Convert Sony NX5U/NX30U/NX70U MTS Files to FCP(X) on Mac

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Summary: This article teaches you how to easily convert and import Sony NX5U MTS footage into Final Cut Pro (X) for further editing on Mac (OS X 10.10 Yosemite included).

Sony HXR-NX5U, first in Sony’s line of NXCAM solid-state, is an attractive camera with its excellent image and video quality. With Sony NX5U, you can easily capture Full HD recordings in AVCHD format. And in this article, we will give some tricks for those users who wanna import & edit Sony NX5U MTS recordings in FCP. If you are seeking for the way, get it now.

How about the compatibility of Sony NXCAM HXR-NX5U and Final Cut Pro? Well, most of us found that it is difficult to play and edit the Sony NX5U AVCHD videos with FCP on Mac. That’s mainly due to its high rate compression and special codec. In order to make the AVCHD videos from Sony HXR-NX5U compatible with Final Cut, the easy workaround is to convert HXR-NX5U MTS files to Apple ProRes .mov. For this purpose, this article mainly shows you how to transcode Sony HXR-NX5U videos for editing in FCP 6/7/X in detail. Below is how.

Supported OS:  Mac OS X 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9,10.10;

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1. Download and install UFUWare AVCHD Converter for Mac

It works as a best Sony MTS Converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9) and Yosemite(10.10). With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony MTS files from Sony NXCAM(like Sony HXR-NX5U, HXR-NX70U, HXR-NX30U, etc) to ProRes for FCP (X), AIC .mov for iMovie/FCE. Plus, it can also help you to convert MTS/M2TS to MP4, MOV, FLV, AVI etc. videos for different uses.

2. Connect Sony NX5U to Mac via usb cable, firewire, or a/v cable. Launch the professional AVCHD Converter for Mac and click add button to import 1080p video to the program for converting.

Tip: If you want join MTS/M2TS video clips to a single file, just check the “Merge into one file” box.

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3. Click “Format” bar to choose the output format. You can freely choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as output format for FCP.

Tip: Click the Settings button; you can recommended to set the video size to 1920*1080, bit rate to high quality, and the frame rate to 30fps, which can output the best quality videos.

4. Hit the Convert button to start the conversion; it will convert Sony 1080p AVCHD to FCP friendly format on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, you can transfer video from Sony NX5U for further editing with Final Cut Pro moothly.

Additional Tips:

For viewing raw MTS files on Mac(with QuickTime Player), importing, editing MTS footage in Non-Linear Editing System iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, the best and effective solution to convert MTS to MOV, a Mac native format, which will resolve all the AVCHD issues on Mac OS X.

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