How to Edit Sony HDR-CX380/B 60p MTS in Final Cut Pro X

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How to Edit Sony HDR-CX380/B 60p MTS in Final Cut Pro X

Post  sq.yufeng on Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:24 am

Sony's 16GB HDR-CX380 HD Handycam Camcorder in black is a Full HD 1920 x 1080 video camera that shoots at 60 progressive frames per second and stores the video on its 16GB of internal flash memory. The camcorder features BIONZ image processor and a back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor for improved low light sensitivity. The video camera features a Sony G 30x optical zoom lens and Sony's Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system with Active Mode for camera shake reduction. The camera also features both manual focus and a Contrast AF auto focus system that are available through the touch panel feature of the 3.0" flip out LCD.

However, if you have some MTS video from CX380/B and try to imput to Final Cut Pro X, you are likely to meet some incompatible errors. In fact, AVCHD is not a comfortable format for editing with FCP, and 1920*1080@60fps is a nonstandard format for almost NLE's. As far as I know FCP X 10.0.4 can work well with the format. To edit footage shot on the Sony HDR-CX380/B in Final Cut Pro X you'd better first convert the footage to another format that fully supported by FCP X.

How to transcode Sony HDR-CX380/B MTS/M2TS to FCP X before importing(

As we all know FCP 7 is fully compatible with Apple ProRes .mov format. And it can support 30fps/25fps frame rate well. To bring the nonstandard video to FCP X, the best solution is to convert Sony HDR-CX380 1080 60p AVCHD to 30p ProRes for Final Cut Pro X on Mac and then import to FCP X for smooth editing.

Step 1) Go to download and install the top AVCHD for Mac Converter (
on your Mac computer. Launch it to load your 1080 60p AVCHD footages to it for converting.
Tip: Check the “Merge into one” box for joining AVCHD clips together if you need.

Step 2) Click on the pull down menu of “Format” and select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 as the output format.

Step 3) Press the “Settings” icon to freely set video resolution, frame rate, bitrate, etc freely. Best settings: setting video size as 1920*1080 and changing the frame rate to 30fps.

Step 4) Start converting AVCHD to .mov on Mac OS X via tapping on the Convert button.

When the conversion is completed, you can get the final output files effortlessly. Now, import and edit Sony HDR-CX380/B footage in FCP X without any incompatible issues.


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