As the Final Cut Pro users, we may know that FCP X cannot natively edit AVCHD (.m2ts) footages. We have to use the Log and Transfer window to convert AVCHD (.m2ts) to Final Cut Pro X supported Apple ProRes in order to successfully edit AVCHD files in FCP X.
But even so, sometimes we still encounter can't import AVCHD (.m2ts) to Final Cut Pro X issues due to the following reasons:
- If the AVCHD files whatever with the extension .mts, .m2t, .m2ts are encoded FCP X Log and Transfer unsupported video or audio codec, Final Cut Pro X won't import AVCHD movies.
- AVCHD (.m2ts) FCP X support is available only on Intel-based Mac computers, if we try to import and edit AVCHD (.m2ts) in Final Cut Pro X on non Intel-based Mac, we will fail to import AVCHD (.m2ts) files into Final Cut Pro X even via Log and Transfer.
- DVD-based AVCHD (.m2ts) camcorders are not supported in Mac OS X Server v10.4 or earlier. That is, we cannot import AVCHD (.m2ts) footages recorded by DVD based camcorders to FCP X if the Mac OS is in lower version.
- SD video recorded with AVCHD (.m2ts) camcorders can't be accessed in the Final Cut Pro X Log and Transfer window. That is, if the AVCHD (.m2ts) video is in SD video quality, we will fail to import AVCHD to Final Cut Pro X.
In order to solve Final Cut Pro X won't import AVCHD (.m2ts) footages troubleshooting; one feasible solution is to directly convert AVCHD (.m2ts) to FCP X more supported video format >> Final Cut Pro Supported Video Formats for Editing
Of course, to do the video conversion, you need a professional app. Here the professional AVCHD (.m2ts) to FCP X Video Converter for Mac is strongly recommended. Named Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (Best MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac Review), with it, just in a few clicks you could successfully upload AVCHD (.m2ts) videos to FCP X.
- Three simple clicks to convert M2TS videos to Final Cut Pro X compatible formats.
- Aside from FCP X, you can directly convert MTS to iMovie, QuickTime, Windows Movie Maker and more video editors supported formats without additional settings.
- Edit your M2TS videos before converting them. With the built-in editor, you can trim or crop your videos. And you are able to add subtitles and watermarks to the videos as well.
- Perfectly compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion and 10.6 Snow Leopard.
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How to Convert AVCHD (.m2ts) to Final Cut Pro X Supported Apple ProRes.
If your AVCHD (.m2ts) files are in camcorder or camera, first transfer the AVCHD (.m2ts) files to your Mac hard drive.
Step 1. Click the “Add File” button to select the M2TS videos from your hard drive to this program. To save your time, this program supports batch conversion so you can add multiple files at a time.
Tips: When the M2TS files are loaded to the Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter, you can view the videos from the Preview window. Simply select an item and click the “Play” button. When the video is playing, you are allowed to take snapshoot.
Step 2. Choose output format, to edit videos on Final Cut Pro X native codec, you are recommended to choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), it’s best for Final Cut Pro X editing.
Read the difference of ProRes.
• Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
• Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;
• Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;
• Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows.
• Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 material.
Actually, different Apple ProRes codec corresponds to different needs. Here you can refer to this article "Differences among Apple ProRes codec".
1.When converting video to Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro X installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2.If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.
Step 3. You can click “settings” to adjust the output parameters, like resolution, bitrate, etc. Don't forget the balance between video quality and size.
Step 4. Click the “Convert” button to start converting M2TS to Apple ProRes 422. After that, click the “Open” button to locate the output files and transfer the files to FCP X as usual.
Launch Final Cut Pro X, choose File >> Import >> Files..., and browse to where you save the converted AVCHD clips to. Choose the videos that you'd like to add.
More exciting: we will no longer need to import AVCHD (.m2ts) to FCP X only by the Log and Transfer method, other import method like drag-and-drop also available and recommended.