As the clear successor to the Sony NEX-FS100, the Sony NEX-FS700 truly ups the ante. The new model has a lot of things going for it. It initially offers 1080p video, switchable between 50Hz and 60Hz frame rates (including 60p, 50p, 60i and 24p). You can use the camcorder to record slow-motion Full HD video at 120 or 240fps, or record up to 960fps at lower resolutions. With every new camera, comes many new questions about workflow. The term “workflow” can be fairly broad, but today I am looking at importing Sony NEX-FS100 (50p/60p) footage into Final Cut Pro X (also including FCP 6/7) for smoothly editing on Mac.
For all of its faults, Final Cut Pro X offers much better native file compatibility than its predecessor. However, all files aren’t equal when working in Final Cut Pro X. Some files, like the 50p/60p .MTS files produced from AVCHD video capture (like the Sony NEX-FS700), require you to take a couple of extra steps to get them into FCP X.
Here is a piece of simple tip to make it editing Sony NEX-FS700 AVCHD footage in Final Cut Pro X smoother to get those 50/60p .MTS files off of a memory card or hard drive – and without the need to connect the camera to your Mac. As far as I know, to achieve the goal smoothly, the AVCHD compression format requires that files be transcoded into a format better suited to editing, effects, and color grading; this would usually be Apple ProRes.
By transcoding AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422 MOV codec along with some help from a third-party software like (e.g. Pavtube’s MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac), you can successfully transfer Sony NEX-FS700 50/60p foogtage to Final Cut Pro for smoothly editing.
I’ve convered how to import 60p AVCHD footage into Final Cut Pro X, and working the NEX-FS700 AVCHD at 50p/60p required the same process to get the footage into FCP X.
- Convert AVCHD 50p/60p to Apple ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro X
The quick workaround is to use the top MAC Sony AVCHD Converter(download a free trial here) mentioned above. After loading the NEX-FS700 recorded AVCHD footage into the program, click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as output format. Then click the “Convert” button to rewrapping the AVCHD MTS to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro X.
You can click “Setting” button to adjust video and audio parameters for your Canon T4i MOV source files, including video size (1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bit rate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate and more.
Once the process completes, you can log and transfer ProRes .MOV Files in FCP X. So there you have it. In this way, you can import Sony NEX-FS700 50p/60p AVCHD footage in Final Cut Pro X for smoothly editing on Mac as you want.
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