Showing posts with label Final Cut Express. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Final Cut Express. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sony Alpha 7R and iMovie/FCE Workflow- Transcode a7R MTS files to AIC for editing

This article teaches you how to easily convert and import Sony Alpha 7R MTS footage into iMovie or Final Cut Express for further editing on Mac (OS X 10.9 Mavericks included).

Sony is well known for innovating in the camera sphere, basically because it can. The A7R Full-Frame Camera is the world's lightest interchangeable lens full-frame camera. The R in the A7R's name stands for resolution, so the emphasis here is on getting the highest possible picture quality, and it facilitates a host of features including full HD video recording and a quick auto-focus algorithm.

'Our Sony a7R arrived five days ago and we, my wife and I, have had a chance to put the camera through its paces. It is excellent for capturing memories on vacations, birthdays, sports activities. And  it can capture Full 1920 x 1080 HD uncompressed clean-screen video files.' 

However, one problem makes me headache, I cannot get the video files in .MTS (AVCHD) format from my Alpha 7R into iMovie or FCE. What's the problem? How to realize this goal for native editing Sony 1080 60p/60i mts in iMovie or FCE?

Since Apple hasn't added full supported to the 1080/60 mts recordings within iMovie/FCE, and you have to change Sony Alpha 7R MTS videos to iMovie/FCE acceptable AIC .mov format. This is the best solution to import and edit Sony Alpha 7R AVCHD mts footage in iMovie/FCE.

For this case, a professional Sony MTS to AIC application - Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac comes to help you which is your first choice to transcode Sony Alpha 7R AVCHD footages to AIC MOV for iMovie. Here is a step-by-step tutorial for your to figure out your Sony Alpha 7R MTS/M2TS iMovie/FCE problem:


1. Copy your MTS videos from Sony Alpha 7R to computer hard drive.

2. Free Download Pavtube Sony MTS to iMovie/FCE Converter on Mac, install and launch it.

Brief Steps

Step 1. Drag and Drop source MTS videos to Pavtube Sony MTS to AIC Converter. Or click "Add Video" to import the mts footage from Alpha 7R

Step 2. Set up output format for Sony Alpha 7R AVCHD to iMovie/FCE Conversion.

From "Format" list, choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (*.mov)" for output.

Step 3. Press the big "Convert" button to start transcoding Sony Alpha 7R AVCHD MTS to AIC MOV for using in iMovie/FCE. The program adopted advanced audio and video sync technology; never let you troubled by the audio and video issues.

Once finished, click "Open" to get converted MOV videos.

Then you could open up iMovie/FCE, and go to "File > Import > Movies…" to import converted video files to iMovie/FCE for further editing.

More Tips:

1. If you want to merge multiple MTS files into one for easy editing, please tick the box "Merge into one file" to merge all the imported clips.

2. In case the MTS footage is taken under interlacing mode, just click "Edit" to go to Video Editor, and hit Effect to select the Deinterlacing and interlacing lines will be eliminated. (Checked by default)

3. This Sony AVCHD Converter for iMovie/FCE optimized its conversion speed with multi-thread technology, so that you can convert the MTS 1.5 or 2 times faster than other similar programs. Its built-in codec will not install any codec on your computer, so as to avoid the unexpected codec problem.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Transcoding Sony FDR-AX100 4K XAVC-S footage to AIC mov for iMovie or FCE

iMovie or FCE won't import XAVC S files from Sony FDR-AX100 smoothly. The easy workaround is to transcode Sony 4K XAVC S video to a more friendly AIC codec for editing. Here is how.

There are only a few consumer-level options for shooting 4K video, but Sony clearly has a plan for stepping forward and bring the goods in this department. The new AX100 camcorder not only shoots 4K, but as a host of other awesome-sounding specs to attract video shooters. The footage from AX100 will be encoded using the XAVC-S codec and record to Class 10 SDXC cards.

While, there are a few issues when it comes to ingesting, loading and editing 4K XAVC-S files recorded by Sony FDR-AX100 in your non-linear editing software, like iMovie and Final Cut Express.  Keep reading and below is a quick and easy solution for solving the problem. 

To import Sony AX100 XAVC-S files to iMovie or FCE, the best way is to convert 4K XAVC-S to iMovie/FCE compatible AIC codec. To finish this job, a professional XAVC-S to AIC Converter for iMovie/FCE is necessary, and here, Pavtube XAVC-S Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended here.  Now I share the guide with you how to convert Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC S footage to iMovie/FCE friendly format using

How to convert Sony FDR-AX100 XAVCS media to AIC for iMovie/FCE

Step 1. Install and launch the Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac, click "Add Video" to load XAVC-S videos.

Step 2. Click "Format" preset and choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express-> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" as best video format for editing Sony AX100 XAVC in iMovie and FCE as well as good video quality.

Step 3. Now click "Convert" and let it go. The XAVC to AIC Converter for Mac supports batch conversion, so if you have lots of xavc videos to convert, check 'Shut down computer after conversion', and you can go away without keeping an eye on it.

Tips: When the conversion is finished, you can import the converted XAVC-S file to iMovie/FCE for editing.

Now you are free to import/edit Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC-S videos in iMovie and FCE under Mac without problems.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

How to import video from Canon 70D to iMovie/FCE

The article shows you the best workaround for editing Canon 70D videos in iMovie by transcoding Canon H.264 .mov to iMovie/FCE native editing format - Apple Intermediate Codec.

The Canon 70D is Canon's least-expensive full-performance DSLR. I can't think of anything significant missing on the 70D for a normal person not made of money. The 70D is a fantastic camera at any price. If you think you want one, just get it. The 70D shoots fast and it's always right on-target. Everything about the 70D just goes!

If you have got the Canon 70D and often use it to record full HD video in H.264 MOV format, you may have the need to import Canon H.264 .mov files to iMovie/FCE on Mac, but iMovie best native supported video format is Apple Intermediate Codec MOV format, so iMovie/FCE doesn’t support Canon 70D mov footages well, you may encountered many problems, like import it slowly, and couldn’t edit videos smoothly.

To load Canon 70D H.264 MOV to iMovie or FCE, you need to convert them into iMovie/FCE preferred video format firstly. Besides, it's a pity if you don't keep the original file structure, but it's not unfixable – come and meet this Canon MOV Converter for Mac.

This H.264 MOV to AIC Converter is not only able to convert organized videos files, but also able to deal with various videos and audios in batch. No need to install third party plug-in, no need to fix the settings manually; just import, choose iMovie/FCE preset, and click Convert. It's just as simple as that. The software does a good job in editing H.264 .mov files directly in iMovie/FCE and also easily convert Canon MOV video to FCP, Avid Media Composer and Premiere Pro etc. You can also remux, Trim, cut, split, mix videos, overlays the 1080p H.264 mov footages. Now mac Mavericks 10.9 is supported, feel free to have a try!

Now get Pavutube HD Video Convertr for Mac installed; you can order a license directly or download a trial version here. Ok let's move on!

How to Convert Canon 70D H.264 MOV to iMovie/FCE with AIC MOV

Step 1. Connect your Canon 70D camera to Mac with USB cable or use card reader to transfer the MOV files to Apple hard drive disk.

Step 2. Add Canon 70D 1080p H.264 MOV videos to Mac Canon Video Converter.

Run this HD Video Converter for Mac, and click the "Add Files" button to load individuals mov videos; or you can click "Add from folder"to load the entire folder.

Step 3. Choose editing program compatible format.

Click the "Format "option, to get high video quality with least quality loss, you can choose iMovie and Final Cut Express>Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov).

Click Settings, you can fix the size to 1920*1080 to get better video quality; also you can fix the bitrate, frame rate as what you need.

Step 4. Now click the big red "Convert" and wait for a while to get the fresh hot converted video.

Click Browse to locate them directly. Ok now the transcoded files now are ready for editing Canon 70D MOV in iMovie or FCE.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

MXF to AIC MOV Converter-Edit Canon C300 MXF in iMovie 11 and FCE 4

Summary: By transcoding MXF to AIC MOV format, you can smoothly import/edit Canon C300 MXF files into iMovie 11 and Final Cut Express 4 without problmes. 

Bringing Canon’s expertise and decades of experience designing sensors, lenses, image processing and design to the world of motion picture capture, the EOS C300 camera has been designed to meet the demanding needs of cinema industry professionals, providing a modular, portable and eminently adaptable system of cameras, lenses and accessories built for moviemaking in the 21st century.

A variety of physical and electronic C300 elements are borrowed liberally from Canon’s XF series camcorders, chief among them being the recording codec, known as Canon XF. It is a 50Mbps 4:2:2 MPEG2 codec utilizing the widely supported .MXF wrapper, writing 1080p30 and 720p60 video to Compact Flash at a choice of either 50Mbps or 35Mbps.

You may have used Canon C300 camcorders to record many high-definition footages which are in MXF video format, this video format is good for record videos, but it’s not compatible with many editing software, such as iMovie 11 and FCE 4 on Mac.

You may have the need to import C300 MXF footage to iMovie 11 and FCE 4 for editing. So what to do? The best way is to convert MXF to iMovie/FCE supported video format, like Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) .MOV format. Now you can follow the step-by-step guide to convert C300 recorded mxf files to AIC MOV for iMovie 11/FCE easily.

1. Free Download Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac. The program is an excellent easy-to-use and intuitive Mac tool for camcorder users. It is good at batch converting MXF recordings shot by Panasonic P2 camcorders, Sony XDCAM camcorders, Canon XF series cameras to ProRes/AIC MOV formats compatible with your Mac Video editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Pro (X), Final Cut Express. 

2. Install and launch this Mac MXF to AIC  Converter, import Canon C300 MXF footages to the software.

Step 2. Click the "Format" option, select "iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*mov)" for editing Canon C300 MXF in iMovie/FCE.

Some more helpful features of the batch MXF to MOV Converter for Mac:

1. Adjust video and audio parameters. (Optional)

Click "Settings" button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you'd better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bitrate, frame rate as you need.

2. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.

Step 3. When above steps finished, you can click "Convert" button to start converting Canon C300 MXF to AIC MOV for iMovie 11/FCE 4 with a super fast speed. With the excellent C300 MXF to MOV Converter, you can deal Canon C300 MXF footage on Mac with best video and audio quality as you want.

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Best solution to edit Panasonic HS900 recorded 1080/60p AVCHD videos in iMovie/FCE

Summary: If you would like to edit Panasonic HDC-HS900 1080/60p MTS on Mac with iMovie and FCE, just follow the steps below to convert Panasonic HS900 1080/60p MTS to iMovie/FCE best codec AIC.

Panasonic HDC-HS900 features Advanced 3MOS System, 1080/60p or 1080/50p Recording (Full-HD 1,920 x 1,080, 60/50 Progressive Recording), NEW HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), large 3.5-inch LCD with Touch Operation, and a 220GB HDD and DXC/SDHC/SD Memory Card Hybrid Recording. 3D image recording is possible with the optional VW-CLT1 3D Conversion Lens. The Panasonic HS900 weighs approx 395g, with dimensions of 67 x 72 x 146mm. Compatible with SDHC, SDXC memory cards. The HD video camera stores videos in .mts format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression.

One on friends had recorded some videos using Panasonic HDC-HS900 as part of his research. He would like to import the HS900 camcorder videos to iMovie/FCE on Mac for editing. However, the resulting HD videos are in AVCHD .mts files which is highly compressed and could not be imported to iMovie/FCE. With the 1080/60p recording mode, the videos play great on the HS900 camcorder, however, Mac is not compatible with this format, not even iMovie or Final Cut Exprees.

While looking for a solution to edit HS900 recorded 1080/60p AVCHD videos in iMovie/FCE, Mac Panasonic AVCHD Converter is recommended as the partner to Panasonic HS900 for iMovie/FCE editing. As Apple InterMediate Codec is the most compatible video format for iMovie, this superior Panasonic 60p/50p MTS to iMovie/FCE Converter will help you to convert Panasonic HDC-HS900 1080/60p AVCHD to AIC and make HS900 HD camcorder video footage editable on iMovie and FCE.

Below is a simple instruction for you to import and edit Panasonic HDC-HS900 60p/50p MTS to iMovie/FCE on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X like Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard.

Step 1. Import HDC-HS900 AVCHD MTS/M2TS files to Panasonic AVCHD to AIC Converter for Mac.

Click the add button to import the AVCHD resource files to the Pavtube AVCHD MTS/M2TS converter for Mac. Then the files will be listed on the file list tab, you can choose to check the properties of the video or preview it.

Step 2. Choose suitable output format forthe HDC-HS900 AVCHD to AIC conversion.

Click the format bar, and there will bemany output formats on the format list. You are recommended to choose iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov).

Step 3. Convert HDC-HS900 AVCHD MTS/M2TS video footages to iMovie/FCE.

Click the "Convert" button and start transcode HDC-HS900 AVCHD MTS/M2TS footage to AIC for iMovie/FCE will begin at once.

When the conversion finished, you candirectly import the output AIC MOV files to iMovie and Final Cut Express for editing andmake your movies. The importing needn’t any rendering because the AIC MOV isone of the compatible video formats in iMovie/FCE on Mac OS X Lion.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Convert Sony XR150 MTS to Final Cut Express 4 on Mac

Sony HDR-XR150 120GB HD Handycam Camcorder offers up 1920 x 1080i high def recording to a 120GB hard disk drive. The XR150 also allows for recording to Memory Stick Media and SD/SDHC memory cards. In addition to capturing high quality HD footage, the camera is also capable of taking 3MP stills and features 1080/60p playback via HDMI to HDTV.  

XR150 produces AVCHD videos for me very well. But some users have found out that they are unable to edit XR150 AVCHD in Final Cut Express, as below.

Q1: I have acquired a HDR-XR150 and I was wondering if it will fit with final cut express. It's the only program I have and I don't have a windows... I already had a sony handycam but it was not working with was awful. If I plug the camcorder in my Mac will the program find it? 

Q2:I recently purchased the above mentioned camera. It seems like there is "no way" to get my clips into Final Cut Express 4. Could you please help me?

Such problem is caused by the video format.FCE cannot recognize those AVCHD MTS/M2TS Files natively. In view of this circumstance, what can we do in order to edit Sony XR150 AVCHD video in FCE without blocking? Anyone who has used FCE will know that FCE supports AIC .MOV format fully. Therefore, we can think of a way to convert AVCHD files to FCE's favorable formats first before importing them to FCE for editing. Let's skip to have a look at how to use this stunning converter to see how wonderfully it works. Only three steps are required to finish the conversion.

Step1: Import the Sony XR150 Video Files

After downloading and running the Mac MTS to FCE Converter as per the link below, click "Add File" to upload your Sony XR150 AVCHD MTS, M2TS files to the program. 

Step2: Set the appropriate output video format

In order to convert MTS to AIC for using in iMovie 8/9/11, simply hit "Format" menu and follow "iMovie and Final Cut Express" > "Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)".

Tips: By clicking "Settings" button, you are able to enter the "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video and audio parameters for your Sony XR150 source files, including video size, bit rate, frame rate and more.

Step3: Hit the "Convert" button to kick off to Sony XR150 MTS files to AIC MOV conversion on Mac.

About Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac

This program is good at encoding AVCHD/MOD/TOD camera shootings to different formats (H.264 MOV/MTS/M2TS/M2T/MKV/AVI/MXF, etc.) for editing on more Mac editing software, i.e. encode AVCHD to ProRes for FCP, encode MTS to DNxHD MOV for Avid, transcode M2TS to WMV/MOV/MPG for Premiere Pro, etc...Only need to change the step 2.

To sum up, we can rely on this multifunctional video converter to deal with the Sony XR500 AVCHD format issue with FCE by taking several steps. Just follow the guide to help you easily handle Sony HDR-XR150 footages in Final Cut Express for smoothly editing as you want.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Make Sony HDR-PJ780 1080 50/60p AVCHD Editable in iMovie and FCE

Summary: To import 50/60p AVCHD mts video clips from Sony PJ780 to iMovie/FCE, you just need to get a top Sony MTS Converter to help you to convert AVCHD to most compatible video format (AIC MOV) with Mac iMovie and FCE

Sony PJ780 Reviews: 

Balanced Optical SteadyShot paired with current video technology at the height of the time could be the Sony HDR-PJ780 quickly becomes the darling ambitious videographers.Sony would have unlocked a second time, the full manual control and the image characteristics of the camera.Conversely, those who anyway only in automatic mode at the PJ780 films should have a lot of fun.One can in many cases save a tripod and maybe there are here and there even a suitable use for the built-in projector.

  • Image Stabilizer 
  • Wide Angle 

  • Image characteristics can not be changed 
  • Few image control options 
  • Small (touch) screen 

Sony HDR-PJ780 can films full HD 1080 video recording at 50/60, 25 and 24 fps in AVCHD format, also supports 720p MPEG-2 format. It is an excellent camera for us to record vivid videos, especially the AVCHD format can deliver stunning picture quality, unfortunately, iMovie/FCE doesn't support 50/60p from your camera Sony PJ780.

As we know, iMovie and FCE favorable video format is Apple Intermediate Code(AIC). The best and quick solution is to transcode Sony PJ780 50/60p AVCHD to AIC with iMovie/FCE best supported codec and format AIC .mov. Then you can handle your Sony PJ780 AVCHD in iMovie/FCE effortlessly.

Here we recommend you to choose a top MTS to AIC Converter for mac to transfer Sony PJ780 MTS recordings for iMovie 9 or FCE 4 editing. With this Mac AVCHD Converter, you not only can easily transcode Sony PJ780 1080 50/60p AVCHD clips to MOV files with AIC codec for your iMovie/FCE with the preset profiles, but also can combine several clips into one for easy importing/editing into iMovie and FCE.

As for how to convert Sony PJ780 50/60p AVCHD to iMovie or Final Cut Express, you can follow the bellow steps.

Step 1: Load MTS files.

Connect Sony HDR-PJ780  to your Mac via USB 2.0, or insert your SD Card to Mac. You can browse the .mts files from AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM. And then insall and luanch the best Mac Sony MTS to AIC Converter. Click the “File” or the related label to add the .mts files from your Camcorder.

Tips: If you want to merge multiple 1080 50/60p MTS clips into one, please tick “Merge into one file” box to merge the files into one single file.

Step 2: Choose output format.

Click on the “Format” and move you pointer to “iMovie and Final Cut Express” on the dropdown menu, choose it for natively editing Sony MTS files in iMovie and FCE.

Step 3: Set the best video profile for FCE/iMovie editing Sony HDR- PJ780 MTS files.

Click the “Settings” icon and you will be led to the “Profile Settings”, on which page you can customize the codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.


1. 30 fps, and video size as 1920*1080 are recommended parameters to keep the best quality for editing MTS footages in Final Cut Express or iMovie.

2. If you want to have a smaller file size but keep the good quality, you can change the video size to 1440*1080.

Step 4: Convert Sony PJ780 50/60pMTS to AIC MOV. 

Click the “Convert” button, it will start the fast transcoding Sony HDR- PJ780 50/60p MTS to ProRes for FCE/iMovie on Mac. You can get the estimated time and video size in the “Conversion” interface.

After Sony MTS to AIC conversion, you will be able to get the output files for FCE/iMovie by clicking on “Open” button. Now you can import and edit Sony HDR-PJ780 1080 50/60p MTS in FCE or iMovie easily and effortlessly.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Transcode/Edit Sony Alpha A57/A65/A77 AVCHD video to mov for Final Cut Pro on Mac

In this tutorial you are going to learn how to convert AVCHD Video from Sony Alpha A57/A65/A77 to FCP compatible formats for editing.
Nowdays, more and more cameras can record full HD 1080 60p AVCHD files. If you'eve recorded your ideas or memory into HD videos with Sony A57/A65/A77, you may also want to edit those AVCHD mts files in Adobe Premiere. But you may encounter some problems when you want to import Sony A57/A65 footages to FCP for editing, like import it slowly, and couldn't edit videos smoothly.

The reason you can't edit Sony AVCHD MTS files in FCP smoothly is that AVCHD MTS/M2TS files are not well supported by FCP on Mac due to the unfriendly codec, you can't edit the videos smoothly in Final Cut Pro. The best solution is to convert Sony A57/A65/A77 AVCHD MTS/M2TS to FCP best supported Apple RroRes codec.
Now I will start with the step-by-step guide on how to convert Sony A57/A65/A77 AVCHD 1080/60p MTS/M2TS to ProRes 422 and then import the converted videos for editing in Final Cut Pro.

Step1: Download Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac and import your Sony A57/A65/A77 AVCHD file.

Step2: Click format column and choose the output format. You are recommended to choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)

Tips: If you want the files to be in smaller size, you can follow Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(LT) (*mov)/Apple ProRes 422(*mov) option. If your files size is at SD levels, you are advised to choose Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422(Proxy)(*mov).

Step3: Click settings button to adjust the output video's parameters, such as bitrate, resolution, etc.

Step4: Start converting Sony A57/A65/A77 1080/60p MTS/M2TS videos to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X

After the Sony A57/A65/A77 AVCHD to FCP conversion, import the converted MOV files to Final Cut Pro, then you can edit Sony A57/A65/A77 videos in FCP smoothly.

You can also convert Sony A57/A65/A77 AVCHD to best editing codec for iMovie/Premiere Pro on Mac. Just enjoy your HD videos from Sony A57/A65/A77 in your FCP now! Good luck to you!

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