8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 17, 2012 8:37 AM by Tom Wolsky
sampan Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

the latest iMovie can import MTS file format but will convert it into QuickTime movie.

Final Cut Pro can't even convert MTS file format, it just didn't recognize.

how can I import MTS into Final Cut Pro?

 

i could import the files in iMovie and then import already converted QuickTime movie

file formates in Final Cut Pro X. Are there any better ways to do so? Thanks.


Final Cut Pro X, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: how to import .MTS file format in Final Cut Pro X
    abg0201 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
  • 2. Re: how to import .MTS file format in Final Cut Pro X
    petvas Level 2 Level 2 (275 points)

    You can import direct from the camera, or use an app like VoltaicHD to convert the mts files to quicktime.

    1080p50 files cannot be imported to any Apple program. This is a format used by most new Panasonic cameras.

  • 3. Re: how to import .MTS file format in Final Cut Pro X
    ctzsnooze Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    1080p50 and 1080p60 can be imported to FCPX and edited in FCPX at 50 or 60fps.  They can also play back in QuickTime. 

     

    The issue is with MTS files; the MTS file is a container, like QuickTime is a container.  Neither FCPX nor QuickTime support ANY file in an MTS container.

     

    If the files in an MTS container are rewrapped, then they can be imported as files into FCPX.  There may be problems however with some rewrapped MTS files at 50p or 60p importing their video track.  These need to be converted to ProRes before being imported, and once converted to ProRes there is no problem at all.

     

    If the files in an MTS container are put into a valid AVCHD folder structure, eg with RevolverHD, then they can usually be imported using the import from Camera > from Camera Archive approach.  Again however 50p or 60p files may import this way but only the audio will play; these will need to be converted to 50p or 60p ProRes to be imported. 

     

    Check the other threads on this....  :-)

  • 4. Re: how to import .MTS file format in Final Cut Pro X
    sampan Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    thanks for all the feedback.

     

    i have to admit i'm a firs-time user of FCPX. No experience with FCP 7.

    FCPX can't just import MTS files that have been copied to the hard drive.

    this's what i tried before that is not successful.

     

    if i want to import MTS files, I need to retain AVCHD file structure in memory card and then

    use camera import to import the files.

     

    i can import the files only or transcode the files into ProRes formats.

     

    This bring me another question.

    Without being transcoded, the files are in QuickTime movie formats, much small file sizes.

    With transcoded ProRes versions, the files are so huge.

     

    Just wonder if imported version is good enough for editing purposes. Will that slow down

    in rendering when I do editing.

  • 5. Re: how to import .MTS file format in Final Cut Pro X
    Christer H Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    So after all these discussions. I have just bought an Imac I7 3,4 Ghz / 8Gb ram. Is it possible to import AVCHD files from an SD-card (on an individual mts basis) or must I keep the file structure? If so what would happen with my old mts-files from my old GH1, where this structure is not kept?

     

    I need to be sure before buyng Final Cut Pro x.

     

    And one more thing, I saw in some reports some time ago that AVCHD editing was sluggish and slow. Is this still the case?

     

    Christer H

  • 6. Re: how to import .MTS file format in Final Cut Pro X
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,175 points)

    must I keep the file structure

    You must kep the folder and file structure, but you can import clips on a clip by clip or even on a partial clip basis.

     

     

    If so what would happen with my old mts-files from my old GH1, where this structure is not kept?

     

    You would need third party softwre like ClipWrap or Media Conveter.

     

    I saw in some reports some time ago that AVCHD editing was sluggish and slow.

     

    Where did you see these? Your computer is fast enough, though more RAM would be better.

  • 7. Re: how to import .MTS file format in Final Cut Pro X
    Christer H Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Tom for your informative reply. Sorry, but I cannot find where I saw this thing about slow response when using AVCHD. I have not yet bought the software, but I will probably do so.

  • 8. Re: how to import .MTS file format in Final Cut Pro X
    Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (106,175 points)

    Get the trial version to start.