How to convert Sony CX 550 (PAL) AVCHD footage to ProRes?

Summary: To make Sony CX 550 (PAL) AVCHD footage more compatible with FCP (X), people sometimes need to convert them to Apple ProRes before editing. This post displays how to transcode Sony CX 550 AVCHD MTS clips to ProRes in an easy and reliable way.

Needed to convert Sony CX 550 (PAL) AVCHD footage to ProRes for use in FCP
“Hi, all, I have just returned from Sudbury Ontario Canada where I interviewed 2 native “Elders” using two Sony CX 550 (PAL) cameras. On my return I have tried to transcribe the Sony CX 550 video files into “.MOV” files to use with “Final Cut Pro”. But for some reason, my video converter doesn’t work well as always. Audio and video always slip out of sync which is very frustrating. I’m wondering if there is another third party converter could convert Sony CX 550 MTS clips to ProRes so that I could use them in FCP 7 directly and flawlessly. Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks”
Sony CX 550

By using Video Converter for Mac, you are able to convert Sony CX 550 AVCHD files to Apple ProRes format maintaining original quality without frustrated audio and video out of sync issues. This program features great ability to recognize AVCHD footage as well as MOV, MXF, AVI, H.264, MKV, MP4, MPG, VOB video files and convert them to whatever format you need for editing and playing with very good quality. You can download a demo to see if it is able to do what you want.

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Sony CX 550 and FCP workflow – how to convert Sony CX 550 AVCHD to ProRes for editing in FCP (X)?

To do this:
Step 1: Run Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony CX550 MTS to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Sony CX 550 mts to prores converter

Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is full compatible with FCP X and its former version FCP 6, FCP 7 as well as Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve.
Sony CX 550 and FCP workflow
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 Sony CX 550 AVCHD to FCP 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 Sony CX 550 AVCHD footage to ProRes MOV conversion.

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

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