Summary: The article will give you the workflow for how to import Sony HDR-CX360V 1920×1080 50p/60p MTS footages to Final Cut Pro if your Log and Transfer is proved to be ineffective while ingesting MTS files from Sony HDR-CX360V.
I used Sony HDR-CX360V to record 1920×1080 50p/60p AVCHD MTS files, which are not compatible with FCP. So in order to edit .mts clips on Final Cut Pro, conversion from MTS in 50/60 progressive mode to ProRes is necessary.
I’ve tried Clipwrap, Toast and Pavtube to carry out the conversion. Clipwrap failed because it cannot export 50/60 progressive mode; Toast completed converting but the quality is badly affected.
Only Pavtube MTS Converter for Mac successfully converted the 50p/60p MTS to ProRes 422 with no loss of quality. I really want to say that it is the best software to transcode Sony HDR-CX360V 1920×1080 50p/60p AVCHD MTS footage for FCP that I’ve ever used.
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Here is the step-by-step guide to quickly Convert/Edit Sony CX360 50p/60p MTS to ProRes 422 (*.mov) on Final Cut Pro.
1. Import .mts files.
Run the professional Mac MTS Converter for FCP. Use a USB cable to Connect Sony HDR-CX360V to Mac. Click “Add” icon or drag and drop to load .mts files from Sony HDR-CX360V to Pavtube MTS Converter for Mac. Follow the popup window and wizard to complete the import.
Choose Apple ProRes 422(HQ) (*.mov) under Final Cut Pro as its output format and choose “50” (or 60) for the frame rate.
2. Choose Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) for editing on FCP.
Hit “Format” box and select one of the Apple ProRes codecs on the dropdown list. You are advised to choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”or “Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)” format. Due to the difference in the compresstion standard of AVCHD and ProRes 422, the converted files are significantly larger than the original ones. If you prefer smaller file size, please choose “Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)” instead.
Note: Since ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy), and ProRes 4444 have not been added to FCP 6, you’d better not set one of them as output if you happen to edit your H.264 files in FCP 6 before upgrading FCP 7.
- ProRes 422 (HQ): offers the utmost possible quality for 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 sources and provides target data rate of approximately 220 Mbps and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422;
- ProRes 422: provides target data rate of approximately 145 Mbps and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
- ProRes 422 (LT): provides roughly 70 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (thus, smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422) and higher quality than ProRes 422 (Proxy);
- ProRes 422 (Proxy): provides roughly 30 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 and high-quality offline editing at the original frame size, frame rate, and aspect ratio;
- ProRes 4444: offers the utmost possible quality for 4:4:4 sources and roughly 50 percent higher than the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).
3. Setting the best profile for editing mts files on Final Cut Pro.
By clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface. Adjust the video and parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc.,
4. Convert MTS to ProRes 422 HQ for FCP X.
Click the “arrow” button to start converting Sony CX360V 50p/60p MTS to ProRes 422 HQ on Mac Lion 10.8/10.7/10.6/10.5 immediately.
After the MTS to ProRes conversion is 100% completed, please run the Final Cut Pro and click “File –> Import –> Files” for editing Sony CX360V MTS files in FCP without any rendering and quality loss. Besides the ability to transfter the Sony CX360V MTS files to FCP, the versatile MTS Converter for Mac can help you import/edit Sony CX360V MTS files into FCP X, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, etc. If you are interested, please link to MTS Column to get more info.