Are you using Final Cut Pro 5, and would like to import AVCHD videos to FCP 5 for editing? Most users would like to convert MTS/M2TS to Apple ProRes for editing. But after conversion, the video imported to FCP 5 does not show the video, but only sound/audio.
Besides the no video but sound problem, some users may also notice another symptom when converting MTS to ProRes for FCP 5. That is the output file size is much smaller than the estimated size. It is because there is no Apple ProRes codec with FCP 5, and only audio is exported.
How to solve the video problem with Apple ProRes mov to FCP 5?
There are two ways to get the problem solved, and you can get less processor intensive solution, and high quality video editing.
Solution 1. Upgrade FCP 5 on your Mac to FCP X.
The standalone Final Cut Pro 5, and FCP 5.1 as part of Final Cut Studio are available before 2007. Apple ProRes was introduced in 2007 for FCP 6 in Final Cut Studio 2, and the later versions (FCP 7, FCP X) also support Apple ProRes. That's why the ProRes .mov files do not display correctly on Final Cut Pro 5.
FCP X users may also download Apple ProRes before converting mts to prores.
Solution 2. Convert AVCHD videos to AIC for Final Cut Pro 5.
Some users may insist editing mts in FCP 5, and this is the right section for Final Cut Pro 5 and AVCHD MTS files.
While Apple ProRes was introduced as the successor of the Apple Intermediate Codec for video editing, and AIC is the second option for the video editing. Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac provides Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) output in iMovie/Final Cut Express group. It also works for Final Cut Pro 5, Final Cut Pro 4.
For users who might do not have AIC codec installed on Mac, just download Apple Intermediate Codec before conversion.
If your source files are .mxf from P2 card or Canon XF series, the above solutions would also help you. And you can use TransMXF for Mac to convert MXF for Final Cut Pro 5.