How to Get Final Cut Pro work with Canon HF R42 AVCHD footage smoothly

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How to Get Final Cut Pro work with Canon HF R42 AVCHD footage smoothly

Post  lydia520622 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:41 pm

Summary: Facing issues when importing Canon Vixia HF R42 MTS media files to Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7 for editing? The easy workaround is to transcode mts to ProRes codec with a professional AVCHD converter Mac. Below is how.

The Canon Vixia HF R42 is one of the best choices for videographers to capture. It shoots Full HD movies. Capture HD Movies in your choice of super-smooth 60p at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. The recordings’ format of HF R42 is the AVCHD (28 Mbps) which delivers stunning picture quality while the MP4 codec lets you compress to smaller files for easier upload to the web. However, if you want to edit
Canon AVCHD MTS in Final Cut Pro
on Mac OS X, you will meet some problems.

After widely searching and further test, we found that the problems mainly lie in that Final Cut Pro, (FCP 6/7 and FCP X) cannot support the native AVCHD footages from Canon R42. So the first problem you have to solve is how to transcode Canon Vixia HF R42 AVCHD to ProRes, the codec which is specially designed for editing with Final Cut Pro.

Here we recommend the best
AVCHD to ProRes Converter
. Its great performance and all the FCP compatible formats included(Apple ProRes 422 HQ, Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 LT, etc) make it easier for you to import and edit your 1080 50p/60p files from Canon Vixia R42 in Final Cut Pro. Just download it and follow the guide on converting Canon HF R42 MTS to ProRes 422 below.

Simple steps to convert e Canon Vixia HF R42 AVCHD to Apple ProRes MOV for FCP

Step 1. Install and launch Brorsoft
MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac
to dag and drop Canon AVCHD videos to this software. Or, you can click the Add button to load your MTS footage to the program.

Tip: If you want to join the files together, please tick the box “Merge into one" on the main interface.

Step 2. Press the Format box and select one of the Apple ProRes codecs on the dropdown list. You are advised to choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”or “Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)” as the export.

Step 3. Click the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video size as 1920*1080, video frame rate as 30fps for importing Canon Vixia HF R42 1080p MTS to FCP with the best quality.

Step 4. Hit he button for “Convert" and start converting Canon Vixia HF R42 AVCHD to FCP ProRes 422 .mov video on Mac OS X (Lion and Mountain Lion) immediately.

Once the 1080p AVCHD to Apple ProRes conversion finished, you can run the Final Cut Pro and click File —> Import —> Files to import the converted files and edit them in Final Cut Pro 6/7/X without any rendering or incompatibility problem.

* If you have problems when importing or editing your Canon, Sony, Panasonic, GoPro, JVC, etc camera video files, you can check out "
Brorsoft Camcorder/Camera Importing Tips" or "
FCE, FCP, iMovie Column" to get your solutions.

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Re: How to Get Final Cut Pro work with Canon HF R42 AVCHD footage smoothly

Post  lydia520622 on Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:08 am

Summary: The Avid Media Composer 6 won’t import MXF files from Canon XF100, XF105, XF300,XF305. The easy workaround is to transcode MXF to Avid Media Composer natively supported format - DNxHD. Here is a quick-stare guide.

Canon XF100, XF105, XF300, XF305 camcorders are considered a landmark in the groups of Canon's professional high definition camcorder, which appeal to a wide range from videographers or film-makers to photography fans, which is featured with MPEG-2 Full HD 4:2:2 recording(MXF format) on CompactFlash at up to 50Mbps. However, users find it’s difficult to import Canon MXF clips to Avid Media Composer or other NLE system.

As far as I know, MXF is a self-container format which is unacceptable by various non-linear editing systems (NLE), like Avid Media Composer(5/5.5/6/6.5), Pinnacle Studio, Final Cut Pro (FCP 6/7/X), Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere Pro(CS3/CS4/CS5/CS6), etc. In order to import the MXF files from Canon camera to Avid Media Composer for editing, the easy workaround is to transcode Canon MXF files to Avid MC compatible video formats. Along with some help from a top MXF Converter, it can be done. To help those who wanna
edit MXF files in Avid Media Composer
without problems, here I share with you a simple guide on how to convert MXF files to edit in Avid Media Composer CS6.

First of all, downloading the App- Brorsoft
MXF Converter for Mac

Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use MXF to Avid DNxHD Converter on Mac(Mac OS X Mountain Lion included) which can not only convert XF100, XF105 and XF300, XF305, C300, Panasonic P2 recorded MXF files, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. The MXF to Avid MC Converter can convert MXF videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon) for editing in Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, etc. The equivalent Windows version is Brorsoft
MXF Converter, which can transcode MXF files for Windows editing smoothly. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get Avid Media Composer and MXF files to work beautifully.

Converting MXF to DNxHD that Avid Media Composer 6 handles well:

Step 1. Launch the Mac MXF to Avid Converter. Drag and drop .mxf clips to file list. The converter works with MXF shootings taken with Canon XF series.

Step 2. Set Avid DNxHD MOV as output format. Click on "Format", and select output format from the drop-down list. Follow "Avid Media Composer" > Avid DHxHD (*.mov)”.

Tip: Adjust video resolution, bit rate, frame rate, etc.[/b]

Click "Settings" button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

Step 3. Click the convert button under the preview window; the MXF converter will start converting MXF to Avid MC immediately. Soon after the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for edit in Avid Media Composer 6 as well as Avid MC 5/5.5/6.5 perfectly.

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