Import individual MTS/M2TS files to FCP directly

Will FCP support single .mts/.m2ts files import?

Are you the person who never misses to record the events with your AVCHD camcorder when attending Halloween party? To scare your friends on Halloween eve, you may wonder if it is possible to DIY scary yet annoying and creepy videos on Halloween by editing your AVCHD MTS/M2TS recordings with Final Cut Pro on Mac? Sadly, editing with FCP is not an easy feat, especially for a single mts/mts file. The article would show you how to convert and import individual mts/m2ts to Final Cut Pro on Mac step by step. Just follow the guide and go on your movie director experience.

Edit individual mts/m2ts after converting to Final Cut Pro Compatible Format

MTS to FCP Converter

In fact, FCP 7 and previous version doesn't support AVCHD natively. One can import AVCHD files using camera import, but we can't import single .mts/.m2ts files directly from the Finder. If you navigate to them from the Import dialog, it will have them grayed out.

To fix the troublesome issue, the easy workaround is to encode your individual MTS/M2TS footage directly to FCP more supported ProRes MOV at once with a professional and easy-to-use MTS/M2TS Converter like Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac (macOS High Sierra compatible).

Why Choose Dimo to Import MTS/M2TS to FCP?

We use Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac here because it can meet your demands with its simple interface but rich functions:

1. Dimo VCU for Mac maintains the best preserved output video quality from the original AVCHD video. After the conversion, you will find importing and editing is flawless.

2. Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac's shrink feature will bring you the convenience to resize AVCHD with even 4K resolution to FCP lowest supported 640 x 480 video.

3. By running the program, there is no need to set the codec yourself. Well prepared FCP profile settings will save your time and and offer you plenty setting options. Besides, it has optimized presets for other NLEs, like iMovie, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro, etc.

4. Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac will convert videos including 2D MTS, 3D MTS, M2TS, MPEG-2, AVI, MP4, WMV, Blu-ray, DVD, etc. and extract audio from video to MP3, MKV, M4V, WAV, etc.

5. You are able to Customize videos with diversified video editing tools using Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac tool. It allows you to trim video to remove unwanted areas, flip video, add watermark, apply special effect and create 3D to personalize footage, and many more.

6. All AVCHD camcorders except for AVCHD Lite models use recording 1080 Interlaced Video (1080i). When editing converted AVCHD 1080i video on your FCP (since it don't have built-in De-interlacing engine like flat-panel televisions), the image you see from AVCHD video will not be true to the original. But because of Advanced De-interlacing Engine built-in, Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac supports converting AVCHD video from interlacing to progressive scanning. It will bring you more vivid and smooth AVCHD video image output from FCP.

Compare Interlaced video with De-interlaced video

7. Further, one of AVCHD video's advantages is that AVCHD video has several Audio/Language tracks. Owning to Unique Multi-track Feature, Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac allows you to freely choose AVCHD video audio/language tracks. If your resource AVCHD video is not English or you want to learn other language, it is definitely a useful feature far beyond your imagination.

Now, download the software on Mac and follow the guide below to start single MTS/M2TS to FCP Conversion.

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How to Encode .mts, .m2t, .m2ts video to Prores MOV for FCP?

MTS to FCP Converter

Note: If you are FCP X users, before you try to do the conversion, don't forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

Step 1. If your MTS/M2TS files are in camcorder or camera, first transfer the MTS/M2TS files whatever it is in .mts, m2t, or m2ts to your computer. Then drag&drop MTS/M2TS file to the program directly. Or click "Add file" to import your MTS or MTS file one by one

Step 2. For editing MTS/M2TS footage into FCP, simply choose Format > Editor > "Final Cut Pro X" or "Final Cut Pro 7" as the output format.

Tip: You are provided to adjust parameters including audio& video bitrate, frame rate, channel, codec .ect in "Settings" profile before conversion. It's better to set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality for editing in Final Cut Pro if the 60i/30fps is your original frame rate. But if you shoot with 50i/25fps, then 25fps as the frame rate will be your best choice when conversion.

FCP video settings

Step 3. Tap "Start" button to start MTS/M2TS to Prores MOV conversion on Mac.

After the conversion, you can get the encoded videos via "Open" panel and then import the encoded videos into FCP 6/7/X. For windows users, try Dimo Video Converter Ultimate to get FCP editable Prores code.

Extended Knowledge

1. Recommended Video and Audio Settings for Final Cut Pro 

Best Video Format for Final Cut Pro: MP4, MOV 

Aspect Ratio: Native aspect ratio without letterboxing (examples: 4:3, 16:9) 

Resolution: You can choose different resolutions, all the way to 5K. The lowest resolution supported is 640 x 480. You cannot choose custom resolutions or aspect ratios. This is a huge negative. 

Frame Rate: The lowest frame rate possible is 23.976p, and the maximum is 60p. No 12 or 18 fps options. 

Audio Settings: Generally, audio only has 'Surround' or 'Stereo', and the maximum audio bit depth isn’t specified. Squence audio is always mixed using 32-bit floating-point values.

Tips: Final Cut Pro allows you to directly import any audio file format compatible with QuickTime. However, only uncompressed file formats should be used for editing. 

2. How to import footage to FCP

You have several ways to import files to Final Cut Pro. Import files on your computer:

1. just find the files you are going to edit and select.

2. or highlight the folder.

3. or hit the event library and choose import in the pop-up window.

4. Or Shortcut Shift +Command+I also works.

3. How to Edit video clips with FCP

Edit video in FCP

You can edit clips in the Timeline section. After you've imported source files, drag the clip to the Timeline section.

1. Cut clips to reduce video duration or remove unwanted areas: press B to choose the Blade tool from the Tools menu in the toolbar, move the skimmer to the frame in the clip where you wanna cut and click. 

2. Add titles, transitions, effects and more into clips: use the buttons from the Viewer. You can create titles and credits within Final Cut Pro with title effects. Transitions can be fade-in, fade-out, or crossfade. Note that you can also import and rip DVD to Final Cut Pro for further editing. 

3. Export you video from Final Cut Pro: go to File > Share, choose a destination. You have lots of options, from MP4 to YouTube. Note that you can manually add destinations in the Destinations list of the Final Cut Pro Preferences window.

If you still have issues with importing and editing with single MTS/M2TS files in FCP, feel free to contact us.

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