Import 1080p MTS clips to Final Cut Pro 6 – converting Panasonic TM900 files to FCP


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Nov 9, 2011
On June 21, 2011, Apple released a new version of Final Cut Pro, renamed to "Final Cut Pro X", heavily based on iMovie, and described as a complete rewrite of the original application. Being missing the professional features presented in the previous Final Cut Pro version, like the inability to have more than one editing sequence in a project, removal of the multicam editing tool and the inability to use 3rd party IO hardware for capture and output, lack of edit decision list (EDL), XML and Open Media Framework Interchange (OMF) support, some professional users of earlier versions of Final Cut Pro have been critical of FCP X shortly after its release. It seems that it’s hard for FCP X to quickly capture professional users’ hearts. Putting the new version of Final Cut Pro X away, we are going to talk about an old but always being-asked question - how to import 1080p MTS clips to Final Cut Pro 6?

We will take importing Panasonic TM900 footage for instance. The Panasonic HDC-TM900 is the successor to the lauded HDC-TM700, which offers the same fantastic video performance as its predecessor, particularly with its widely-praised 1080/60p mode (Progressive Recording).


See recording details of Panasonic TM900 as below:
Panasonic TM900 Recording Mode 1080/60p (28Mbps/VBR),(1920x1080)
iFrame (28Mbps / VBR) , (960 x 540)
Compression (Recording Format) 1080 / 60p : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (original format)
HA / HG / HX / HE : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant)
iFrame : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC file format compliant (.MP4))

We captured lots of 1080p clips with the Panasonic TM900, and transferred the video files onto an external drive. We're now trying to import those MTS files into Final Cut Pro 6.0.5 but it seems they are not supported... how to import them?

Use Aunsoft Final Mate for Mac to convert 1080p MTS clips to Final Cut Pro compatible format. This Mac AVCHD Converter has native compatibility for these .mts and .m2ts formats, and is capable of converting Panasonic TM900 files to Apple ProRes 422 HQ for editing with Final Cut Pro 6.


As you can see in the above screenshot, more than converting AVCHD 1080p video to ProRes 422, Aunsoft Final Mate for Mac software also features format presets for other video editing applications running on Mac OS X, such as iMovie, Final Cut Press, Avid Studio, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effect, and Apple Aperture. You can consider it not only as a video conversion tool, but also a professional companion for both your camera/camcorder and video editing software. It enables you to import 1080p MTS clips to Final Cut Pro 6or whatever editing programs you have to make your own masterpieces.

3 more special features Aunsoft Mac AVCHD Converter offers:
1. Time Line editing, edit your MTS clips on a Time Line
2. Frame by Frame editing, cut, split and trim your MTS clips on accurate frame
3. Manage the file in your camcorder by Camcorder Wizard