If you are using a camera like SONY HDR-CX560V to capture memories in MTS format, and using Final Cut Pro X, the newest version to create your family movies, you need convert an .MTS file to an Apple ProRes 422(HQ) file, so that your FCP X would be able to accept your recording clips. To lower the quality loss during transcoding, Apple introduced the Apple ProRes family in 2007 with Final Cut Studio 2 to help FCP works more efficiently with HD contents.
ProRes 422 is a standard-definition and high-definition lossy video compression format developed by Apple Inc. for use in post production. It is comparable to Avid's DNxHD codec which has the same purpose and uses similar bit rates. Apple ProRes is an intermediate codec, which means it is intended for use during video editing, and not intended for practical or end-user viewing. The benefit of an intermediate codec is that it retains higher quality than end-user codecs while still requiring much less expensive disk systems compared to uncompressed video.
The Apple ProRes format comes in five versions: Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT), and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy). In my post here, I’m talking about how to transcode AVCHD MTS to Apple ProRes 422(HQ), so let’s have a brief look at Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) first of all. The Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) codec offers the utmost possible quality for 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 sources (without an alpha channel) and provides the following:
- Target data rate of approximately 220 Mbps (1920 x 1080 at 60i)
- Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422
Aunsoft Final Mate for Mac is recommended for converting MTS to FCP X. It is able to read all MTS clips from your camera directly, you just need specify which clips you want to convert, and then choose Apple ProRes 422(HQ) as target format for conversion.
Note: You need check updates for Motion and Final Cut Pro X, etc. that included support for Apple ProRes, otherwise you may find there is only audio and no video.
More than processing MTS to ProRes conversion for FCP, Final Mate for Mac also offers presets for other popular Mac editing apps, like iMovie/FCE, Avid Studio, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere and so on, so you can use it as an ideal companion for your camera or camcorder.
For your reference-Input Files of Aunsoft Final Mate for Mac
-Video: AVCHD*(MTS, M2TS), AVCHD Lite*(MTS, M2TS), TOD, MOD
-Resolution: 1080/60p, 1080/50p, 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 1080/25p, 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 720/50p, etc.
More features you may have interest in:
1. Time Line editing, edit your MTS clips on a Time Line
2. Frame by Frame editing, cut, split and trim your MTS clips on accurate frame
3. Manage the file in your camcorder by Camcorder Wizard