Q: I'm running on Mavericks 10.9.2 and the footage came from a JVC HD 100U. The actual recording unit mounted to the camera is a Vitec FS-H200 Pro. I need to edit M2TS into Final Cut Pro on Mavericks. I have Clipwrap and MPEG Streamclip at my disposal, though Streamclip has a lot of options I don't understand. So is there an easy-to-handle app?
A: From the screenshot, you can clearly know Aunsoft AVCHD Converter is an intuitive MTS to FCP conversion program. It works perfectly on OS X 10.9.2 Mavericks, as well as Mac OS X Leopard/Snow Leopard/Lion/Mountain Lion. If the MTS/M2TS files grey out when you try to import them to FCP, The Mac Mavericks AVCHD Converter can let you easily convert MTS/M2TS to ProRes 422, ProRes HQ, ProRes LT and ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro.
Tip: This Mac Mavericks AVCHD Converter supports MTS/M2TS files from various HD camcorders like: Panasonic HDC-HS300, Panasonic HDC-HS20, Sony HDR-CX100, Sony DCR-SR47, JVC GZ-HD40, JVC GZ-HD10, Canon VIXIA HF200, Canon FS200, Canon VIXIA HFS100, Canon VIXIA HG21 etc.
Below is step-by-step guide to convert MTS to FCP on Mavericks 10.9.2 using Apple ProRes Codec.
Step 1: Load MTS/M2TS footage
Import AVCHD files to this Mac Mavericks MTS Video converter or drag and drop AVCHD clips into file area directly. You can click “add a folder” to ingest AVCHD folder from your camcorder memory card directly.
Step2: Choose Apple ProRes 422(HQ) (*.mov) as output format
Click the “Format” option, and choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(HQ) (*.mov) as the output format of the AG-HMC40 AVCHD copies. Here recommended ProRes 422(HQ) which can provide better video quality for FCP.
Step3: Set audio and video profile
Before importing AG-HMC40PJ AVCHD files to Mac FCP X, you can customize audio and video profile, like selecting 1920*1080 as the output video resolution.
Video Bitrate is up to 60 frames per second. Here it’s recommended to tweak the 60p frame rate to 30p for easily recognized by FCP on your Mac OS X.
1. Increasing the bitrate will typically increase the file size and quality.
2. The video quality of output ProRes MOV mostly depends on raw AVCHD materials.
Step 4: Transcode MTS to Mac Final Cut friendly Pro Res MOV
The program will run MTS to MOV conversion processing at high speed on OS X10.9.1 Mavericks, you can check the progress bar easily.
Read more: Knowledge Apple ProRes Codecs-help you choose best codec for Mac FCP
The Apple ProRes format comes in five versions: Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT), and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy).
Apple ProRes 4444
The Apple ProRes 4444 codec offers the utmost possible quality for 4:4:4 sources(such as that originating from Sony HDCAM SR or digital cinema cameras ) and for workflows involving lossless alpha channels with real-time playback. For 4:4:4 sources, a data rate that is roughly 50 percent higher than the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)
Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)
The Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) codec offers the utmost possible quality for 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 sources (without an alpha channel), and provides target data rate of approximately 220 Mbps (1920 x 1080 at 60i) and high quality than Apple ProRes 422.
Apple ProRes 422
The Apple ProRes 422 codec provides target data rate of approximately 145 Mbps (1920 x 1080 at 60i) and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT).
Apple ProRes 422 (LT)
The Apple ProRes 422 (LT) codec provides roughly 70 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (thus, smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422) and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy).
Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)
The Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) codec is intended for use in offline workflows and provides roughly 30 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 and high-quality offline editing at the original frame size, frame rate, and aspect ratio.