Working with Canon C100 Mark II AVCHD footage in FCP (X)

Summary: If you are looking for a way to make the workflow between Canon EOS C100 Mark II and FCP (X) more smoothly, you may have interest in this article. It explains how to convert C100 Mark II AVCHD footage to ProRes 422 for editing in FCP 6/7/X with optimum performance.

canon c100 mark ii“As a Macintosh lover and user I appreciate FCP X and would use it to edit footage downloaded from a Canon EOS C100 Mark II digital video camera. My problem is that, my colleague shot video files in both MP4 mode and AVCHD mode. I have no problem with MP4 recordings, but have issues while using C100 Mark II AVCHD footage in FCP X, especially files at 60p (59.94 fps). They are very buggy. Do I need to convert these files to another format or how do I import them into FCP X so I can edit them flawlessly? Can anyone give me some suggestions if you are using a similar (or same) Canon video camera? Video specs are 1920 x1080, 28 Mbps at 59.94p and 1920 x1080, 24 Mbps at 23.98p. Many thanks in advance.”

Converting the C100 Mark II MTS files to ProRes 422 is the best option. Even though AVCHD files are listed as compatible with FCP X/7/6, they are very unreliable and unstable, so you need something else to process format conversion. If your concerns are ease of use and lossless quality, you can give Video Converter for Mac a shot. It is able to convert the C100 Mark 2 AVCHD files to FCP’s favorite ProRes format that you know works well with your editing program.

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EOS C100 Mark II AVCHD to ProRes converter

User reviews on Video Converter for Mac
“It’s working great so far. Doing exactly what it is supposed to. I use it to transcode C100 AVCHD footage to the ProRes format. I then edit the files on my iMac through FCP 7. It works great! Thanks for a great product.” – Scott

“Good, clear interface and easy to use. The key for me was speed. Your product was much faster than other software tried at converting AVCHD camera recordings.” – Sven

“I have used other conversion software but not one converts the raw .mts and .mxf file to a standard playback file. So far I am very impressed and glad I found this software. It’s very easy to use and makes my life much easier.” – Dirk

How to convert Canon C100 Mark II AVCHD MTS to MOV for FCP (X)?

The steps:
Canon C100 Mark II AVCHD Converter for Mac

Step 1: Run Video Converter for Mac as a professional Canon C100 Mark II AVCHD Converter for Mac. 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. The converted ProRes files can be imported to FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and 7 without rendering with great quality.
convert C100 Mark II AVCHD footage to ProRes 422
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 EOS C100 Mark II AVCHD to ProRes 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 C100 Mark 2 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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