How can I edit Sony RX100 60P MTS on Mac iMovie, FCE, FCP?

Summary: Got a Sony RX100 camera and can’t edit your 60p MTS files on Mac iMovie, FCE or FCP (X)? Convert them first! This post elaborates a simple conversion guide for Sony RX100 MTS files to usable formats such as AIC .mov, and ProRes .mov.

“Hi, all, can you help please? I use a Sony RX100 which records in MTS format. For editing, Final Cut Pro/Express and iMovie do not recognize 60p MTS files, or have problem with it. I have tried out a number of different software solutions to convert Sony RX100 MTS into a QuickTime format, but none of them could do what I wanted. I’d like to convert while maintaining the original quality of the .MTS files. What’s the best way to accomplish that? Anyone got any suggestions?”

If you have a Sony RX100 camera or a more professional AVCHD camcorder, you may probably run into the same situation. In that case, we would recommend you use Video Converter for Mac to transcode RX100 60P MTS files to AIC for use in iMovie/FCE, and rewrap RX100 MTS to ProRes 422 for editing in FCP (X). It offers a simple conversion process for AVCHD MTS files to usable formats, such as .mov (encoded with aic, prores, dnxhd, h.264, etc.), .avi, .mpg and .wmv.

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How to convert Sony RX100 AVCHD files on Mac for iMovie, FCE and FCP (X)?

The steps:
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Sony RX100 MTS Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
Sony RX100 60P MTS to MOV Conversion on Mac

Step 2: Select output format for your editing program
To convert Sony RX100 60p AVCHD to AIC for iMovie/FCE, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
transcode RX100 60P MTS files to AIC for use in iMovie/FCE
Note that the AIC codec is also accepted by Final Cut Pro (HD 4.5 through 5), but rarely used in Final Cut Pro as of Version 6 since it now uses the ProRes codecs instead of the Apple Intermediate Codec.

To transcode Sony RX100 60p AVCHD to ProRes for FCP (X), select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is workable in FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7.
rewrap RX100 MTS to ProRes 422 for editing in FCP (X)
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: Custom video and audio settings (optional)
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: Begin Sony RX100 60P MTS to MOV Conversion on Mac
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files or ProRes MOV files for editing in iMovie, Final Cut Express or FCP 7/6/X with optimum performance.

If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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