Summary: In this tutorial, I intend to outline how to get Final Cut Pro to work with the 1080 60p AVCHD MTS clips from Sony NEX-6.
Sony's NEX 6 is a bold move for the NEX lineup of cameras. Sporting the wildly popular 16mp sensor (found in many other makers cameras including Sony's in the Alpha and NEX line), a new hotshoe, improved handling, built in EVF, and revamped menu system- this camera could really end up being the biggest seller of the new announcements easily. If you ask me, it looks like the Sony V3 replacement with lines and heritage back to those Cybershot glory days.
Videos taken by Sony NEX 6 can be recorded in full 1080p HD, video quality is good with excellent stabilisation. AVCHD format is ideal to record high-definition videos, but not fit for
editing. You will find that you can't directly import the Sony NEX-6 1080/60P AVCHD files to FCP, from FCP official website we know that FCP can't support 50P/60P videos.
To smoothly edit Sony Alpha NEX-6 1080/60p AVCHD footages in FCP on Mac, you'd better transcode Sony NEX-6 1080/60p AVCHD footages to FCP compatible Apple ProPres codec for further editing.
How to convert Sony Alpha NEX-6 1080/60p AVCHD MTS to ProRes for FCP on Mac?
Step 1. Load Sony NEX-6 AVCHD MTS files.
Get this Sony AVCHD to FCP Converter installed; Connect your Sony Alpha NEX-6 to your Mac via USB, or insert your SD card to Mac, browser the 1080/60p .mts files from AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM.
Launch Pavtube AVCHD MTS/M2TS 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 Alpha NEX-6 1080/60p AVCHD footages to FCP.
Click the “Convert” button to start the fast transcoding Sony Alpha NEX-6 1080/60p AVCHD mts 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 can freely use the NEX-6 Full HD 60p videos in FCP on Mac.
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