Summary: If you have problems when using 60p MTS files from Sony DSC-RX10 in Final Cut Pro. Here I will outline how to transcode Sony MTS files to ProRes MOV for FCP.
The Sony DSC-RX10 digital camera has a host of advanced HD video shooting capabilities, including the ability to capture full HD video either 60p (AVCHD progressive) or a cinematic 24p frame
rate. Well, for Sony RX10 users, here comes the Sony NEX-RX10 60p AVCHD compatability issues with Final Cut Pro.
My Sony RX10 camera gave me videos as AVCHD file which I have not acknowledged with. I tried with both quicktime and FCP but none of them could recognize it. Is there any step-by-step work flow for this? PS: the footages are on 1080 60p.
In fact, the non-linear video editing software Final Cut Pro cannot support AVCHD 1080p files perfectly, especially the ones which have been stored in your hard disk drive in MTS/M2TS format, it needs rendering with a long time. Sony has developed plug-ins to help users with some cams. AVCHD Plug-ins: Sony AVCHD Plug-in for FCP7/FCP6 Download
To find an easier way to sove this issue, you need to transcode Sony RX10 mts to ProRes with a third party software. In that case, you will need a powerful MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac tool to help you to do the conversion. The Mac AVCHD Converter not only can transcode Sony RX10 AVCHD to Final Cut Pro, iMovie and Final Cut Express NLE's video formats, but also can reformat MTS/M2TS with original video quality. Below are the easy conversion steps for you.
Step 1. Install the Sony AVCHD to Prores Converter program I recommend on your Mac OS X computer. Run it and add .mts/.m2ts files from RX10 to it.
Step 2. Click on "Format" bar and set a FCP friendly format in dropdown-list. You are advised to "Follow Final Cut Pro" template and "Apple ProRes 422(HQ) (*.mov)" format.
Step 3. Click the "Settings" button and customize proper video/ audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like.
Step 4. Click "Convert" to start converting Sony DSC-RX10 AVCHD to Mac with FCP editable format for importing and editing.
After the workflow, just import the ouput video files to Final Cut Pro X or Final Cut Pro 7. Now you can natively, smoothly import and edit Sony DSC-RX10 MTS files in FCP with high quality. Hope this article helps!