"I often appear cynical and geeky. But, deep inside, I'm a romantic guy. Or so thinks my girlfriend as, for her birthday, I surprised her Friday night with a 3-day week-end in Venice. I recorded some short videos via my Sony NEX FS700. This camcorder recorded the happy time when we were in Venice. I'm a new user. And I have a problem now, I can't import the FS700 MTS video into FCP X on Mac, please help."
The Sony NEX FS700 is a camera that despite its very awkward ergonomics/impractical design and underpowered codec, is a pretty unique, incredibly powerful camera. It has a superb image, fantastic low light sensitivity, SDI output, amazing super slow motion features PLUS of course that mysterious feature of being announced as "4K ready".
The FS700 2K and 4K configuration requires outputting the raw signal through a BNC connector that is prone to physical stress and damage under the rigors of typical production mayhem. The NEX-FS700U now features an upgrade that enables full 2K RAW up to 240fps or 4K RAW up to 60fps recording to Sony's AXS-R5 RAW recorder. Another key feature is the addition of the rather lovely S-Log 2 gamma curve. Something that would be possible to use internally with the AVCHD, although it's perhaps not the best codec to work with when using a profile that needs a lot of colour work to come alive.
Sony FS700 Video Format
HD: HD MPEG-4 AVCHD format compatible +1080/60p original format)
SD: MPEG-2 PS (Same as DVD)
The 1080 50/60p AVCHD/MTS isn't supported by Final Cut Pro well. For importing Sony FS700 footage into FCP on Mac without any problem, you need to transcode Sony FS700 AVCHD/MTS video to ProRes codec video via Sony FS700 Video Converter. So the first problem you have to solve is how to convert Sony FS700 AVCHD to ProRes 422 or ProRes 4444, the codec which is specially designed for editing with FCP X, FCP 7 and FCP 6. Here we recommend you the Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac.
Sony FS700 to FCP Converter Features
- Convert Sony FS700 1080P/2K/4K video to ProRes MOV for FCP X/FCP 7/FCP6
- Transcode Sony FS700 footage to MOV/AVI/MPG/MP4/M4V on Mac easily
- Trim, Crop Sony FS700 AVCHD/MTS video on Mac
- Convert Sony FS700 video to 3D video
- Convert MTS/MOV/MP4/TOD/MOD to any video format
What are you waiting for? Hurry to download the Sony FS700 Video Converter trial version. If you are Windows user, and want to edit Sony FS700 recordings via Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker, Pinnacle Studio. Acrok Video Converter Ultimate can convert the FS700 video for your editing software on Windows.
How to convert Sony FS700 AVCHD to ProRes for FCP X importing?
Import Sony FS700 Videos
Download and intsall Acrok software in your computer. Lauch the program after successfully installing. Add the FS700 videos that you want to edit in FCP X. Batch conversion is supported, so you can add as many videos as possible.
Select ProRes MOV as the Output Format
Since Final Cut Pro supported video format is ProRes MOV, so to import Sony FS700 AVCHD/MTS video into FCP X, you need to choose ProRes MOV as the output format. Here's how: Click on "Format" and select "Final Cut Pro > ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as the output format.
Tip : If you want to change the output format parameters, simply click the Settings button. In the pop-up window, you can customize the video resolution, frame rate, bit rate, encoder and more. For trining the Sony FS700 video on Mac, you can click "Edit" icon to do the job.
When all is OK, click the "Convert" button to convert Sony FS700 video to FCP X supported MOV. When the conversion finishes, you can click "Open" button to locate the ProRes MOV video files. And then you can simply import the video into FCP X for editing. That's all. Thanks for reading this guide-Sony FS700 Final Cut Pro X workflow.