No matter you are using Final Cut Pro 6 , Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pro X, you may more or less face some problems when trying to import and edit AVCHD files in the Apple professional editing software. Some may be related to the importing clips, editing like effects and transitions, and rendering, etc. Here we focus on importing AVCHD to FCP, and rendering.
You can import AVCHD files with camcorder connected to your Mac, or the camera archive on your computer hard disk to Final Cut Studio (including Final Cut Pro X/7/6). The camera archive is the folder you copied with all the files from your camcorder. That means you should keep the BDMV folder within the AVCHD folder. The files shall include .cpi, .mpl, .mts or .m2ts. Below is the folder structure of the AVCHD videos on camcorder memory card.
To import AVCHD files into Final Cut Pro 7/6, just go to File > Log and Transfer…, and you will get the clips listed on the Log & Transfer window if you have AVCHD camcorder connected. For camera archive with AVCHD folder structure, you can click the folder icon on L&T window to browse the AVCHD folder.
While trying to import AVCHD files to Final Cut Pro X, you may find that the Log & Transfer option is eliminated. But you can still import AVCHD videos by going to File > Import From Camera, and get videos immediately with camcorder connected. To import AVCHD folder on hard drive, right click on the blank under CAMERA ARCHIVE or the camera archive on the bottom line to get the AVCHD files from folder.
Even though the above methods work for AVCHD videos, you may find some videos are not recognized/imported to FCP. Here are the problems and possible reasons for importing and editing AVCHD in Final Cut Pro
UFUWare Panasonic AVCHD Converter for Mac is the recommended AVCHD to ProRes converter for you. It supports not only the AVCHD and 720p AVCHD Lit videos from Panasonic, but also the MTS/M2TS files from camcorders like Sony, Canon, JVC, Leica.
Apple ProRes is the compression designed for Final Cut Pro X/7/6, with less compress and high quality. And the file size for Apple ProRes would be quite large to keep the original data. Converting AVCHD to Apple ProRes could be easy as the following 4 steps.
1. Click the first button to import AVCHD files, or directly drag and drop from Finder to the application.
2. Click the Format option and choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)(*.mov) as output.
3. Click the Settings button to choose the frame size to 1920×1080, frame rate according to the source like 29.97 or 60. This step is to get best quality for FCP.
4. Click the button under preview window to export Apple ProRes MOV files for Final Cut.