Import and edit AVCHD progressive files to FCP X

Does FCP X import AVCHD progressive files? Can I directly import AVCHD 60P progressive in Final Cut Pro X for smoothly editing? Will I still need to convert AVCHD progressive to ProRes MOV? This article will helps you to deal with AVCHD footage with Final Cut Pro. 

FCP X will import from my sony a65 in 60p, edit it, and then export it as 59.94. If I remember to change the preferences back to optimized rather than proxy, the exported file looks great.  And it is also able to do a direct import of my 1080/60p footage (all 307 clips) from my Sony HDR CX700V to FCP X (version 10.0.4) without using Clipwrap first. The difference being the footage is H.264 instead of ProRes 422. Put side by side in the Timeline there is virtually no visual difference.

Natively editing AVCHD 60P progressive files in FCP X, ok or not?

"I was able to see a clip that I recored in 1080/60p in Camera Capture mode.  But when I drug the files to my hard drive, and tired to use File Import, I kept getting an error message saying no files were importable.  Why is that?"

And some guys tried with HDC TM 700 with no luck. It seams that 1080/60p still does not import from a Panasonic HDC-HS900. Panasonic SD90 - little brother to the 700, 800, 900, etc. 1080/60p imports just great. You can actually already view and work with the clips, but they are VERY stuttery. Once converted they are totally smooth. Since ProRes still the best codec for FCP, conversion is necessary sometimes. 

How to convert AVCHD progressive files to Final Cut Pro X?

Free trail Aunsoft AVCHD Progressive to FCP X Converter


Step1. Load AVCHD progressive clips to the program

Click "add video" or "add folder" to load Pansonic videos. You can also directly drag files to the program. It is possible to add multiple AVCHD clips at one time for batch conversion. 

Click "merge into one file" to merge clips into one big file.


Step 2: Choose "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" or "Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)" under “Final Cut Pro” category.

Step 3: Adjust audio and video parameters in Profile Settings

For 1080/60p recordings, 1920*1080 as video size, 30fps as video bitrates and pcm-s16le as audio codec are the most suitable settings. If you are in PAL (50p) area, you are recommended 25fps as video bitrate

Step 4: Conversion

Click the "Convert" button on the main interface to start converting MXF files to MOV Pro Res on Mac OS X. 

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