Sony’s HXR-NX5E NXCAM is their first professional AVCHD camcorder and is capable of recording stunning quality 1920 x 1080 images at 24 Mbps (50i or 25p), as well as supporting 720/50p and Standard Definition recording. The NX5E uses the AVCHD codec, which is an efficient long-GOP codec using the MPEG-4 H.264 compression algorithm (as used on Blu-ray HD DVDs and Sky HD broadcasts), albeit at a much higher maximum bit rate of 24 Mb/s (variable) with Linear PCM audio ensuring great images and sound.
Although AVCHD codec is compatible with Mac editing systems and can log and transfer to FCP, FCP, iMovie for editing, I still have difficulty in importing NX5E 1080/50i MTS files to FCP and make further process. And I knew that FCP actually can not edit raw AVCHD files, but transcode them to its own supported codec ProRes with no loss of quality, so if there is any program can help me convert my NX5E AVCHD files to ProRes for FCP?
After googling a Sony NX5E AVCHD to ProRes converter, I find Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac the preferred Sony HXR-NX5E to FCP ProRes converter on Mac OS X like Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard. It is a great choice to handle my family videos for FCP and then publish on web.
To help those who may face the same problem like me, or want to rewrap AVCHD to ProRre .mov on Mac for HD editing in Final Cut Pro, I here list a few steps with the fast prores video converter.
Step 1. Slap Sony HXR-NX5E Videos to Mac HDD and load to Aunsoft MTS Converter for Mac.
Connect camcorder to iMac/Macbook Pro, and then copy and slap AVCHD files from NX5E to Mac HDD for quick conversion. Then run Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac as the best Mac Sony AVCHD to FCP ProRes converter. Click the “Add” button to import AVCHD files from Apple computer hard drive disk.
Step 2. Choose ProRes 422 MOV format.
Click the “Format” option, and move the mouse cursor to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as output format. Click the “Settings” button and choose 1920*1080 as output video size. The Mac Sony NX5E MTS to ProRes 422 converter will transcode and rewrap AVCHD files to ProRes MOV in 1920*1080.
Tip: Deinterlace Sony HXR-NX5E 1080/50i MTS files.
If your files were recorded in AVCHD FX (24Mbps) 1920×1080/50i recording option, you will find lots of lines on your videos which don’t look clearly. So if want a filter to remove all these interlacing artifacts from videos, just click “Edit” to enter editing window, find the Effect tab, and then make sure the checkbox of “Deinterlacing” is ticked.
Step 3. Deinterlace/Convert NX5E 1080/50i MTS video to ProRes 422 MOV for Final Cut Pro.
Click the convert button under the preview window, the Mac Sony video to ProRes converter will start converting Sony 1080/50i AVCHD files to ProRes 422.mov for Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro 6, Final Cut Studio.