Summary: This article offers a brief guide about how to transcode and transfer Sony HDR-PJ380 AVCHD MTS footages to Final Cut Pro X for further editing.
Sony HDR-PJ380 is a very popular sellers in the Sony Handycam series, and also in the photography market. You may have bought one and need to edit Sony Handycam MTS files from PJ380 on Mac. So, come with a question- how to transfer Sony Handycam videos to Mac and edit with Final Cut Pro or other programs? Perhaps you can get the answer from the following paragraphs.
To edit MTS/M2TS footage from Sony Handycam HDR-PJ380 camcorder, you might have thought of Final Cut Pro X. Yes, it is an ideal app to edit videos. While, it’s a bit frustrating, the MTS/M2TS files from Sony HDR-PJ380 always grey out when importing them to FCP X. In fact, due to its high rate compression and special codec of the Sony HDR-PJ380 output AVCHD video, it seems to be a bit difficult to play and edit Sony Handycam MTS files.
In this case, you need to convert MTS format to FCP friendly formats. Of course, to do the MTS video conversion, you need a professional app. Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (a yet professional Mac MTS to FCP Converter tool) is a quick fix for you. It can generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6, Avid Media Composer, Adobe After Effects, iMovie, Final Cut Express and more.
How to Transcode Sony HDR-PJ380 MTS to ProRes for FCP X
Step 1. Launch the MTS Converter for Mac and click add button to import MTS, M2TS files to the program.
Step 2. Click the format bar or the pull down menu of “Format” to select output format. To get Sony PJ380 AVCHD into Final Cut Pro X, the best format is “Final Cut Pro> Apple PreRes 422”.
Step 3. Set Parameters (Optional) Tap the “Settings” icon to customize the video/audio settings for Final Cut Pro: 1920*1080 vide size; 30fps frame rate(for original 60p videos) to keep the best output quality.
Step 4. Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the Mac MTS to ProRes Converter will start transcode Sony HDR-PJ380 MTS to Prores MOV for FCP(X) on Mac.
After the conversion process bar at 100%, you can click the “Open” icon to locate the converted ProRes MOV files. Now you can click File –> Import –> Files to import Sony MTS recordings to Final Cut Pro X without problems.
If you are also a FCP X user, before you try to do the conversion, don’t forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.
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