Canon MTS to FCP: Easily Convert Canon MTS to ProRes for Final Cut Pro

Summary: This article will show the best way to convert Canon MTS to ProRes 422, so that you can import Canon .MTS files into Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X for smooth editing work.

Canon High Definition Camcorders- XA10, XA20, XA25 and Vixia camcorders- HF R400, HF G30, HF G20, etc are all the best choices for videographers to capture. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to import and edit Canon AVCHD .MTS with Final Cut Pro software. There’re some frequently asked questions quoted as below.

Q1: Converting Canon XA10 mts Files to FCP Issues

I have a ton of footage a client brought in that was shot on a Canon XA10 HD camcorder. They are .MTS files. I don't see any timecode on them. I need to get them into FCP to edit with. I found a video convert app and downloaded it, but it only gets them to H.264 and FCP didn’t support the output video still.

Q2: Importing Canon MTS files to Final Cut Pro

I have picked up a job editing together a couple of short interviews. The files were shot on a Canon Vixia HF R40 and are AVCHD. I have previously been unable to Import the files into FCP 7 so have ended up using Sony Vegas. Is there an easy way of doing this in FCP 7, I really want to do this project in FCP rather than Vegas.

As you know Canon Vixia, Legria, High Definition series camcorders record AVCHD MTS videos, but it seems Final Cut Pro (including the recent FCP X) does not like the way. The file type is a compressed output format, but not ideal for editing in NLE system. To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode MTS files to Final Cut Pro natively supported formats (Apple ProRes is highly recommended). Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly. Here I share a simple guide on how to convert Canon .mts files for FCP editing smoothly. If you’re facing the issues, read on to find the answer.

Downloading the App- Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac

Overall, the program is the best AVCHD MTS Converter for Canon MTS footage. With this Canon MTS converter, you can effortlessly transcode Canon MTS files to ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 444, which will create a Final Cut Pro friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides FCP, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, Premiere Element, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, FCE and more NLE systems for native editing. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Convert/Import Canon MTS clips to Final Cut Pro

Step 1: Add Canon MTS video files

Install and launch the Canon MTS converter for Mac and load source MTS clips to it. You can batch convert multiple .mts clips as you want.

Step 2: Choose output format

Press the Format box and select one of the Apple ProRes codecs on the dropdown list. You are advised to choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”or “Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)” as the export.

Tip - Profile Settings:
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. 1920*1080 video size and 30fps frame rate are recommended.

Step 3: Start Canon MTS video conversion

Click “Convert” button to start transcoding Canon AVCHD MTS to ProRes for importing to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X. When the conversion task is finished, click “Open” button to get the exported files and then import the converted Canon MTS files into FCP to do further editing without any issue.

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