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How to use Canon C100 MTS in Final Cut Pro 7 smoothly

      Summary: You may find that Final Cut Pro 7 does not support Canon C100 MTS footage. Thus, C100 MTS files must first be converted into a supported video file type before FCP can import them. Read this article below and you will how to.

I was totally new to Final Cut Pro. When I opened FCP 7 on Mac, the footage from my Canon C100 cannot be recognized. I had searched the method and tried the Log and Transfer, but still failed. An alternative way I found to get Canon C100 MTS into FCP 7 flawlessly is to convert C100 MTS to ProRes. I’ve tried the workaround. Yes, it works. Now I’m going to share the details for importing Canon C100 footage to Final Cut Pro 7 . If you are stuck in the issues, just read on.

Final Cut Pro is a great software, which is the most popular NLE software. We can use Log and Transfer or Log and Capture to import videos, images, ect to FCP for editing. But AVCHD is not the friendly format for Final Cut Pro, including FCP 6/7 and even the latest FCP X. Apple ProRes is the most compatible codec for editing in FCP. So if we want to edit Canon C100 AVCHD on Final Cut Pro 7, it is necessary to convert those already shot AVCHD files from C100 to ProRes .mov using third-party software. I recommended you to try Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, which is a professional tool for Mac users to transcode MTS to ProRes 422 for FCP.

Tutorial on converting Canon C100 AVCHD to Final Cut Pro7 in simple steps

Step 1. Connect your Canon C100 to your Apple with USB2.0. Launch the MTS Converter for Mac, then click the adding button to import your MTS, M2TS files.

Step 2. Click the Format bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get the Apple ProRes codecs, including ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want.

Step 3. Press the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for editing Canon C100 footages in FCP 7 with best quality.

Step 4. Hit the Convert button in the main interface to start the MTS to FCP ProRes conversion on Mac OS X.

After the AVCHD to Apple ProRes conversion, you can run the Final Cut Pro and click File --> Import --> Files to import the converted files and edit them in FCP without any rendering or unrecognizable problem.

P.S. If you want to make your Canon C100 files editable in iMovie, FCE, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, etc. the Mac AVCHD Converter will also be a great choice for you. Choose a proper output format like “iMovie and Final Cut Express-Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)” for iMovie in the second step.

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Source: Transcoding MTS files from Canon C100 to FCP 7

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