codec

Here it mainly shows you how to transcode Canon C300 MXF to ProRes 422 Codec for Final Cut Pro X so that you can smoothly import/edit C300 MXF files in FCP X without rendering.

Below are several disscussions about looking for the way importing Canon C300 MXF files to Final Cut Pro (X);

Q1: Support for Canon MXF from C300 in FCP X?
How do I import .mxf files into Final Cut Pro X? I would wait until we get an offical reply from Canon or they finally release a plugin for FCP X. Don’t like information from someones brothers housekeepers inlaw…lol.

Q2: FCPX and Canon C300
Ok… I just downloaded the XF plugin for FCP X for the Canon C300 and now FCP wont even go into the file directory on my CF card… which it did prior to downloading form canon. (It just wouldnt recognise the files in the folder system)

Q3: importing .MXF files to Final Cut Pro
What plug-in do I need to install so i can import and edit .MXF video files in Final Cut X. The suggestion of doing Log and Transfer doesn’t work (the .MXF files are gray out not allowing me to select it.) [Final Cut Pro X, Mac OS X (10.5.8)]

As you see, here many people are talking about the way how to import Canon C300 MXF files into Final Cut Pro X for editing without problems. Well, don’t blame to the Final Cut Pro, the “Import from Camera…” option works just like “Log and Transfer”. The thing is, even FCP X does not work with the Canon or Panasonic P2 MXF codec. As far as i know, to solve those problems, the most important piece of the equation is that transcoding MXF files to Final Cut Pro Xnative formats, say Apple ProRes (422) encoded .mov format along with some help from the third-party software. To help those who wanna edit C300 MXF files in Final Cut Pro X, below, I will throw a quick tutorial up on how to transcode Canon C300 MXF to Apple ProRes format and then log and transfer encoded MXF files to FCP X for editing flawlessly.

Downloading the app – Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac (currently ON SALE)

The program is a professional MXF to ProRes Converter on Mac OS X which can not only convert Canon C300, XF100, XF105 and XF305 recorded MXF files to Apple ProRes codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. The mac MXF to FCP Converter can also convert HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon) for editing in Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere etc. Below is how.

Convert, Transfer Canon C300 MXF to Apple ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro X editing smoothly on Mac.

Step 1. Import MXF files to the top Mac MXF to FCP X Converter.

(Note: Before conversion, you need to ingest the MXF footage from your Canon C300 to Mac Hard Drive, then click the “add” button to browse to import MXF videos)

Step 2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start transcoding C300 MXF to Apple ProRes Codec for Final Cut Pro X under Mac OS.

Some more helpful features of the app:

1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)

2. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.

PS: You can click properties to adjust the audio stream ID if you find the C300 MXF no sound. Besides, you can click settings button to adjust the resolution, bitrate, etc. Just customize the parameters to meet your need.

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Jul 23

Log and Transfer Blu-ray movie to Final Cut Pro with Apple ProRes 422 Format

May be you have collected many Blu-ray discs, now you want to make your own content with Blu-ray in Final Cut Pro, as FCP best supported video formats is ProRes 422, so it’s the best way to convert Blu-ray to ProRes 422 codec and the edit Blu-ray in FCP.

Nowadays there are seldom Blu-ray applications developed for Mac users, not to mention a program that can rip Blu-ray to Apple ProRes 422 codec for Final Cut Pro Editing. However, Pavtube Blu-ray to ProRes Converter for Mac can help you. It can help you rip/convert Blu-ray movie to ProRes 422 for FCP without quality loss in a fast speed on Mac OS. You can follow the guide below and you will know how to import and ingest Blu-ray to ProRes for FCP editing.

Step-by-Step Guide: Rip/Convert Blu-ray to ProRes 422 for editing on FCP with Pavtube Blu-ray to FCP Converter.

1. Run Pavtube Blu-ray Ripper for Mac as the best Mac Blu-ray to Final Cut Pro Converter. Add BD files to the program.

2. Setting Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as best output format
Click on the drop-down list of “Format” to select “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.

3. Click on “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters. Bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, sample rate, and channels are all changeable in the following interface, so you can adjust them according to your own requirements.

4. Convert Blu-ray to ProRes 422 for FCP Editing on Mac OS X Lion.
Click “Convert” button to start Convert Blu-ray to ProRes 422 for FCP under Mac OS X.

Once get the converted ProRes files from Blu-ray movies, you can Log and Transfer ProRes files to Final Cut Pro for editing freely.


Jul 19

Solutions to the problems with Canon XF Plugin for Final Cut Pro

Canon developed Canon XF Utility for exclusive use with movies captured with the XF camcorders (XF305/300/105/100) and Cinema EOS C300 camera. The Canon XF Utility offers various options for managing and playing back clips recorded with the camcorder with which the software was supplied. Mainly, Canon XF Utility lets you do the following:

* Checking and playing back clips – Display a list of all the clips recorded on a CF card, search the list and play back clips.

* Saving and writing back clips – Save clips that were recorded on a CF card to the computer, or write back preciously saved clips from the computer onto a CF card.

* Creating and editing User Memo profiles – Create, edit and save User Memo profiles on SD memory cards. Later, you can load a User Memo file from the SD memory card to the camcorder and embed this information with the clips you record.

Canon XF plugin helps users a lot while importing Canon .MXF footage to work with non-linear video editing programs. However, users still have problems one or another when utilizing the software, especially with Final Cut Pro on Mac OS X. We have a collection of frequently asked questions about Canon XF Plugin for Final Cut Pro here, and aim to provide available solutions to these issues.

Problem 1

“We are using FCP 7, and as far as I know it does not read Canon C300 files natively. We tried Canon XF utility, with very limited success, on few different machines. Main problem with that piece of software is that it expects to see compact flash cards straight from the camera and doesn’t seem to work very well with folders on an HDD. Is there a recommended workflow for us to move MXF files from an HDD to FCP 7?”

Solution to Problem 1: It is strongly suggested to convert MXF clips to Apple ProRes 422 using Pavtube Canon MXF Converter software, because FCP 7 needs to have all the footage on a timeline in the single codec, otherwise it needs to render everything and does not preview clips in realtime. The Canon Camera Video Converter tool is able to load MXF files directly from your camera, or read from a folder stored on your computer’s HDD or an external hard drive, as well as separate .MXF clips out of the camera’s original folder structure. Plus, this solution is particular helpful when you need combine footage coming from different cameras with different video modes. Best of all, it is capable of keeping multiple audio tracks in your source material.

Problem 2

“Hi, I am about to begin editing a film shot on Canon XF100. I have a hard-drive onto which all of the raw files were dumped, and am now trying to find a way of working with the files. As far as I can make out everything was copied as it should be (i.e. with the directory structure intact):

I have installed the Canon XF plugin for FCP. Problems arise when I try to use Log & Transfer to transcode the MXF material. I have tried Native/Pro Res 422/ ProRes LT/in fact all of the options from the drop down destination menu, and keep getting the same problem: namely, that about 80-90 percent of files are only transcoded in part. What I mean is that a 5 minute clip ends up as only 10 seconds. I have FCP 7.0.3 and the relevant Canon XF plugins…Now I’m at a loss as to what to do… Anyone have any suggestions as to how I can start editing this film on FCP?”

Solution to Problem 2: It seems that Canon XF utility somehow messed up when rendering the MXF media for use in Final Cut Pro 7. We heard people have troubles with EOS plugin of similar nature. Can we L&T footage without utilizing Canon plugin? Actually, there are a large number of Canon MXF converter programs claiming to be good at transferring MXF media files to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP. The thing is that it’s difficult to make audio and video always in sync in the generated ProRes MOV files. As for video and audio synchronization, Pavtube Canon MXF Converter does a good job. So, it’s wise to use this software for MXF to FCP ProRes codec conversion.  

Problem 3

“I especially get confused when I need to download the plug-ins from the Canon site, which is a real mess! I have MXF footage shot on the Canon C300 and I’m trying to convert it from true 24p to ProRes 422(HQ) 23.976. Does anyone know an easy-to-use converter to do this?”

Solution to Problem 3: Pavtube Canon Video Converter will shed you some light on this problem. More than encoding true 24p C300 MXF files to ProRes 422(HQ) 23.976, it can also rewrap MXF to PrpRes 422, ProRes LT, ProRes Proxy, and ProRes 4444 to fit different FCP use.

Problem 4
“I’ve run into a problem with a project. I copied the entire card file structure of XF305 onto a hard drive, installed all the right codecs…and it’s telling me the file structure is invalid.”  

Solution to Problem 4: Final Cut Pro users often meet unknown errors when editing Canon MXF clips. Fortunately, we always have workaround to deal with these incompatible issues. Simple convert MXF files recorded by a Canon camera to Apple ProRes 422 via using a Canon MXF Converter, this is the simplest solution.

Basically, with the versatile Canon Camera Video Converter, it will be possible to let Final Cut Pro touch MXF material shot on a Canon XF305/300/105/100 and C300 camera even without utilizing Canon XF plugin.

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