Final Cut Express is a discontinued video editing software created by Apple Inc. It is the consumer version of Final Cut Pro and is designed for advanced editing of digital video
as well as high-definition video, which is used by many amateur and professional videographers. Final Cut Express is considered a step above iMovie in terms of capabilities, but a step underneath
Final Cut Pro and its suite of applications. As of June 21, 2011, FCE is discontinued, in favor of Final Cut Pro X. But many people are using FCE and they often meet some troubles about importing
and editing to FCE (4).
As you know, AVCHD is not a good editing foramt, especially in 1080 60p (50p for PAL) AVCHD. As far as I know, 1080 60p AVCHD can't be edited with almost video editors including FCE, Final Cut Pro, iMovie due to its very high quality and had great compression. Then how to make 1080 60p AVCHD compatible for FCE 4? We have to encode AVCHD to the best format AIC for FCE. Log and Transfer can't surpport to transcode 1080 60p AVCHD for importing to FCE. You have to use a top AVCHD Converter to help you convert 1080 60p AVCHD to FCE video format. I have successfully used the professional AVCHD to AIC Converter for FCE to encode AVCHD to AIC for putting to FCE 4 smoothly saving rendering time. Below is the easy guide on trasncoding 1080 60p AVCHD to Final Cut Express on Mac OS X. You can follow it to have a try and you will get the perfect quality of converted video.
1. Run the powerful MTS/M2TS Converter on Mac. Then add 1080p 60p MTS file or files to the program.
2. Click “format” and move your pointer to “iMovie and Final Cut Express” Category and choose “Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” format.
3. Freely set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate（from 1Mbps to 20Mbps）, frame rate (24p/25p/30p) by clicking “Settings”.
Trick: If your AVCHD file is 1080 50p, you'd better set the frame rate as 25p while 1080 60p for 30p.
4. Start converting 1080 60p AVCHD to AIC for FCE.
Now, you can smoothly get or put 1080 50p/60p MTS into FCE 4 for editing with best quality on Mac OS X.