Convert Canon R40/R42 1080-60p AVCHD to ProRes for FCP

Summary: This post displays a way to convert 1080-60p AVCHD footage taken with Canon VIXIA HF R40/R42 camera to Apple ProRes format, so as to use them in FCP version 6, 7 or FCP X fluently with lossless quality.

Needed to convert from Canon R42 AVCHD to ProRes for editing in FCP X
”I’m shooting with a new Canon R42 camera in AVCHD format and the footage is primarily for personally stuff, holidays, etc. I’m trying to edit the AVCHD footage in FCP X, but it seems that I can not get FCP X to work with R42 1080-60p AVCHD files smoothly. I now know that I require a simple ProRes conversion, so I spent some considerable time looking for a workable converter program, but the converters I tried produced terriable files which were very problematical in the FCP X software that I was using. Does anyone know what converter I can possibly use??? I would really appreciate any help.  Thank you so much!”
canon r40 and r42
You may probably in the same situation as mentioned above. To be able to transcode 1080-60p AVCHD footage from Canon R42 or R40 camera to ProRes, you can give Video Converter for Mac a shot. It features very simple and intuitive interface, offering optimized ProRes output for editing in FCP (X).

User reviews on Video Converer for Mac
”I am happy with your software. The reason I bought your software is mostly to convert video from our home video camera’s to ProRes for editing in FCP X and to mpeg2 and mp4 files for storage. The source format is AVCHD from Canon R40 and the conversion is great. I like your software interface and features. I would use the addition ability to merge MTS files. (Chris)”

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Canon R40/R42 AVCHD to FCP Converter

Canon R40/R42 and FCP workflow – how to transcode VIXIA R40/R42 MTS clips to ProRes for FCP (X)?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run Video Converter for Mac as a professional Canon R40/R42 AVCHD to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Canon R40/R42 AVCHD to ProRes Converter

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is workable in FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and 7.
Canon R40/R42 and FCP workflow
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.

This Canon R40/R42 AVCHD to FCP Converter offers a couple of 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.

Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;
Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows.
Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.

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 R40/R42 1080-60p video to ProRes MOV conversion.

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

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