How to Change AVCHD MTS to ProRes for FCP editing

Wanna import AVCHD MTS videos to FCP with Apple ProRes codec? This article will teach you how to convert .mts/.m2ts files to ProRes.

One of the most common questions that I get from people regarding the breed of HD-DSLR cameras is “What’s your post-workflow of AVCHD with FCP?”

“Hi guys, I shot something with the .mts format via Canon. My understanding is that AVCHD is extremely compressed. Do I need to encode AVCHD to FCP  friendly format so that I can edit AVCHD .mts videos in FCP?”

Simply put – all you need to do is to convert the native footage from the Canon, Sony, Panasonic .etc from the AVC H.264 format to a format that your computer and software will support. For me it’s simple given that I work with Final Cut Studio – Apple’s ProRes codec. What this means is that I simply convert the AVCHD footage to ProRes, the higher quality (and less compressed) codec with a professional third party program-Brorsoft MTS Converter for Mac.

With it, you can easily transcode AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro on Mac within few clicks. Besides Apple ProRes codec, it also offers optimized codecs for other NLEs such as MPEG-2 for Premiere, DNxHD for Avid, AIC for iMovie and more. If you are a PC user, pls turn to Brorsoft MTS Converter windows version. Now, download the software on computer and follow the guide below to start conversion.

How to Change AVCHD .mts to ProRes

Step 1: Download, install and launch the best MTS to ProRes Converter to import your .mts/.m2ts footages to it.

Step 2: Click format bar to choose “Apple ProRes” codec for AVCHD videos. You are provided with five Apple ProRes options listed as below. You can choose a proper one that fit your needs best according to the main difference of the five ProRes codecs. You’re recommended to choose “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”, it’s best for FCP editing.

Step 3: You can click settings button in the main interface to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, frame rate, etc, customize the parameters as you want.

Step 4: Hit “Convert” button to start transcoding AVCHD to Apple ProRes codec on Mac OS X. This conversion process will finish soon. Afterwards, click the “Open” button to locate the output files and import to FCP X/7/6.

In this way, you can easily import and edit your AVCHD video files in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 with ProRes codec smoothly.

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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 Apple’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.

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.