How to Import Sony a7S/a7S II AVCHD to Final Cut Pro on Mac (macOS Sierra included)

The article outlines how to ingest Sony a7S/a7S II AVCHD files into Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X without audio/video problems while transcoding AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422.

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The a7S and the a7S II are fantastic cameras for video professionals and photographer alike. The a7S II was the second camera in the series. Both cameras are fantastic tools for video production and photography, but in terms of functionality the a7S II is much easier to grip and use, especially for photography.

Both Sony a7s and a7s ii can shoot with MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S videos, Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160. I prefer the 1080p avchd over the 4k xavc-s format . But can't import the a7s/a7s II AVCHD to FCP 7, Final Cut Pro X for editing? Being puzzled?

To edit Sony AVCHD videos with Final Cut Pro X/7/6, you'll need to convert AVCHD to a more editing-friendly format, such a Final Cut Pro's ProRes. Here is how to do it.

To transcode Sony a7S/a7S II AVCHD to FCP ProRes easily and quickly, Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac ( or MXF + AVCHD Converter for Mac), an easy-to-use yet professional AVCHD encoder and decoder is highly recommended. This program features high efficiency and seamless conversion. With it, you can effortlessly convert AVCHD MTS, M2TS video to ProRes encoded MOV files - ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6. In additon, the program can also help you transcode Sony a7S/a7S II AVCHD files to Apple Intermediate Codec, DNxHD, MPEG-2, AVI, WMV, FLV, etc. for smoothly editing or playback with iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere, etc. Below is the detailed guide on transcoding Sony AVCHD to ProRes for Final Cut Pro.

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How to convert Sony A7S AVCHD videos for Final Cut Pro on Mac(macOS Sierra)

Step 1: Install and run the Mac MTS to FCP Converter, you can click "Add Video" button (or "Add from folder") to load Sony a7S/a7S II AVCHD MTS source files.

Step 2: Click "format" bar and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as Final Cut Pro X compatible codec for editing H.265 footage in FCP X smoothly. ProRes 422(HQ), Pro Res 422(LT), Pro Res 444, Pro Res 422(Proxy) are all the proper choice.

Tip: Tap "settings" to customize the output parameters- adjust the video size, bitrate, frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel, etc to get a decent video for editing in Final Cut Pro.

Step 3: Click "Convert" button to start encoding Sony a7S/a7S II AVCHD to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X under Mac OS macOS Sierra.

Once the AVCHD to ProRes 422 conversion is done, you can transfer your Sony a7S/a7S II AVCHD footage into Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7 for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.

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