To get Final Cut Pro X working perfectly with AVCHD .m2ts files, a best way is to convert M2TS to ProRes, something ensuring best results when using in FCP X. Read on to learn details.
Final Cut Pro X is a great software to edit video clips from camcorder or camera on your Mac(Yosemite & Mavericks included) and it comes with the ability to stabilize shaky clips exported from your camera or camcorder. For many Mac users, they sometimes may come across difficulty when importing .m2ts to Final Cut Pro X, especially when importing some raw M2TS video files though they have followed the step-by-step instructions from FCP.
In fact, the incompatibility of AVCHD .m2ts files exists among different camcorder manufacturers. The highly-compressed content is not so friendly for editing software. Then, how to make m2ts files compatible with FCP X without any problems? A best way is to convert .m2ts files to ProRes .mov, something ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with FCP X and FCP 7.
If you have problems when using M2TS/MTS files in Final Cut Pro X and want to make a smooth editing, you can read on the article to learn more. The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app called Brorosft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac which can be used as a AVCHD to FCP Converter under Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard 10.6, etc. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode M2TS to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HD, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 4444 for FCP, MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, DNxHD .mov for Avid MC, etc., and it works well and converts flawlessly.
Guide: Converting M2TS files to ProRes MOV for Editing in FCP X
Step 1. Add M2TS footage to the program
Once you run it, click “Add Video” button or “Add from folder” button to load your source M2TS files. When the M2TS files are loaded to software, 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 ProRes MOV as output format
Brorsoft MTS Converter Mac offers optimized format presets for Final Cut Pro, “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”, “Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)”, etc. Choose a one you need.
If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like.
Step 3. Start the conversion
Finally, click “Convert” button and the selected M2TS files will be converted to Apple ProRes encode mov files. You may check the converting progress and set auto shutdown in the conversion window. After conversion, click “Open” folder to find converted footage for importing to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X.