This article offers a brief guide about how to import and edit Sony Handycam HDR-PJ780/PJ790V AVCHD in FCP X on Mac.
In case you missed it, Sony revealed its latest range of Handycam camcorders at this year's CES. The brand has pursued some of the features from the previous models, with built-in video
projectors and improved optical image stabilisers.
Sony HDR-PJ780/PJ790V is one of them, which is capable of recording 1920x1080 24p/60p Full HD digital video footages and high quality 24.1MP still images. The PJ790V/PJ780 camcorder will be the first flagship Handycam in years to arrive without the option to ditch the built-in projector. Meanwhile, technology like WiFi remains an optional add-on which make much easier to share recorded videos and images with family members and friends.
Some HDR-PJ780/PJ790V users would like to further edit Sony Handycam AVCHD video with editing software like Final Cut Pro X to make it much more perfect. But there is a pity that when some users importing the HDR-PJ780/PJ790V 1080/60p AVCHD to FCP X, they met some troubles as MTS is not an ideal editing format. So how to successfully import Sony HDR-PJ790V/PJ780 AVCHD footages to FCP X for further editing? Can they still keep the video clips in 1080p?
To get your work done perfectly, you'd better transcode Sony AVCHD MTS footages to Final Cut Pro compatible Apple Prores .MOV format first.
Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac is highly recommended. It is an easy-to-use yet professional app which can be used as a Sony AVCHD MTS Converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8). It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly deinterlace and convert Sony HDR-PJ780/PJ790V 1080 60p MTS files to Apple ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMovie/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer and more with least quality loss. Just get the Mac tool and tips below.
How to transcode Sony Handycam HDR-PJ790V/PJ780 AVCHD MTS footage to FCP X on Mac?
Step 1. Load Sony HDR-PJ790V/PJ780 AVCHD MTS files.
Connect your Sony Handycam camcorder to your Mac via USB, or insert your SD card to Mac, browser the .mts files from AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM. Load your source media from Sony Handycam camcorder or local computer which you have copied from camcorder before into Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.
Step 2. Select Output format.
Click on the "Format" bar and you would see all profile presets this Mac Sony AVCHD to MOV Converter provides. You are recommended to choose "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format for Final Cut Pro X.
Tip: You are allowed to adjust profile preset before conversion, including codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel according to your needs and optimize the output file quality. But it's better you use the default profile settings because they are the most optimized for each output devices.
Step 3. Convert Sony Handycam HDR-PJ790V/PJ780 AVCHD footages to Prores .MOV.
Click the "Convert" button to start fast transcoding Sony HDR- PJ790V/PJ780 MTS to Prores for FCP X on Mac.
Once finished, you could locate the generated .MOV files by clicking "Open" icon and transfer these MOV files to Final Cut Pro X for video editing on Mac.
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