If you are having 1080-50p AVCHD importing problem in FCP X, you may wish to read this post. It guides you through the process of transcoding 1080-50p AVCHD (mts/m2ts) files to ProRes codec for use in FCP X smoothly.
How do I import 1080-50p AVCHD movies into FCP X?
“Hi, all, I have some 1080/50p material taken with Sony NEX 7 in October this year. I’m trying to load the AVCHD 1080/50p into FCP X, but FCP X can’t see that footage. I am connecting the camera and the iMac does recognize it. I can see the AVCHD material but none of the 1080/50p material. The FCPX version I have is 10.1.4, version iMovie is 10.0.6 and the OS is Yosemite version 10.10.1. How do I import 1080-50p AVCHD movies into FCP X? Any suggestions? Thanks for any help.”
Users often encounter importing issues loading 1080-50p AVCHD into Apple FCP X. For a faster and more fluid workflow, we would recommend transcoding 1080-50p AVCHD (mts/m2ts) files to ProRes 422 codec. ProRes is FCP X’s favorite editing codec, which FCP X will recognize and handle well. Here’s a quick guide on how to encode 1080-50p AVCHD (mts/m2ts) files to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing.
[Guide] How to encode 1080-50p AVCHD files to ProRes 422 for editing in FCP X?
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter for Mac
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional 1080-50p AVCHD to FCP X Converter. 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 for opening with FCP X
From the ‘Profile’ list, move 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 its former version FCP 6 and 7. When loading them into FCP (X), you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
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 1080-50p AVCHD footage to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro X with optimum performance.
To import the transcoded files into Final Cut Pro X. navigate to File > Import > Media. In the window that comes up select your transcoded ProRes clips. DO NOT check “Create Optimized Media” OR “Create Proxy Media”. Both of these check boxes are unnecessary because we already converted the media to ProRes which means Final Cut Pro X can use the footage without “optimizing” it. Checking this box would create a redundant and time consuming second transcode of your footage.
You’re now ready to edit!
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