Hi, I have recently gotten both a Sony Camcorder and Final Cut ProX. I'm trying to get the .MTS files into ProX, and I'm having no luck. I've tried changing the .MTS to .MOV, and .MP4, and all the info says it should be able to open/import it, but nothing works. Am I doing something wrong? Is there a way to change the file type without a converter program, and if there isn't, is there a converter program that is free and does the job? I'll pay if I have to, but free is better.
Also, is there a way to have my camcorder go directly into Final Cut or my Mac, so I don't have to use my PC every time?
Sorry if this is in the wrong category...
I use MTS all the time in FCP X. I find it easier and faster to use ClipWrap (about $50) to convert the MTS files to MOV files. I then use the Import function of FCP X to bring the mov file into my FCP X event. I know that FCP X can import from camera, but I find it faster to convert as I described then use the file Import function. It's an extra $50, but there is general agreement among many that ClipWrap is reliable and produces a high quality file from the MTS. Another benefit is that, if you recorded longer than 10 to 12 minutes at a time, your camera will likely split the recording up into several files of 2GB or so. ClipWrap allows you to convert these files using a "Convert Multiple as Spanned" option in its menu. FCP X will then read the converted single file that has all the file segments "stiched" back together properly. FCP X Import from Camera will do the same thing, but in my experience seems to take more time. Note that the MTS file will be around 4 or 5 times smaller than the MOV file that ClipWrap converts it to, but that is the price of working with real high quality video. MTS was designed to allow the most storage on consumer camcorders with reasonable video quality on playback, but MOV, or an equivalent high quality format, is required for editors such as FCP X to be able to work with the footage at a pro level. Hope this helps.