Canon XA20/25 workflow with FCP – import XA20/25 AVCHD to FCP(X)

Summary: If you are looking for the best way to import and edit Canon XA20/25 AVCHD footage in FCP version 6, 7 or FCP X, this post may shed you some light on this. It explains a workaround to transcode Canon XA20/25 MTS clips to ProRes 422 for use in FCP smoothly without extra rendering process needed.

Anyone know a good Canon AVHCD to ProRes Converter?

“Hey, guys, I have some AVCHD (.mts) video files taken with a Canon XA20 camera which I want to edit in FCP X for creating home videos. FCP X allows for easy and direct importing of videos from my camcorder, but it is very unreliable and unstable, so I need a transcoder to convert Canon XA20 MTS clips to ProRes format first. Would you please kindly recommend a good Canon AVHCD to ProRes Converter if you know? I don’t want to have any quality loss while file conversion. Any suggestions? I really appreciate any feedback or suggestion. Many thanks.”

If you need to transcode Canon XA20/25 AVCHD MTS files to MOV format with ProRes codec maintaining original quality of .mts files, you can give HD Video Converter for Mac a shot. It features a few of optimal ProRes formats for users to choose from, including Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422 (LT), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy), and Apple ProRes 4444, you can select one as target format depending on your requirement in post production.

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Canon XA20/25 AVCHD Converter for FCP

Canon XA20/25 and FCP (X) workflow – how to convert Canon XA20/25 AVCHD footage to ProRes for use in FCP 6/7/X?

The steps:
convert Canon XA20 MTS clips to ProRes

Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Canon XA20/25 AVCHD Converter for FCP. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. Apple ProRes 422 is the best suited editing format for using within Apple Final Cut Pro Version 6, 7, or FCP X. To create smaller files, transcode your source files to Apple ProRes 422 (LT).
transcode Canon XA20/25 AVCHD MTS files to MOV
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start Canon XA20/25 MTS to ProRes MOV conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes QuickTime files for using in Final Cut Pro 7/6/X with optimum performance.

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