Summary: If you got problems when importing Sony Alpha 7R AVCHD MTS to FCP 6/7 on Mac, just read this article, you will find the best solutions.
Sony's also targeting video shooters with the Alpha 7 and 7R. Both can snap 1080/60p video (along with 24p and 60i) with full manual exposure control, and offer uncompressed HDMI output, for exporting realtime footage to an external recorder. Additionally, you can use the built-in HDMI port, which supports TRILUMINOUS color, to export 4K still images for playback on Sony's 4K TVs.
I got Sony 7R now, I transferred the footage from the camera to my computer via the HD Writer software which came with the camcorder. But I can’t view the MTS file on my Mac. I am using the new Mavericks 10.9 system. Could you explain the method of transferring 60i footage from Sony 7R camera. I need to edit the footage in FCP 7. Look forward to your reply.
From googling, I find the problem is caused by the video codec of AVCHD format. Since Apple ProRes is the codec natively supported by FCP, you'd better transcode Sony Alpha 7R AVCHD footage to ProRes 422 encoded MOV for FCP 6/7 with some help from a third-party software.
Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac is the recommended for high quality video editing on Mac with less compressed Apple ProRes format. It can help you to convert AVCHD video from my Sony Alpha 7R to ProRes 422 for FCP 6/7 successfully.
Plus, this Mac AVCHD Converter can also help you to convert AVCHD to iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Express, with various preset video formats for editing software on Mac (Mavericks 10.9 included). Very intuitive and easy to use. Also, you can use it as a Mac editor to deinterlace the original 1080i footages, crop video size, trim video clips, and add special effects and text/image/video watermarks to output videos.
Just follow the guide below to import and edit your Sony Alpha 7R AVCHD videos in FCP 6/7 smoothly.
1. Download Pavtube AVCHD Converter for FCP. This software can convert Canon AVCHD video to FCP or other common formats.
2. Install and run this AVCHD to FCP Converter. Import the mts files from Sony Alpha 7R you want to convert.
3. Click "Format" column to choose the output format for FCP. Click and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)", it's the best format for editing in FCP 6/7.
4. You can click "Settings" button to adjust output parameters, such as resolution and bitrate.
5. Click "Convert" button to start.
The Sony AVCHD Converter for FCP will convert Sony Alpha 7R AVCHD to Prores MOV to for FCP 6/7 quickly.
Once the conversion completes, you can click "Open" button to get the generated MOV files for importing to FCP 6/7 for editing on the go.