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Convert/merge Sony FS100 AVCHD to FCP 7 without log and transfer

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I shot one hour interview on Sony FS100 cameras and now have 10 MTS files. I need to transfer FS100 AVCHD clips to FCP 7 in one file. I know some conversion is necessary since AVCHD footage is not intended for post production in FCP timeline. I either have the option of using the log and transfer function or purchasing conversion software like Clipwrap or Aunsoft. 

Well, Log and transfer function seems to crash a lot on our systems. And recently I used log and transfer and 15GB of video took up 200GB of space once the log and transfer was complete. That's ridiculous and frankly not gonna be a viable option every time I have to log and transfer. I do have an external 2TB harddrive but again what the hell is the 200GB being used for????  There no workable way to log and transfer to minimize the space reqs. Comparatively, Clipwrap and Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac is more stable and efficient. But after I installed the Mavericks 10.9, I found the Clipwrap cannot work on with my new system. I tried lots of time and nearly lost my patience. Lucikly, the Video Converter for Mac can still help me convert Sony FS100 AVCHD to ProRes on mavericks as fast as before. I appreciate this. 



Below is the workflow to bring AVCHD clips to FCP 7 in one MOV file. Hope it is also helpful to you.

Part 1: Transcode FS100 AVCHD to ProRes MOV

Step 1: Import  

Click "add video" or "add folder" to load Sony FS100 clips. You can also directly drag files to the program. The program supports batch conversion and allows you capture images.

Check the "Merge into one" box to merge all clips into one big file.



Step 2: Select export format 

Click the "format" and choose the "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)" Here ProRes 422 HQ is recommended for offering even greater headroom to preserve the quality of even the most demanding. 

ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy and ProRes 4444 are also available for different needs. For instance, in most circumstances, ProRes 422 HQ is sufficient. But if you are planning to do heavy grading or VFX work from the ProRes, converting GY-HM650 AVCHD to ProRes 4444 is desirable.



Step 3: Transcoding settings (Optional)

Click the "Settings" button to adjust output profile settings. Here your can adjust bitrates, encode, frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, sample rate, channels, etc.

Step 4: Conversion

Click "Conversion" icon and the FS100 AVCHD to FCP 7 Converter will run at ultrafast speed. With just a click on "Open output folder", you can locate the export converted and merged ProRes MOV easily.   

Part 2: Import Sony FS100 AVCHD to FCP 7

To import the transcoded files into Final Cut Pro 7, simply navigate to File > Import > Files and select the converted clips. Alternately you can simply drag and drop the files into your “Bin.” Note that this process using Compresor replaces the need to "Log and Transfer" as you would with typical camcorders.

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