Fail to import AVCHD to Final Cut Express

Summary: Tips and Tricks for AVCHD and FCE: In order to import and edit MTS into FCE smoothly, you need transcode AVCHD to Final Cut Express compatible format on Mac OS X. 


Q1: Hi I am on the Mac. OS 10.6 My customer sent me AVCHD files. I converted the streams to .mov files then I can use these to edit in Final Cut Express.

Q2: I'm using Final Cut Express 4. Wanting to import and edit AVCHD (mts) files. I press log and transfer, FCE finds my camcorder, I can watch the video files. Then I want to add to the queue, FCE reads transferring clips. But then turns idle and a the status reads "Error: No data" What can I do to make this work? Using FCE 4.0.1, the camcorder is a Canon Legria HF R17.


As above, some users have the need to import AVCHD to FCE for editing on Mac OS X, but they always meet the importing issues. As far as I know, AVCHD is not a good editing format for NLE system including iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro, etc.

Then how to import mts videos to FCE for editing without any issue? Well, if you make the recordings editable before taking to the program, the incompatible error won’t happen any more. The most favorite format for FCE is Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)”, so you can use Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac to achieve the goal in a fast way.

I was completely satisfied. I didn't really check out any other competitors. I liked that I was able to drag all the files to Pavtube and convert them all at once. I didn't have to stay there and do one at a time. 

This AVCHD Converter for Mac did exactly what I needed it to do to convert AVCHD MTS/M2TS to FCE fully supported video format AIC on Mac OS X keeping original video quality. My client wants to review the raw footage in a smaller file size and in a general Windows PC friendly format. I have successfully transcode mts footage to AVI and WMV for working on my Windows Plantform with the Windows version Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter. Download the Mac MTS to AIC converter and convert AVCHD files with the below easy steps:  

1) Install MTS to FCE Converter on your Apple computer and then launch the program to add MTS/M2TS videos to it.

Tip: If you wanna join MTS/M2TS files for easier editing in FCE, please check the "Merge into one" box.

2) Click on Format > iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov), which is the FCE most compatible video format/codec. Afterwards, set the output folder as you like or just keep the default one.

3) click the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for putting mts/m2ts into FCE for further editing with the best frame rate setting.

4) Click the “Convert” button; this professional AVCHD to FCE Converter will start the MTS to FCE conversion on Mac OS X immediately. You can find the process in the “Conversion” interface.

With Pavtube MTS/M2TS converter for Mac, you can easily convert AVCHD files to Final Cut Express for editing with AIC codec MOV format.

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