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Make Sony A77 1080p@60fps clips in FCP X without rendering time

March 27 2013

Summary: How to Import and edit Sony SLT Alpha 77 1080 60p AVCHD MTS/M2TS videos in Final Cut Pro X without rendering time

Sony A77 is an excellent Full HD AVCHD camera, but the recorded 60p AVCHD is not a good editing format. As we all know 1080 60p is a nonstandard format and AVCHD uses an external HD. Some users may say that Final Cut Pro X has been updated to support 1080 60p(50p for PAL) format and we don't need to reencode the format to ProRes with playable frame rates. It looks nice, though the files are huge, with its transfer rate of 28 Mbps, 1080p recording conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording, it is difficult for the editors to support. If you are using iMac or your Mac OS X system version is old, you will spend lot of time to make the clip in FCPX, eventually you won't see anything in FCP X.

To make the 60p clips from Sony A77 are editable for FCP X without any problem, we advice you to transcode the videos to a suitable format before improting. Thus you need a professional program to do the conversion with best quality. Here I suggest you to use Brorsoft MTS Converter for Mac to convert 1080p AVCHD to ProRes at 29.97/30fps( For clips converted from 60FPS to 30FPS, 200% rate change will get it back to original speed ). The tool has five types of Prorews codecs for choosing.

Step 1. Run the MTS Converter and click the “Add File” button to load AVCHD 1080 60p/50p videos from Sony A77 camera.

Step 2: Choose the best compatible output format--Apple ProRes for FCP X.

Step 3: Adjust audio and video parameters in Profile Settings. You can change the default codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.
Tip:Set video size as 1920*1080, video frame rate as 30fps. If the clips are recorded as 50p(PAL), then 25 frame rate is the best choice for you.

Step 4: Click the arrow button on the main interface to start converting 60p AVCHD to ProRes for editing in FCP X.

After converting and merging the MTS files, just directly drag adb drop the output files to Final Cut Pro X without rendering time.
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Best solution to importing Olympus E-P3 1080i MTS files to iMovie

March 19 2013

Summary: How to link Olympus E-P3 PEN Digital Camera to Mac for uploading AVCHD .mts/.m2ts footages to iMovie 8/9/11 further editing.

Olympus presents their E-P3 PEN Digital Camera with the highly popular Micro Four Thirds trend in photography. Allegedly featuring the world’s fastest auto-focus system, the Olympus E-P3 also offers a 12.3-megapixel High Speed Live MOS sensor, 610K dot OLED touch-screen, a pop-up flash and external flash hot-shoe, sensitivity settings of ISO 200-12800, 1080i/60fps high-definition video recording with stereo sound, built-in image stabilisation and 3fps continuous shooting.

However, if you are new to iMovie or Olympus E-P3, you are likely to meet incompatible errors when transfer mts clips from E-P3 to iMovie for editing. The camera records video using AVCHD codec, which is a not good playable format for many Mac NLE's, including iMovie. Besides, iMovie is designed to edit AIC format. To make your AVCHD work well with iMovie, you should note:

1) The version is iMovie 08' or later
2) You can't copy both HD and STD format movies from the camcorder at the same, or your HD MTS files are not recognized.
3) Please make sure your system is Mac OS X v10.6.7 or later.
4) You can't directly load MTS files that are not from camera to iMovie.

If you have met the four conditions, you will easily ingest E-P3 videos to iMovie. If it still doesn't work, you should look for what are you missing. But the process will spend you a lot of time, so I will share an easy solution to help you solve the trouble- Converting AVCHD to AIC before importing.

You can go to Google and find a professional MTS Converter for Mac to do the fast conversion, if you also want to batch transcode and deinterlace 1080i AVCHD files with best quality, you'd better choose to use Brorsoft MTS to iMovie Converter. It is easy to use, you can easily uopload MTS files to it and choose iMovie's native format Apple Intermediate Codec, and you also can click "Edit" to deinterlace 1080i MTS files for iMovie.

After the fast conversion, you can drag and drop the transcoded files to iMovie without any problem.

PS: The software also can help you reformat AVCHD recordings to ProRes for FCP, DNxHD for Avid MC, MPG for Adobe, ect format as you want on your Mac OS X.
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Tips for importing Panasonic HPX170/HPX171 MXF videos to FCP editing

March 15 2013

Summary: If you are Panasonic AG-HPX170/HPX171 P2 camcorder users and trying getting recordings to FCP 7(x) for further editing, the below post about how to transcode/encode MXF videos to ProRes will help you easily do that.

How do I import .mxf files into Final Cut Pro X? I would wait until we get an offical reply from Canon or they finally release a plugin for FCP X. Don’t like information from someones brothers housekeepers inlaw…lol.

Have you met the similar above problem? In fact, here many people are talking about the way how to import Panasonic P2 MXF files into Final Cut Pro for editing without problems. Well, don’t blame to the Final Cut, the “Import from Camera…” option works just like “Log and Transfer”. The thing is, even FCP X does not work with the Panasonic P2 MXF codec. As far as i know, to solve those problems, the most important piece of the equation is that transcoding Panasonic P2 Card MXF files to a FCP's supported video format, like Apple ProRes (422). To help those who wanna edit Panasonic HPX-170/171 P2 MXF files for FCP(x), below, I will throw a quick tutorial up on how to transcode P2 MXF to Apple ProRes MOV format for FCP editing smoothly

Downloading the app- Brorsoft MXF Converter, a professional P2 MXF Convereter for FCP.

The program can not only convert Panasonic P2 MXF files to ProRes so that you can directly import video to FCP without rendering, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. The mac MXF transcoder can also convert HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon) for editing in Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere etc. The most important is that it can keep the original movie quality. Below is how to use it.

How to reformat P2 MXF video to FCP's video format

Step 1. Launch the Mac MXF Converter, and click "File" to Add MXF Video Files from P2 cams or cards to it.

Step 2. Click on the "Format" bar, and find the "Final Cut Pro",in the menu, you can select the the ProRes as the best output format.

Step 3. If neccessary, you can click "Settings" to change the video/audio parameters as you like.

Step 4. When everything is ready, please tick the button in the lower right corner to start the fast MXF to ProRes conversion
Step 5. After converting P2 MXF video, clcik "Open", to get the converted HD file.

Now, you can freely take the Panasonic AG-HPX170/HPX171 clips into FCP for smoothly editing.
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Smoothly get Canon XF300 MXF footages to FCP (X) editing

March 12 2013

Canon XF300 is an old but still popular professional HD camcorder. It adopts the industry-standard MPEG-2 Long GOP 4:2:2 Codec (Canon XF Codec, MXF), unleashing the power of Super 35mm CMOS sensor and HD video lens. Supporting a maximum recording bit rate of 50Mbps, C300 delivers professional film-standard quality in a compact size. Also, 4:2:2 color sampling offers twice the volume of color data, doubling the level of color resolution., minimizing jagged edges to ensure ample quality for chroma key composition and color corrections.

I am editing a documentary with FCP version 7.0.3. I just received a hard drive containing a bunch of footage transferred over from a Canon XF300, I do not have any experience working with these file types. I downloaded the Canon plugin on their website, But it seems doesn't work and I can't see the clips in Log and Transfer window. I've tried looking through some forums, but most seem to suggest that I need a converter to do this. Does anyone have a simple, and hopefully free method for converting .MXF into a file type compatible with FCP?

Are you a Canon XF300 user? If so, have you many video editing softwares, including FCP 7. Lucklily, some plugins have been released to make the MXF videos from C300 playable(Ingest Canon MXF to FCP7), but some users still can't successfully get MXF to FCP 5, 6, 7, and FCP X for further editing. If you are the unfortunately users that can't import MXF to FCP, you can download and install a top Mac MXF Converter to reformat MXF to a FCP editing format, like Apple ProRes, thus you can easily take the exported file to FCP for freely editing.

I have been using Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac to deinterlace and encode 1080i MXF to the best Codec ProRes for FCP 7 on Mac. It works fast and the conversion keeps the best video quality with Canon highest setting. The most important is that it has ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 proxy, ProRes 444 for freely choosing to convert to as I need. Here I take it as an example and share my easy guide on making MXF footage editable for FCP 7.

Step 1. Run the tool I recommend, then click "File" button to add MXF files from Canon XF300 to it.

Tip: The program also support to batch encod several MXF clips via checking "Merge into one file" icon.

Step 2. Click the "Format" drop-down list, you can choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)(*.mov) as the output format from the list. Then click "Browse" button the set the output files destination.

Step 3. If you are shooting 1080/60i videos, 30fps is the right one you need as Frame Rate while 25fps is fit for 1080/50i(PAL) original footages.

Step 4. Click "Convert" button to strating convert MXF to ProRes at ease.

After the conversion, you can easily put the converted new .mov video to FCP via clicking "Open". The importing doesn't need to use Log and Transfer, it means you can save rendering time.

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Bridge Canon VIXIA HF M500 1080p MTS and iMovie 8/9/11

March 7 2013

If you have got some incompatible errors about Canon VIXIA HF M500 MTS videos with AVCHD codec to iMovie 8/9/11 importing, the post will give you a big help. It is a pity that, the AVCHD is not a good editable codec. If you want to transfer Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD files to iMovie for editing, you'd better choose an top AVCHD convet tool to bridge Canon VIXIA HF M500 and iMovie via Mac OS X, thus, you can edit MTS/M2TS recordings in iMovie smoothly.

From Googling, I found Brorsoft MTS to iMovie Converter can give you a hint. It can not only do the fast conversion from the Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS files to the best editable format AIC for iMovie, but also equipped with some simple editing features, such as merging several videos into one file, deinterlacing the original footages, cropping video size, trimming video clips, adding special effects and text/image/video watermarks to output videos, thus it will be on the top of your list. In a word, you can copy and edit Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD in iMovie with best video quality by using the best AVCHD Converter for iMovie.

Here I take the professional Mac AVCHD Converter as an example, you can free download the free trial and follow me. The AVCHD to AIC conversion will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time. Below is the easy guide on covnerting AVCHD to AIC for iMovie on Mac OS X.

Step1: Import Canon VIXIA HF M500 1080p MTS/M2TS files to the powerful AVCHD to imovie Converter on Mac.

Tip: If you have multiple 1080p MTS/M2TS files, you can select the “Merge into one” box to merge them into one single file for iMovie so that you can play these files without interruption.

Step2: Click on the “Format” and you will get a dropdown menu. Move you pointer to iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) for transcoding AVCHD to AIC on Mac. Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you need.

Step 3: Convert Canon VIXIA HF M500 MTS/M2TS to iMovie with best setting: Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”, set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality for editing AVCHD in iMovie 11.

Step4: Start to transcode Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS to iMovie with best quality via clicking the “Convert” button.

After the conversion, you will be able to get the output files compatible iMovie via clicking on “Open” button effortlessly. Now you can easily import the converted 1080p files with 30fps to iMovie for editing with high quality without any trouble.
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Copy Canon VIXIA HF M500 HD videos to Avid Media Composer for editing

March 5 2013

VIXIA HF M500 is an excellent Full HD camcorder from Canon VIXIA HF series. It supports up to 64GB memory cards with SD/SDHC/SDXC cards. And it can record files up to several hours. Its 1/3" HD CMOS Pro Sensor and image processor work together to provide stunningly detailed, life-like images that look great on your HDTV. The HF M500 camcorder gives you the flexibility of dual codec recording, allowing you to record in AVCHD or MP4 format, so you can pick the format that best suits your needs.

Video Format:
High Definition
1920 x 1080p/24 fps
1920 x 1080p/30 fps
1920 x 1080i/60 fps

You can record videos with the suitable format according your needs. AVCHD's higher bit-rate and finer resolution will yield the highest quality video for viewing on an HDTV or archiving to Blu-ray. For use with today's most typical video applications, the camcorder lets you record in MP4 format, which produces files you can share right away with no need for conversion. Video is immediately available to upload to social networking sites like Facebook or YouTube.

To get better video effect, you are likely to import HF M500 video to Avid Media Composer for further editing. As far as I know Avid MC is designed to edit DNxHD format. If you try to import other formats to Avid MC, you have to use AMA plugin to recognise and bring file to it. But the AMA plugin doesn't work well with some Full HD cmacorders on Mac OS X, like HF M500, so many Mac users want to know is there an way to take the M500 video into Media Composer 5.0/5.5/6.0 without any trouble.

We can transcode AVCHD (MPEG4) files to DNxHD since Avid's native formt is DNxHD. Then we can copy the file to MC without any problem.

How to reformat Canon VIXIA HF M500 footage to Avid DNxHD on Mac?

Step 1. Download and install the professional Video to DNxHD Converter, and run it to add .mp4 or .mts files from HF M500 to the app.

Tip: If you have multiple files and want to join them into one single for enjoying without interruption, please select “merge into one”.

Step 2. Click on Format bar and choose “Avid DNxHD (*.mov)" from “Avid Media Composer” menu as the best output format.

Step 3. You can freely set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want via clicking “Settings”.

Note: You'd better set the video frame rate as 30fps, size as 1920*1080 to keep the original quality.

Step 4. Click “Convert” to start to transcode HD video to Avid MC format.

After the convesion, you can easily find the converted videos by clicking “Open” and drag and drop or copy the movies to Media Composer for smoothly editing on Mac OS X.

Related guide:

How to imput Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD clips to FCP 7 for editing
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