Are you planning to get one camcorder to both shoot AVCHD Progressive videos amd MP4 videos? If so I believe Sony Handycam HDR-CX380/B with only $449.99 is your best choice. It can easily capture
1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p/60i MTS video, 720p MP4 footage and 8.9MP photos with Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor. You can choose to record AVCHD format, which can be enjoyed on large
screen HDTVs and is ideal for capturing precious memories at special occasions, family vacations and other moments you want to treasure for a lifetime. MP4 is great for uploading to YouTube for
However, if you have some MTS video from CX380/B and try to imput to Final Cut Pro, you are likely to get some incompatible errors. Do you know the reason? In fact, AVCHD is a great format for playing but not a comfortable format for editing with Mac softwares(Almost Mac softwares are designed to support MOV format). And as far as I know 1080 60p AVCHD Progressive ia a nonstandard format, we'd better upgrade FCP to FCP X 10.0.4 or above to natively edit it without anytrouble on Mac OS X.
To bring Sony CX380/B MTS clips into FCP (x) for further editing without error again, we advice you to reformat AVCHD to a compatible format, like ProRes, before importing and editing. If you have known ProRes MOV is the best suitable format, I believe you will decide to convert AVCHD to ProRes. Then choosing atop conver software for your HD video will be an important thing. I have been using the professional Mac MTS Converter to encode AVCHD .mts footage to ProRes 422 .mov with the best befitting settings. Below is the simple guide on fastly completing the transformation.
Step 1. Launch the software and click Add File icon to load your 1080p MTS file(s) to it.
Step 2. Click on the pull down menu of “Format” and select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 as the output format.
Note: The five types of ProRes codecs are
compatible for FCP 7/x, you can choose the best comfortable one according to your requirement. But ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 (HQ) codecs are incompatible for FCP 5/6.
Step 3. Press the “Settings” icon to freely set video resolution, frame rate, bitrate, etc freely. Since you got 1080 60p AVCHD file, you need to change the frame rate to 30fps for easy editing in FCP X.
Tip: If you want batch convert MTS files, please check the “Merge into one” box before starting the conversion.
Step 4. Click "Convert" button to transcode AVCHD to ProRes.
When the conversion is over, you can click "open" to get the converted video. Then you can easily get it to FCP 6/7/x for eaisly editing.
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