Edit Canon XA20 AVCHD MTS/MP4 video in FCP X

How can I load Canon XA20 AVCHD MTS/MP4 footage into FCP X for editing perfectly? If you experience any issues working with Canon XA20 recordings in FCP X, you may wish to read this thread. It demonstrates a way of converting Canon XA20 AVCHD MTS/MP4 media to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X smoothly.
load Canon XA20 AVCHD MTS/MP4 footage into FCP X
The Canon XA20 has that perfect combination of portability, functionality and a small price tag among pro-level cameras. With an impressive optical performance from a powerful new Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens with a new 8-Blade Circular Aperture, the XA20 is capable of focusing down to just 23.6 inches (60cm). Other features include a 3.5-inch OLED Touch Panel Display with the equivalent of 1.23 million dots of resolution, tiltable electronic viewfinder, multiple HD/SD recording rates – including 24p for a “cinematic” look – together with a choice of industry-standard MP4 (up to 35 Mbps) and AVCHD (up to 28 Mbps) codecs. The high image quality and recording versatility make the XA20 ideal for independent and documentary filmmaking, as well as event videography and educational institutions.

If for whatever reason you need to transcode Canon XA20 MTS/MP4 video files for use in FCP X, HD Video Converter for Mac will do the trick. Read on to discover a guide demonstrating how to transcode Canon XA20 MTS/MP4 recordings to ProRes 422 for loading into FCP X smoothly with lossless quality.

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter for Mac
issues working with Canon XA20 recordings in FCP X

How to encode Canon XA20 AVCHD MTS/MP4 to ProRes for FCP X?

Download, install and run HD Video Converter for Mac, then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Canon XA20 to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
converting Canon XA20 AVCHD MTS/MP4 media to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X

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 FCP 7. When loading them into FCP X/6/7, you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
Canon XA20 to ProRes Converter
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 XA20 MTS/MP4 video 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.

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