AVCHD VS ProRes-Encode MTS to ProRes

This article offers the comparison between AVCHD and ProRes and tells you how to encode AVCHD video format to Apple ProRes codec.

AVCHD and Appleā€™s ProRes codec family are becoming the common formats in production and postproduction, but how much do you really know about AVCHD and ProRes? This article will offers the comparison between AVCHD and ProRes.

There is a video in YouTube which does side by side comparisons. In this video, many people totally confused that it seems to be that ProRes has quality loss.

In fact, ProRes like Apple ProRes HQ looks better, in terms of quality and especially in motion. AVCHD loses “detail” (mosquito noise”) due to compression. Plus, your CPU will thank you for not having to deal with AVCHD compression during color and VFX work. For most of time, we’d better transcode AVCHD to ProRes is because it’s far less taxing for your computer to edit.

The more compressed a format is (AVCHD/H.264 = very compressed!) the more horsepower it takes to edit, because your computer has to spend processing power uncompressing that file. ProRes is not very compressed at all, so it makes an ideal editing format. There are a lot of programs online for you to choose to encode AVCHD videos into ProRes codec. What I used is Brorsoft MTS Converter for Mac (Windows version).

With it, you not only can convert AVCHD (MTS) videos to FCP (X) with preset Final Cut Pro output profiles Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Apple ProRes(LT), Apple ProRes(Proxy), Apple ProRes 4444, but also can transcode AVCHD videos Mac(Avid Media Composer, iMovie, FCE, Adobe Premiere Pro) compatible format.

Tips for AVCHD to ProRes conversion with AVCHD Converter
1. Join files: Tick the box “Merge into one” on the main interface.
2. Edit files: “3D” edit button will help you to trim, crop, add watermark of videos before conversion.
3. Adjust parameters: In “Settings” page, you can adjust parameter including Video Size, Video&Audio bitrate, Frame rate .etc before conversion.