Canon MTS in FCP 7-Import Canon C100 MTS videos in FCP 7

This article will teach you how to edit Canon C100 MTS videos in FCP 7 with ProRes codec.


I have been shooting on the Canon C100 and plan to edit MTS files in FCP 7. However when I try to link the raw MTS files, Final Cut Pro doesn’t recognise them. I also tried log and transfer, it was useless. That’s much frustrated. After searching on Google, I got some clues. If you also meet such trouble, keep reading.

Some guys in creativecow.com mentioned that FCP doesn’t work with the raw AVCHD files. What we need to do is media manage the cut and reimport the footage at a higher resolution, like ProRes 422. Not HQ, that’s overkill and the only gains we make are in file size, not quality…as HQ is meant for 10 bit formats, and AVCHD is 8-bit…

Therefore, I turn to test some third party programs to convert Canon C100 MTS to Apple ProRes. There are a numbers of encoding programs online if you are digging on Google. Based on countless tests, I finally chose Brorsoft MTS Converter for Mac.

With it, we can easily rewrap and transcode Canon C100 AVCHD MTS to ProRes codec, which ensures the best result when working with Final Cut Pro 7/X. Besides, ProRes codec, it offers other optimized codecs for NLEs like DNxHD for Avid, AIC for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Premiere and more. If you wanna get ProRes codec on PC, then Brorsoft MTS Converter windows version is your first choice. Now, download the software on computer and let’s start conversion.

How to Open Canon C100 MTS videos in FCP 7

Step One: Set up the video converter app on your computer, and then Click Add Video button to load your source files from your C100 camera. You can directly drag and drop the MTS videos stored on your computer’s hard disk drive to the program.

Step Two: Click on “Format” bar and set a FCP friendly format in dropdown-list. You are advised to “Follow Final Cut Pro” template and “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” format.

Tip: Go to “Settings” page, and customize proper video/audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like.

Step Three: When everything is OK, click Convert button to start converting Canon C100 MTS to Final Cut Pro editable Apple ProRes 422 codec. Once the conversion finished, click “Open” button to get the generated ProRes MOV files.

Finally, launch Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files…, and browse to where you save the converted AVCHD clips to. Choose the videos that you’d like to add.