How to Transfer/Import Sony XR500 MTS to ProRes for Final Cut on Mac?
Sony serves up the Handycam HDR-XR500 series, a pair of hard-disk-based AVCHD camcorders that integrate the dual firsts of built-in GPS and a new Exmor-R back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Though the GPS aspect isn’t quite ready for prime time–because of a variety of limitations, it’s more of a fun-to-have novelty than a reliable feature–the new sensor and G-series lens combination delivers great video quality.
You can use Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac to convert the MTS files from Sony HDR-XR500E to the highest quality codec at same frame rate and size as the raw footage, and then output Pro Res with Apple Compressor.The following guide will tell you how to do that.
Step 1. Import Sony XR500E videos to Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac
Connect Sony HDR-XR500E camcorder to Apple computer with USb cable, and transfer the .mts files from camcorder to Apple hard disk drive. Run Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac as the perfect Mac AVCHD camcorder converter, and click the “Add” button to load .mts files.
Step 2. Choose MOV format for Apple Compressor
Click the “Format” option, and choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC)(*.mov) as output format. The Sony HDR-XR500 to FCP converter will transcode 1080i MTS to MOV for FCP with H.264 video codec and most original settings as the raw footage, like fps, 1920×1080 resolution. To get the highest video quality, just click the “Settings” button and choose high quality for video bitrate.
Step 3. Convert Sony XR500 MTS to MOV for Compressor
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the conversion from Sony HDR-XR500VE MTS to MOV for Apple Compressor starts right away.
Step 4. Output ProRes for Final Cut
After the conversion is finished, import the high quality footage to Apple Compressor, and select ProRes encoding for all the footage at the same fps and size.
Then I can edit the footage and re-encode to tape, DVD and web. With the above steps, I can control the quality and time of the output even there are mixes of formats like SD and HD videos at different fps. Hope you enjoy workaround to Transfer/Convert AVCHD/MTS to Apple Compressor for ProRes and edit in Final Cut.