FCP M2TS: How to Transcode M2TS files to Apple ProRes for FCP

The article offers you a darn easy M2TS to FCP solution for importing your M2TS files to FCP with Apple ProRes codec.

The .m2ts is a filename extension used for the BDAV MPEG-2 Transport Stream container file format. It is used for multiplexing audio, video and other streams. Many AVCHD camcorders, such as the Sony, Panasonic, Canon capture videos in m2ts video formats. After recording, many users are eager to open M2TS files into FCP or other NLEs for further editing. This article will teach you how to edit M2TS videos in FCP smoothly.

Situation One: M2TS videos are compatible with FCP

1. Connect camcorder with your Mac via USB, and it will show up as a drive on the desktop
2. Hit Cmd-Shift-8 to open the Log&Transfer window (FCP 6 or above) to import the videos

Although Log&Transfer can be considered as one of useful ways for transferring M2TS files into FCP, it costs a lot of time on rendering process. Moreover, some videos will be played jerkly with poor sound in FCP preview window. The reason why users meet such problem is much simple: M2TS is not a native video format to FCP. If the MTS/M2TS files are incompatible with FCP, you need to convert them to FCP friendly format-Apple ProRes with a third party program.

Situation Two: M2TS videos are incompatible with FCP

There are a lot of professional tools online for you to choose. Here we recommend Brorsoft MTS Converter for Mac to you which is recognized as one of the best AVCHD video converting tools on the market. With it, users can directly convert AVCHD.MTS/.M2TS (1080p60/50 included) to FCP natively supported Apple ProRes without quality loss. What’s more, besides FCP preset outputs, this Mac AVCHD converter also offers other optimized codecs for NLEs, like AIC for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer and more. Now download the software on Mac (Yosemite included) and follow the below guide to learn how to encode M2TS videos to FCP.

How to Make M2TS videos editable in FCP without trouble

Step 1: Install and run the best Mac M2TS to FCP Converter, you can click “Add Video” button to load AVCHD M2TS source files. Or you can drag&drop the video files into program directly.

Step 2: Click on “Format” bar and set a FCP friendly format in dropdown-list. You are advised to choose “Final Cut Pro-Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” format as output.

Tip: Before conversion, you are allowed to click the “Settings” button to customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate .etc

Step 3: Tap “Convert” button to start transcoding the MTS/M2TS to Apple ProRes 422 codec. After conversion just click the “Open” button to locate converted video files for FCP

Now Launch Final Cut Pro, choose File >> Import >> Files…, to open the encoded videos in FCP.

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