How to encode Sony DSLR-A500L AVCHD to ProRes for FCP X?

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If for any reason you need to convert Sony DSLR-A500L AVCHD mts files for instant editing in Final Cut Pro X, you may have interest in this guide. It explains how to transcode Sony DSLR-A500L AVCHD media to FCP X preferred Apple ProRes codec for a fast and smooth workflow.

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

“Hi there, my client handed me a drive with .mts clips copied off the Sony DSLR-A500L with no folder structure. FCP X got stuck in dealing with these .mts clips. Do I have to convert them first for a smooth workflow? Thanks for any advice.”

Actually, the AVCHD folder structure is the “container” for the video. It is the “cassette”. Tell your client to stop that and give you the entire AVCHD (or whatever root folder) on a hard drive. Have them put each AVCHD folder into a nicely named folder so you know what it’s for. In your specific case, you could convert bare MTS files extracted from the Sony DSLR-A500L AVCHD folder to an editing friendly format (e.g. ProRes) for FCP X first.



How to transcode Sony DSLR-A500L AVCHD mts files to ProRes for FCP X?

To transcode Sony DSLR-A500L 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-A500L AVCHD mts files.
Start up Video Converter for Mac and click “Add File” to load Sony DSLR-A500L 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-A500L 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-A500L 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

Tips:
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-A500L AVCHD MTS to FCP X conversion.
Click “Convert” to start Sony DSLR-A500L 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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