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In this article, you will learn the best way to import and edit MTS in Final Cut Pro 7 and FCP X without any plugins. 

When you connect your MTS camcorder to the Mac computer, you found the computer recognises your camcorder but FCP cannot. It means FCP will not capture the MTS files directly from your camcorder in this situation. Maybe you want to look for a plugin for FCP, but it is not easy to find a good plugin that works for latest MTS cameras and FCP, since there are many kinds of video codes used by these recording devices. 

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Even if you backup your footages by only copying MTS files to your Mac local drive folder, no other necessary files such as CPI, Final Cut Pro will still not recognize them, either. Even though you drag those MTS files to load into FCP, FCP will take quite a long time to render those MTS files before those MTS files are loaded into FCP. It is a process called “wrap to MOV” which will be very long in waiting. And you know, AVCHD MTS files in 50P or 60P would be in HD quality and quite large in file size, so the rendering process would slow down, hung or crash your Mac OS if your iMac is not powerful enough in configurations. 

All these issues are about MTS in FCP, how to edit MTS files in Final Cut Pro. Here we will just show you the directions to transfer MTS files to Final Cut Pro and to edit AVCHD files in FCP. 

Fortunately, Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac can help you to convert MTS to Apple ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro 7/X on Mac. It can convert MTS to Apple ProRes 422 with best video and audio quality, besides, it runs faster than other’s products, this MTS to Apple ProRes 422 converter is the only software that supports high quality Apple ProRes codec output. 


Here is the guide on how to Import MTS to FCP 7/X for editing 

Step 1: Add MTS videos 
Click the “Add File” button to select the MTS videos from your hard drive to Mac video converter. To save your time, this Mac video converter well supports batch conversion so you can add multiple files at a time.  

Step 2: Choose output format 
Choose output format, to edit videos on Final Cut Pro 7/X native codec, you are recommended to choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), it’s best for Final Cut Pro 7/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". 


Step 3: Set parameters 
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: Convert MTS to FCP 7/X 
Click the “Convert” button to start converting MTS to Apple ProRes 422. After that, click the “Open” button to locate the output files and transfer the files to FCP X or FCP 7 as usual. 

Step 5: Launch Final Cut Pro 7/FCP 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. 


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