Sony NEX EA50UH and FCP workflow: convert Sony AVCHD to ProRes

Summary: If for some reason, you can not import Sony NEX EA50UH AVCHD footage to Final Cut (version 6, 7 or X) for further editing, this post may help you out with your problem. It presents how to convert Sony NEX EA50UH AVCHD to Apple ProRes for working in FCP 6/7/X with optimum performance.
The NEX EA50UH camcorder is an addition to the NXCAM line of Sony’s professional video products. As in other NXCAM camcorders, the internal recording format of NEX EA50UH is AVCHD 2.0. If you a NEX EA50UH camcorder to film AVCHD codec at 1080p60 (NTSC mode) or 1080p50 (PAL mode), it will give you some issues in Final Cut Pro. That’s because Log and Transfer will not recognize non-standard frame rates such as 50 fps or 60fps. For that you need to use external options, like Video Converter for Mac. Working well as a Sony NEX EA50UH AVCHD to ProRes Converter, the Video Converter for Mac app is capable of converting Sony AVCHD files into a compatible Apple ProRes codec, and then you can start editing within FCP version 6, 7, or FCP X without extra rendering.

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Sony NEX EA50UH AVCHD to ProRes Converter

Sony NEX EA50UH and FCP workflow: convert Sony NEX EA50UH 50p/60p AVCHD files to ProRes

Follow these steps:
To process Sony NEX EA50UH MTS to QuickTime Conversion on Mac, follow these steps:
transfer Sony NEX EA50UH 60p/50p AVCHD to FCP

Step 1: Run Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony NEX EA50UH 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 FCP X.
convert Sony NEX EA50UH 50p/60p AVCHD 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 NEX EA50UH 60p/50p AVCHD 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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