Summary: If you have troubles while working R52 60p files with FCP X, you can consider transcoding VIXIA R52 MP4/AVCHD footage to Apple ProRes, the best suited editing codec of FCP X.
“I’m a photographer rather than a videographer myself, because I’m more into photo shooting actually. But recently I have been in love with video shooting since my son’s arrival. I purchased a new Canon HF R52 camcorder mainly for its Advanced Baby Mode and it doesn’t let me down. Also, I tried different approach to document my family trip and captured our favorite moments with the R52. Now I want to import Canon R52 footage to FCP X so that I can create my home video, but it seems that FCP X doesn’t recognize the R52 AVCHD files well, especially those MTS clips at 60p. So I would like to throw out a quick question there, is it possible to let FCP X work with HF R52 smoothly?”
Yes, it is. It is not something impossible to do. By using Video Converter for Mac, you are able to transcode R52 MP4/AVCHD footage to Apple ProRes for use within FCP X. This is considered as the best workflow for Canon HF R52 and FCP X when you have troubles while working R52 60p files with FCP X.
The best workflow for Canon HF R52 and FCP X – convert VIXIA R52 MP4/AVCHD to Apple ProRes for FCP X
In order to encode Canon VIXIA HF R52 MP4/AVCHD footage to FCP X’s workable files using Video Converter for Mac, follow these steps:
Step 1: Run Video Converter for Mac as a Canon VIXIA R52 Video Converter for Mac. When the main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ button to import MP4/AVCHD shootings captured by a Canon R52 camera. You can load directly from a camera or from a card reader, or from a folder on your HDD that contains your media data.
Step 2: Select output format for FCP X
In order to convert Canon VIXIA HF R52 MP4/MTS footage to Apple ProRes for FCP X or the former version FCP 6 and 7, from the Format bar, navigate to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for FCP X and FCP 6/7, so when loading them into FCP, you needn’t wait for a long time for the rendering process.
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: Custom video and audio settings （for advanced users）
Click ‘Settings’ button, the ‘Profile Settings’ window pops up, on which you are allowed to custom video and audio parameters like bit rate, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, and audio channels.
Step 4: Transcode Canon VIXIA HF R52 MP4/AVCHD 60p shootings to Apple ProRes 422
When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to convert Canon VIXIA HF R52 MP4/AVCHD footage to Apple ProRes for editing with FCP X.
Tips: if you don’t want to wait around in front of your computer for the converting process, you can tick off ‘Shut down computer after conversion’ and go away to do other things.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files
When the conversion is finished, simply click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported ProRes 422 files for using in Final Cut Pro X, or FCP 6/FCP7 with optimum performance.