Sony HXR-NX5U AVCHD workflow in FCP

Summary: The HXR-NX5U is Sony’s first NXCAM branded camcorder. This post explains how to convert AVCHD (.mts) clips recorded by Sony HXR-NX5U to Apple ProRes 422 codec, so as to edit them using Apple Final Cut Pro.

sony nx5uThe NX5U is Sony’s first camcorder in NXCAM product line designed for professionals. It comes with powerful features for professional video production, such as stunning AVCHD picture quality, flexible media selection, and HD-SDI output.

The Sony HXR-NX5U camera stores shootings in either MTS format or MPG format. The MTS file is the high quality AVCHD video stream data. During long recordings, the clip is automatically divided into 2GB segments. The MPG file is the SD quality MPEG2 file. During long recordings, the clip is automatically spanned into 2GB segments. The AVCHD MTS data files should be imported into Final Cut pro using Log and Transfer utility, but users often encounter unexpected import errors one or another. In such a case, we usually considering transcoding Sony MTS clips to Apple ProRes Codec using third party software.

Even if the FCP ingest your MTS clips successfully, it always takes a long time to automatically convert the camera-native AVCHD clips to a user selectable Apple ProRes 422 format. That’s another reason why we convert Sony NX5U MTS clips to Apple ProRes 422 format using thtird party Sony NX5U MTS Converter.

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*Do not move or copy individual clips via the Macintosh Finder, as this will result in unusable media on the target drive.

*For copying individual clips to hard disk, use the Sony Content Management Utility (CMU).

*The Macintosh Finder may be used to do an archive of the entire contents of either a memory card or HXR-FMU.

How to transcode Sony MTS to ProRes 422 using MTS to FCP Converter?

Follow these steps:
1. Download the free trial version from the download link provided above. Install and start up it as a Sony AVCHD to FCP Converter.

2. Click ‘Add File’ to import source MTS clips.
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3. Click ‘Format’, select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output from ‘Final Cut Pro’ column.

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.

4. Customize video and audio settings if necessary. You are allowed to do advanced settings on video bit rate, frame rate, resolution, audio sample rate, audio channels and more.

5. Click ‘Convert’ button to start encoding Sony NX5U AVCHD data to Apple ProRes 422 format for using smoothly within Final Cut Pro 6, Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pr X.

6. Soon after the conversion is complete, you can hit ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated Apple ProRes 422 QuickTime file for editing with Apple Final Cut Pro.

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