Sony FS700 is a great 4k-capable E-mount camcorder. It has attracted many people's eyes. The camera will initially offer 1080p video, switchable between 50Hz and 60Hz frame rates (including 60p,
50p, 60i and 24p). A later upgrade will enable 4k capture and Raw output from its built-in 3G-SDI connector. It is also able to capture slow-motion footage, shooting at up to 960 fps at reduced
resolution (240fps in Full HD). Plus, it offers built-in 2- and 4-stop ND filters (which can be combined), to allow lenses to be used at wide apertures in bright light.
However, there's no perfect thing. FS700 recorded video file (AVCHD/MTS/M2TS) is not FCP's native video format. It means that we have to use a third plugin or software to help us transcode and ingest FS700 footages to FCP. As far as I know, there are two ways to make the 4K camera HD clips editable on Mac. The first way is to use the Log and Transfer Plugin to encode AVCHD to a compatible format for editing in FCP. The second way is to use a Mac AVCHD Convert software to change AVCHD to ProRes for FCP.
I believe many people know the two ways and they all surpport to transcode 1080 60i, 24p footages. But you may don't know that L&G can't recognise 1080 60p files well, only FCP X 10.0.3 or above does it sometimes. To successfully edit FS700 recordings with Final Cut Pro 6/7/x, you'd better follow the second. Then I will share the detailed solution with you.
1) If you are FCP X users, please make sure you have installed the ProRes Codecs.
2) If you are FCP 6 or user, you should know the FCP 6 only has the two types of codecs: Apple ProRes 422 and ProRes 422(HQ).
3) Please free download and install the top AVCHD to ProRes Converter on your Mac OS X.
After the above tips are all ready, you can follow the below steps to converting AVCHD at once.
Step 1. Open the MTS Converter and load files from Sony FS700 to it.
Tip: If you want to join MTS videos into one file, please select "Merge into one" icon.
Step 2. Click "format" and find the "Final Cut Pro" menu. There are many video formats in the drop down menu, they are compatible MOV videos for FCP. You can choose one for FCP as you like. Then set the store path by clicking "browse".
1) You'd better choose "Apple ProRes 422(HQ)(*.mov) as the best output format, thus you can keep the original video quality.
2) To get a smaller file, please choose the ProRes 422(LT) codec.
Step 3. Before the fast conversion, you can click "Settings" to adjust the video/audio parameters, you also can choose the audio chnnels as 5.1 or stereo. You'd better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080.
Step 4. Start to change FS700 MTS for FCP on your Mac via clicking "Convert" button.
As soon as the AVCHD conversion is over, you will be able to put the converted video file to FCP for further editing without any trouble. Have a good tim!