Summary: If you want to improve the file transfer process from your Sony Z5U to Final Cut Pro (X), you may wish to read this post. It introduces how to convert Sony Z5U M2TS files to Apple ProRes so as to transfer them to FCP smoothly without issues.
”Hey, fellows, I’m wondering if you can help. I am a videographer and editor, filming with a recently purchased Sony HVR-Z5U Professional HDV Camcorder which captures digital video in M2TS format. I’m looking for an application to improve the file transfer process from my Sony Z5U to my Mac and Final Cut Pro. Does anyone know a nice program that works well by allowing me to transfer digital files from my Z5U to Final Cut Pro? I’m hoping someone that has this camcorder or a similar camcorder could help me with the issue. Thanks.”
Converting the files is the best option. Even though Sony Z5U files are listed as compatible with FCP, they are buggy, that’s why transcoding is recommended in some situations. If you want to make the transfer process more smoothly from your Sony Z5U to FCP (X), you’d better convert the Sony Z5U M2TS files to ProRes 422, FCP’s favorite format that works well with your editing app and provides a good compromise between image quality and file size. This requires third party software like Video Converter for Mac.
User reviews on Video Converter for Mac
“I liked being able to try the software before I bought it, as I was unsure which package would work best for what I want to do. Your video converter seems to offer many possibilities on top of my principle reason for buying it. With your program, I have the opportunity of converting AVCHD (MTS/M2TS) video files for editing in Apple iMovie and FCP X with lossless quality.” – Gill
“In summary, excellent product that does exactly what it’s meant to. Interface is very easy to use. Tried a couple of apps but couldn’t find a single app to do the full MTS to ProRes conversion in one go, but yours wins. Thanks for an excellent product.” – Andy
M2TS file transfer – how to transcode Sony Z5U M2ST files to ProRes 422 for transferring to FCP more flawlessly?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony Z5U M2TS 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 422 codec is full compatible with FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and 7.
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 Sony Z5U M2TS 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/7/6 with optimum performance.
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