Let's Import Sony NX30 AVCHD MTS Videos into FCP

Summary: To imput Sony NX30 AVCHD mts videos into FCP without any trouble, you'd better encode AVCHD 2.0 format to FCP best supported Apple Prores MOV format before importing.

Quick question: I have collected some AVCHD 2.0 format compatible (1080/60i) videos from the Sony NX30. Shot some holloween videos with it. Does your some softwar support the conversion of Sony AVCHD 2.0 footage to Apple Pro Res 422? I’m having problem importing AVCHD 2.0 video into Final Cut Pro X… Is there anyone here can help me out. Thanks!

AVCHD is a highly efficient long-GOP codec based on MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Long-GOP image compression, a member of the MPEG family of codecs. As it has been established by people on many popular forums, it is not possible for FCP to import this unsupported AVCHD 2.0 format.

According to my experience, the simplest way to get Sony NX30 MTS file into FCP for editing is to rewrap Sony mts files to a format that FCP can import, typically to ProRes 422. In the following article, we will give a brief guide to transcode Sony NX30 AVCHD 2.0 to FCP compatible Apple Prores codec for native importing into Final Cut Pro.

Step 1. Load Sony HXR-NX30 AVCHD MTS files.
Get this Sony AVCHD to FCP Converter installed; Connect your Sony Alpha HXR-NX30 to your Mac via USB, or insert your SD card to Mac, browser the .mts files from AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM.

Launch Pavtube AVCHD Converter for Mac, click to top left two icons to load individual videos or the entire folder.

Step 2. Select best video format for FCP.
Click on the Format, you would see all profiles for different programs and devices. It's recommended to choose Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the most compatible video codec for FCP.

Tip: You are able to adjust profile preset before conversion by clicking Settings which is marked as 3 above. But it's better to use the default profile settings because they are the most optimized for each output devices.

Step 3. Convert Sony HXR-NX30 AVCHD footages to FCP.
Click the "Convert" button to start the fast transcoding Sony HXR-NX30 AVCHD to ProRes on Mac. Once finished, you could locate the generated .MOV files by clicking "Open" icon and load these converted files to FCP for video editing on Mac. Now you are able to take a .mts file from your Sony NX30 into FCP and start editing natively.

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