Import and Edit .MTS in FCP with ProRes codec on macOS Sierra

This article will discuss how to edit .MTS videos in FCP 6/7/X with ProRes codec on macOS Sierra. Keep reading.

Q: “I have hours of HD footage acquired on a Sony Handycam. Resulting files are in the .MTS format. Thought MPEG Streamclip could convert them to ProRes for editing in FCP. It doesn’t. How can I convert the original .MTS files to ProRes? Thanks in advance, guys.”

The reason why convert MTS to ProRes?

Well, this happens mainly because that MTS is not the preferred format by FCP 6/7/X. MTS format is highly compressed by H.264 codec, which is very hard to deal with during the editing process. What’s more, if you got a corrupted AVCHD structure, the only solution to importing MTS to Final Cut Pro is to convert MTS files to ProRes as FCP can’t recognize single MTS, M2TS video.

How to Convert MTS to ProRes for FCP 6/7/X on macOS Sierra

Before transferring MTS videos into FCP for further editing, you’d better encode MTS to ProRes in advance. Here Brorsoft MTS Converter for Mac is highly recommended to you which is the best MTS Converter for Canon/Panasonic/Sony/JVC MTS footage.

With it, you can effortlessly transcode MTS files to ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 444, which will create a Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides FCP, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, Premiere Element, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, FCE and more NLE systems for native editing. If you wanna get ProRes codec on PC, Brorsoft MTS Converter is designed for you. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Step 1: Click “Add” button to load your source MTS files. Or you can simply drag&drop the files into the program directly.

Step 2: Go to “Format” bar to choose “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format for FCP.

If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like.

Step 3: Tap “Convert” button to start MTS to FCP conversion on macOS Sierra. After conversion, click “Open” folder to find converted footage for importing to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X.