How to Convert AVCHD to Final Cut Pro with Zero Quality Loss

by Christine Smith • 2020-09-17 12:02:34 • Proven solutions

Can FCPX import AVCHD files directly, or do they still need to be converted first? I have MTS files from a Panasonic GH2 digital camcorder that is in AVCHD that are grayed out when I try to import them.-Travisimo from Apple Community.

Like Travisimo, you may often run into incompatibility issues when transferring AVCHD footage to Final Cut Pro, and even you’re following the workflow. You can actually import any videos to FCP for smooth editing without needing to be a geek at formats and codecs. With Wondershare UniConverter for Mac (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate for Mac), it's extremely donable. Below describes how to do it step by step. No sweat!

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Steps to Convert AVCHD to Final Cut Pro on Mac with Wondershare UniConverter

Note: This AVCHD to FCP converter is cross-platform. If you're a Windows user, you can turn to its Windows version - Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate). Below guide takes Mac screenshot, just make sure you download the right version.

Step 1 Add your AVCHD files

Connect your camcorder to Mac, and then launch this AVCHD to FCP converter Mac. Instantly, all recorded AVCHD files can be shown in this program's interface. At this time, you can click the Add to Convert List to load them.

add AVCHD files

Step 2 Choose FCP as the output format

To import MTS files to FCP, you need to convert to its supported formats, namely DV, HDV, P2 MXF (DVCProHD), XDCAM and 2K film formats. However, to ensure the best quality, Wondershare UniConverter for Mac (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate for Mac) provides other options besides common video output.

  1. Configured presets for FCP, standard definition.
  2. Native codecs like ProRes, Apple Intermediate Codec for FCP to ensure the best result when editing in FCP.

Furthermore, provided that you want to compress the file a little, you can also click the gear icon to manually adjust the bit rate, frame rate, resolution, etc.

choose the output format

Step 3 Start converting AVCHD to FCP

After choosing the right output format, now just hit the Convert button to kick off AVCHD to Final Cut Pro conversion. During the conversion, you'll see a neat designed bar to show the percentage and remaining time.

ready to convert

When all conversions finished, just click the Finished tab to find the converted files. Now you may go ahead to show your creativeness on editing them with Final Cut Pro at ease.

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