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How to Import MTS/M2TS Files to Final Cut Pro for Free on Mac

As MTS files can’t be recognized by Final Cut Pro, which was captured by the high definition camcorder. What should I do to solve this issue? This guide will teach you how to import HD camcorder videos to FCP for further editing on Mac OS X.

What is MTS file

MTS format is a common high-definition (HD) video format mainly applied in HD camcorder such as Sony, Canon, Panasonic and JVC. More specifically, it is a file extension of AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) video. After import to computer, it will show up M2TS.

MTS generally adopts H.264 video coding and AC-3 audio coding, and supports 1080i and 720p, with full HD standard 1920 x 1080/1440 x 1080 for resolution. However, some AVCHD files aren’t compatible with mac tools such as Compressor, iMovie and FCP etc. We need to convert MTS to MOV MP4 first, which are the Apple Quicktime common editable format.

How to Convert MTS/M2TS to MP4 for Final Cut Pro free

If your MTS video is not recognizable by Final Cut Pro, you will need a video converter tools to encode MTS to MOV or MP4.

Handbrake is a good choice. It’s an open source video transcoder. You can use it to convert your MTS files to MP4 format, and then import them to FCP for editing.


Convert MTS to QuickTime MOV on Mac

As Handbrake can’t output MOV format. So, if you want output MOV format, you need another program. Video Converter Ultimate is my recommendation. It provides one-stop service to convert MTS/M2TS to MOV without any quality loss, which is compatible with all versions of Mac OS X(Mountain Lion and Mavericks), iMovie, and Final Cut Pro etc. It can fix compatible issue and save your precious time.

This guide will show you how to convert MTS files to MOV on pc.

Step 1: Install and run the Video Converter Ultimate, import MTS files.

After launching the program, you’ll enter into the “Convert” interface by default. Then, you can go to “File” menu, and then choose “Load Media files…” option to import your MTS video files, or click the “+” button in the bottom-left corner to browse and add the files you want from the HD camcorder. However, the easiest way is to directly drag & drop the MTS files to the program.

Step 2: Select the output format

Click the double up-arrow at the bottom of this program’s pane to open its output format list. Here, available output formats are well catalogued as: Devices, Editing, HD & 3D, Web Sharing, Video and Audio. Click “Editing” category and select FCP while there are also has iMovie, iDVD and other editing software profile.

Step 3: Start Convert MTS to MOV

Click the “Convert” button on the bottom-right of program to start the MTS to MOV conversion. During conversion progress, you can easily control it by pause or cancel. When the conversion finish, you can import the converted MOV files to FCP for editing.

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