How can I import and edit Canon G30 AVCHD MTS in FCP (X)?

Summary: Assuming you are having troubles while using Canon VIXIA MTS files in FCP 6, 7 or FCP X, this post may help you out. It displays an alternative way to convert G30 AVCHD footage to Apple ProRes 422 for editing in FCP (X) with lossless quality.
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Stuck with Canon G30 60p MTS files when used them in FCP X
“Hi, all, I stuck with some 60p MTS files downloaded from my Canon G30 in FCP X – either the FCP X crashes or the colors are not what are supposed to be. I’ve tried several free video converters but they were not able to encode to a format/codec that FCP X handles quite well and doesn’t loose quality. So I’m wondering if there is a way to make G30 60p AVCHD footage full compatible with FCP X. I’m still trying to find the appropriate video converter. Any suggestions? Thanks for all the suggestions!”

Converting the files is the best option. Even though AVCHD files are listed as compatible with Final Cut Pro (X), they are buggy. If you run into the same problem as mentioned above, we would suggest that you convert the Canon G30 AVCHD MTS files to your favorite format that you know works with Final Cut Pro, such as Apple ProRes 422. In the content below, we will introduce an easy guide explaining how to transcode Canon G30 MTS clips to ProRes 422 for use in FCP 6//X maintaining the original quality of the .MTS files.

Software requirement
Video Converter for Mac
Canon G30 MTS to ProRes Converter
User review on Video Converter for Mac
“I would like to give you feedback on your product. It has great potential. What made me pick your software over many many others? The review in PC World. It received a very nice review. So I figured, why not go with a proven product. I am able to convert AVCHD footage from my Canon HD camera and process its contents for editing in Apple iMovie and FCP X which is why I bought the program. I have found it pretty easy to use. The quality of the video is excellent. I am very pleased with that. The output format is also quite intuitive and easy to use. It is great that you have so many output options built in to the software.” – William

“I’m pretty happy with the conversion qualities. I believe it took me a couple of tries before your video converter came up, but with a lot of good reviews. I specifically wanted something to convert my camera footage in format of .mts into various file formats and compressions for different electronics.  Really, your software was the only one that I found suitable for my needs. I have no complaints about it. It’s pretty easy for me to select different settings.” – Rabbi

Canon G30 and FCP (X) workflow – how to convert Canon G30 AVCHD MTS files to ProRes 422 for use in FCP?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run Video Converter for Mac as a professional Canon G30 MTS to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
using Canon VIXIA MTS files in FCP 6, 7 or FCP X,

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes 422 codec is workable in FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and 7.
convert G30 AVCHD footage to Apple 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.

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 G30 60p AVCHD to ProRes MOV conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for using in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 with optimum performance.

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