Sony continues to shift the bar with the introduction of its rain- and dust-proof HXR-NX70U NXCAM Compact Camcorder. This rugged little trouper is the perfect companion for those tough location shoots where weather and climate cause lesser cameras to buckle and fold. Last week I got the NX70U. I was attracted by its two highlights: the rain- and dust-proof performance and its capability of shooting in full high-definition quality (1920 x 1080) with a choice of 60p, 60i and 24p frame rates. I like shotting AVCHD videos with it, because its Full HD 60/24p Recording & 12.3MP still images always give me what I see and want to record and never makes me miss any moment.
It is a pity taht, Final Cur Pro can't surpport 1080 60p AVCHD well. So I often met troubles when I tried to import 60p .mts/.m2ts recordings from Sony NX70U into FCP for editing. But now I have solved the issue. I went to Google and found a professional AVCHD Converter to trasncode AVCHD to compatible format for FCP on Mac OS X. Here recommended the best AVCHD to FCP Converter. I like it for the main two reason: 1) the MTS Converter for Mac provide five ProRes codecs, including Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. I can choose from them as I needs. 2) the converted files imported into FCP look great, just the same as my 1080/60p previewed on HXR-NX70U. I share the easy four-step AVCHD to ProRes 422 conversion as follows.
Steps: Convert Sony HXR-NX70U 1080p AVCHD Footages for importing to Final Cut Pro
1) Donwload the free trial version of MTS Converter for Mac and import the 1080/60p AVCHD footages from the HXR-NX 70U to it;
2) Hit the Format box and get the drop-down list. Select Final Cut Pro --> Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) as output format if you are intended for the high-quality converted files.
Tip: the difference between the ProRes codecs:
a. ProRes 422 (HQ): offers the utmost possible quality for 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 sources and provides target data rate of approximately 220 Mbps and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422;
b. ProRes 422: provides target data rate of approximately 145 Mbps and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
c. ProRes 422 (LT): provides roughly 70 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (thus, smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422) and higher quality than ProRes 422 (Proxy);
d. ProRes 422 (Proxy): 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;
e. ProRes 4444: offers the utmost possible quality for 4:4:4 sources and roughly 50 percent higher than the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).
3) Click the Settings button on the main interface to adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc.
Tip: If you want to get a relatively smaller converted file, except that choose ProRes 422 (LT) as output format, you can decrease video size from 1920*1080 to 1440*1080 or 1280*720.
4) Start to converting Sony NX70U 1080/60p AVCHD for FCP by clicking the arrow button.
After the AVCHD to ProRes 422 conversion is 100% completed, please run your Final Cut Pro, click File --> Import --> Files and select the converted recordings to transfer them to FCP. Then you can edit your files shot by Sony HXR-NX70U without any problem. In addition, the versatile AVCHD Converter on Mac OS X, compantiblem with the latest Moutain Lion, can not only work for FCP editor. It can also make the 1080/60p files editable in iMovie, FCE, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Premiere Elements, Avid Media Composer, etc.
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