Final Cut Pro must be the first choice for video editing for Mac users. Both professional videographers and amateurs find it a helpful and amazing editing system, although most users also find it very picky about what video formats you can import—almost QuickTime only. A new hand may feel depressed when failing to import .mts recordings to FCP, while experienced users will convert (transcode) the video to a format FCP will accept and work with first.
M2T: HDV video files. High-definition video recording format used by many HD camcorders; commonly referred to as “HDV;” uses MPEG-2 compression to store HD video data on DV or MiniDV tapes; supports resolutions of 720p and 1080i.
How to log and transfer HDV M2T to FCP(Final Cut Pro)?
Step 1. Run Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac. Click “Add” button and browse to the HDV footages either from scratch disk or cam HDD for import to the M2T to FCP converter.
As soon as you click the “Editor” button, the following interface will show up, you can adjust the common effect parameters like Brightness, Contrast, and Saturation by dragging the slider bars. If there are stripes on your original HD videos, you can hit the checkbox “Deinterlacing” to fix it.
Step 2. Click on “Format” bar and follow “Final Cut Pro” template to set a FCP friendly format. For Full HD 1080p AVCHD files, you are advised to Follow “Final Cut Pro” template and “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” format. If you prefer smaller file size, choose “Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)” instead. The “Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)” format offers file size at SD levels and is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings. The “Apple ProRes 4444(*.mov)” creates videos in lossless quality at huge file size, and is not recommended for home video making.
Step 3. Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/ audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. E.g. Set video size to 1920*1080 when you feel like to keep 1080p as the source file features. Or set smaller bitrate to further cut down export file size. You may skip this step as well.
Step 4. Click “Browse” button to set a location on your HDD for the output video file. Make sure there are enough disk space for saving generated files.
Step 5. Click “Convert” to start transferring HDV M2T to Apple ProRes 422 codec. The conversion process may take long time due to huge file size but trust me– Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac is faster than most other video converter tools. After conversion just click the “Open” button to locate converted video files for importing to FCP. As Apple ProRes codecs are natively supported by FCP, the rendering time is saved as well.
Tip 1: AVCHD has a much higher compression ratio than Apple ProRes, so the ingested files are significantly larger than the original files. For example, a 2-minute native AVCHD file is about 200–300 MB. After transcoding to the Apple ProRes 422 codec, the file size can be as large as 2 GB.
Tip 2: Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac converts camcorder MTS/M2TS/ MOV/ MOD/TOD/MXF/M2T videos to Apple ProRes/DVCPRO/HDV/Avid DNxHD/Apple InterMediate codec . Deinterlace and reduce image noise to keep better quality.