The Canon VIXIA HF R500 HD camcorder with 57x Advanced Zoom enables you to discover a world of new shooting possibilities. The camcorder’s Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer will keep your video sharp and steady. Capture truly impressive, amazingly realistic 1920*1080 full HD video with the Canon 3.28 megapixel full HD CMOS image sensor and DIGIC DV 4 image processor.
“I’ve recorded some video files using a Canon R500 camcorder that I borrowed from one of my friends. I copied the footage to my hard drive and returned the camcorder to my friend. Now I intend to edit the R500 AVCHD in FCP 7, but I can not seem to get FCP 7 to recognize them for import. So I have a question, how do I import Canon R500 AVCHD to FCP 7? I heard from someone that I need to transcode R500 videos to Apple ProRes 422, so that FCP X will accept them without any trouble. Unfortunately, I don’t have any experience on video transcoding. Can anyone kindly tell me which converter software should I use to do so? And advice would be highly appreciated.”
Some main files formats recommended for Final Cut Pro:
Video Formats: Apple Animation codec, Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes(all versions), AVC-intra, AVCHD (including AVCCAM, AVCHD Lite, and NXCAM), DV (including DVCAM, DVCPRO, and DVCPRO50), DVCPRO HD, H.264, HDV, iFrame, Motion JPEG(OpenDML only), MPEG IMX(D-10), REDCODE RAW (R3D), Uncompressed 10-bit 4:2:2, Uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2, XAVC, XDCAM HD/EX/HD422, QuickTime formats.
Audio Formats: AAC, AIFF, BWF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV
Container Format: 3GP, AVI, MP4, MXF, QuickTime
Still-image Formats: BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, RAW, TGA, TIFF
Generally, we can use Log and Transfer or Log and Capture to import Canon R500 AVCHD to FCP 7 for editing, but don’t expect it to result in top quality. From Apple official website or the information we mentioned above, you will know that FCP best supported video codec is Apple ProRes codec, which is native codec for Final Cut Pro editing on Mac. So we could depend on Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (review) to rewrap AVCHD MTS to ProRes with fast conversion speed and high quality preserved. The one used here can meet your demands with its simple interface but rich functions.
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How to import Canon R500 AVCHD to FCP 7 for editing?
Step 1: Download and have a quick installation. The trial version will have a watermark on your converted files. Except for that, there are no time limitation, no virus, and no unnecessary bundle apps while downloading. After that, click “Add Video” button to load your AVCHD videos. You can load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button.
Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes codec”, including ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want. Here, we suggest you to choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the best output format.
Tips: Apple ProRes 422 and Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) have higher qualities. Apple ProRes 422 (LT) and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) have smaller sizes. You can choose according to your requirement.
Step 3: Do some simple edit work.
De-interlace: By default the program will apply de-interlacing facility to some clips that are interlaced. Just click “Edit” to enter the video editor, switch to “Effect” tab, and check the “Deinterlacing” box.
Trim: Basically, video hosting sites restrict video clips to be in certain file size and length. For example, YouTube stated that “videos can be up to 2GB in size and 10 minutes long”. You can trim the video to desired length with this video tool. Simply click “Edit” menu>>“Trim” tab and set start and end time point.
Merge: To join multiple videos together, just select them in file list, and tick off the checkbox “Merge into one file” on the main interface.
Step 4: Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.
Step 5: When everything is done, you can take a preview by hitting “Play” button. If you are satisfied with the final result, you can click “Convert” button to finish the conversion work.
Conclusion: When the conversion is done, you can click “Open” to get your generated files. Now, you can transfer Canon R500 AVCHD to FCP 7 without any hassles.