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Old Feb 25, 2010, 08:44 PM
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Default How to Import MTS or M2TS Files from AVCHD Camcorders to Final Cut Express?

How to Import MTS or M2TS Files from AVCHD Camcorders to Final Cut Express?

If you have an AVCHD camcorder like Canon HF S11/HF 21, Panasonic AVCHD, or Sony HDR SR 12E AVCHD camcorders, you might suffered from trying to import MTS files extension into Final Cut Express. Generally, it seems the problem occurred without reason or couldn’t be explained in a proper method. How come we couldn’t import MTS/M2TS directly into FCE while Apple states that Final Cut Express can accept AVCHD videos?


[b]About AVCHD files[/b]

As we know, AVCHD utilizes MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression codec and Dolby AC-3 audio compression codec. Users usually transfer AVCHD recordings to Computer by connecting their camcorders via an USB cable. Actually many camcorders today record to removable media such as SDHC, Memory Stick cards and DVD discs which can be read on Computer directly. Therefore, it is much faster to add files from those camcorders having removable media than from those tape-based camcorders limiting their transfer speed by the real time playback.

[b]The special relationship between AVCHD and FCE[/b]

AVCHD is only supported on Intel-based Macs, while FCE 4 now supports for the latest camcorders and allows mixing of standard and high-definition content on a single timeline, including the ability to import iMoves ’08 projects and the access to lots of complicated FxPlug cinematic effects and filters.

[b]The possible situation we may encounter when connected camcorders to FCE.[/b]

After connecting our camcorder and choosing our camcorder in the Finder window, we expect that the MTS/M2TS can be imported into FCE. However, an error message that says AVCHD includes unsupported media or has an invalid directory structure, and please selects a folder whose directory structure matched supported media pops up.

The reason is that your system has not installed some necessary codecs needed to recognize MTS/M2TS for FCE.

The easiest and fastest way to import MTS/M2TS to Final Cut Express (FCE)—a professional program, Like Moyea Video Converter for Mac or [b]Moyea MTS/M2TS Converter[/b].

After free download this Mac Video Converter here, install and run it. Then you can add the MTS or M2TS files into this tool. And you can select output format compatible with FCE from the drop-down list "Format" and set the destination folder from the "Browse".

In addition, [b]Moyea Video Converter for Mac[/b] offers the function to tune the video resolution, bit rate, frame rate and so on, so that you can adjust the parameters to get the most desired result by clicking the "Settings" button.

Once all settings are finished, you can start conversion by clicking the "Convert" button.

All in all, just a few mouse clicks, we can achieve the whole process to convert MTS/M2TS/TS to DV/MPEG-4 and then import the converted videos into FCE with ease.

Hope it helps!