How do you convert Sony DSLR-A230L MTS files for FCP X?

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Are there any workarounds to use Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD mts video clips in FCP X smoothly? If you are having issues editing Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD footage in Final Cut Pro X, we would recommend re-encoding the footage to QuickTime format first. Keep reading to learn the details.

How to transcode AVCHD mts files to ProRes for FCP X editing

“Since I upgraded to High Sierra, I have series troubles on my iMac late 2012 with my Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD mts files. QuickTime won’t play AVCHD videos from my Sony DSLR-A230L anymore and FCP X won’t import them. Final Cut Pro X starts to import but stops after a while. Tried another user on the iMac, same problem. Any help here?”

Indeed, this is a FCP X issue with High Sierra. To be able to solve the issue, you could convert them first. Here’s a guide displaying how to encode Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD mts files to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X fluently.

How to transcode Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD mts files to ProRes for FCP X?

To transcode Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD footage to ProRes for FCP X, do as below:

Video Converter For Mac , It is available for MacOSX 10.5 or above (including macOS Sierra/macOS High Sierra 10.13.14)
download Mac version

Step 1: Import Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD mts files.
Start up Video Converter for Mac and click “Add File” to load Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD video files that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD video files into it to do conversion at a time.

import AVCHD video files

Step 2: Choose output format for FCP X from “Profile” list
Working well as an Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD converter app, Video Converter for Mac comes with a flavor of Apple ProRes codecs , including Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) and Apple ProRes 4444. For a good balance between quality and file size, we would recommend choosing “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format under “Final Cut Pro” column. The ProRes 422 codec will ensure a good performance working in FCP X even on an old Mac machine.

Select output profile format

If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “Enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Settings for AVCHD video files

Step 3: Start Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD MTS to FCP X conversion.
Click “Convert” to start Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD mts video to ProRes 422 conversion for FCP X. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click “Open Folder” to get the generated Apple ProRes 422 files for editing in FCP X with optimum performance. Hope it helps.

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