Have you ever tried to edit the 1080/60p AVCHD videos, shot by Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Digital Camera, in FCP X? If so, you may have found that when you try to ingest 1080p MTS to Final Cut Pro X, the .mts files grey out and you can not select any of them at all! If you look through the related forums, such as www.creativecow.com and https://discussions.apple.com, you will get many AVCHD importing problems there and the reason is that 1080p AVCHD format can not be recognized by FCP X.
After getting more info about the FCP, you will know that Apple ProRes is the most compatible video format of FCP, including FCP 6/7 and FCP X. Although Final Cut Studio has added the Log & Transfer, the background converting plug-in which can transcode AVCHD to ProRes, its limitation about the FCP version and slow conversion make the editors disappointed. So is there the best solution to the FCP X importing issue or what is the most professional and versatile Sony NEX-F3 to FCP converter, which is great in converting Sony 1080p MTS to Final Cut Pro X?
With many conversion experiences, we recommend the highly-praised MTS to Final Cut Pro Converter for Mac users. The great Sony NEX-F3 to FCP converter is good at transcoding Sony 1080p MTS files to ProRes with lossless quality at much faster speed than other converters. In addition, it is designed with many useful editing features, including joining files into one, adding text/image/video to the imported videos, replacing audio tracks, splitting long clip at vertain lenghth or time, etc.
Guide: Make Sony Alpha NEX-F3 AVCHD recordings editable in FCP X on Mac OS X
Step 1: Free download the MTS Converter for Mac and load your Sony NEX-F3 MTS files to the best Mac AVCHD converter.
1. If you have copied the videos to your Mac, you can directly drag the M2TS files to the MTS to ProRes Converter.
2. In order to join the clips into one for easy editing, please tick the box “Merge into one”.
Step 2: Click on the Format box and select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes (.*mov), in which there are five ProRes options for you.
Tip: If you want the HD export videos, please set ProRes 422 or ProRes 422 (HQ) as output. If you are intended to get the SD converted files with smaller size, ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444 are the choices for you.
Step 3: Customize the video and audio parameters by clicking Settings in the Profile Setting. If you have no specifc requirement, you can just skip the step and leave the parameters as default.
Tip: We recommend 1920*1080 as video size and 30fps as video bitrate. If you want a smaller file, you can reduce the video size to 1440*1080 or 1280*720.
Step 4: Start to merge/convert 1080p MTS to Final Cut Pro X by clicking the button for “Convert”.
After the MTS to ProRes conversion with the Sony NEX-F3 to FCP converter on Mac OS X, you can import and edit your 1080p MTS recordings in FCP X without any problem. Moreover, the AVCHD conversion with the top MTS Converter on Mac can be effective for all the Sony/Panasonic/Canon/JVC AVCHD cameras/camcorders. It is also effective in solving the importing problem of iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. Please go to the MTS Converter for Mac to get more info.