Transcode Sony AVCHD Handycam M2TS to ProRes for FCP

If you experience any issues while editingSony AVCHD M2TS files in FCP, you will need to convert them. This post introduces an easy-to-use and reliableSony AVCHD Handycam Converter for Mac to solve your problem.

Sony HDR-XR500I need to convert Sony HDR-XR500 m2ts to ProRes for FCP 6
“I am a retired physicist who produces video for pleasure. Recently I shot with my younger brother’s Sony HDR-XR500 Handycam; pictures size and format: m2ts 1920×1080. I use Final Studio Pro 6.0.6 for editing. FCP doesn’t recognize Sony HDR-XR500 m2ts files, so I need to convert them. Even if I move up to FCP X, I have projects underway that I want to complete first. I produce videos for pleasure but I like quality. So I’m wondering if there is a Sony AVCHD Handycam Converter for FCP that is capable of transcoding Sony .m2ts video files to ProRes without losing quality. Has anyone ever worked with such a converter program? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks a lot for your help!”

If your most concern in the conversion is lossless quality, then Video Converter for Mac is what you need. Working well as an easy-to-use and reliable Mac Sony AVCHD Converter utility, it features optimal format presets for different NLE apps, like FCP, iMovie, FCE, Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, Avid Media Composer and more. It enables you to convert Sony AVCHD Handycam footage to MOV or other formats retaining original quality without any audio and video out of sync issues.

Download a demo of Video Converter for Mac
Sony AVCHD Handycam Converter for Mac

This converter program is able to work with a lot of Sony AVCHD Handycam cameras, including Sony HDR-XR500, HDR-XR520, HDR-CX7, HDR-SR7, HDR-CX550V, HDR-CX220, HDR-PJ240E, HDR-PJ530EB, HDR-CX12, HDR-UX5, etc.

How to transcode Sony AVCHD Handycam M2TS files to ProRes for FCP using Sony AVCHD Handycam Converter for Mac?

Follow these steps:
editing Sony AVCHD M2TS files in FCP

Step 1: Run Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony AVCHD to ProRes 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 under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is workable in FCP 6, FCP 7 and the latest version FCP X.
transcoding Sony .m2ts video files to ProRes
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 Mac Sony AVCHD to FCP Video converter program 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 Handycam M2TS 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.

Related posts
How to transfer Sony NEX EA50UH 60p/50p AVCHD to FCP?
Working with Sony HDR-PJ780VE 50p AVCHD MTS in iMovie
Transfer Sony XDCAM HD IMX files to Mac editing programs
Importing AVCHD video files from a Canon VIXIA R500 to Avid