Import M2TS Files to FCP 6/7/X for Further Editing

Have some interesting M2TS footages in your HD camcorder and got some creative ideas to make your own stunning Hollywood style movie? You might have thought of Final Cut Studio. Yes, it is an ideal app to edit videos. This is a tutorial which tells you how to import M2TS to FCP 6/7/X for further editing on Mac OS X like Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard.


M2TS is Sony high definition video file type, which is raw AVCHD video recorded by AVCHD camcorders. It’s easy to access lots of M2TS videos from a capture device, for example the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro, or a Panasonic, Canon, Sony full HD AVCHD camcorder. However, we usually saw FCP users encounter importing issues when attempting to convert M2TS to FCP 6/7/X for further editing. Such related issues also happen in YouTube, VLC media player, or Smart TV etc.

Let’s look at the following situation. “I import M2TS to FCP X for editing. I thought this could be possible as the FCP X web site indicates native editing support for AVCHD. But disappointedly this is not the case. I can’t load M2TS to FCP X.” There is another case. “I have FCP 7.0.1 and I am currently editing a very large project. My log and transfer will not recognize these M2TS videos. How do I import M2TS to FCP 7.0.1?”

Actually, M2TS files are widely used now, but it seems Final Cut Pro (including the recent FCP X) does not like the way. The file type is a compressed output format, but not ideal for editing in NLE system. Even if your Final Cut Pro can ingest your M2TS videos, it would be slow. To solve M2TS to FCP problems, the quick workaround is to convert M2TS to FCP native supported formats (Apple ProRes are highly recommended.) Along with some help from third-party software Pavtube MTS/M2TS to FCP Converter for Mac, it can be done effortlessly. The utility applied here is the professional tool which can be used as a top M2TS to FCP converter.

Easy Steps on Importing M2TS to FCP 6/7/X for Further Editing:

Step 1: You can directly drag and drop the M2TS files to the software, or click “Add” or “Add from Folder” to locate the .m2ts files into the program. Batch conversion is supported.


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.


Step 3: Press the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for editing M2TS in FCP easily.


Step 4: Click the “Convert” button at the bottom right corner to start converting M2TS to FCP 6/7/X. Once the conversion completes, you are free to import M2TS to FCP for further editing!

Conclusion: This smart M2TS to FCP Converter for Mac can automatically switch off the computer when the conversion is done, so you don’t need to wait around during the M2TS to FCP conversion. It does the video conversion like a charm and the output files will maximally preserve the quality of your original M2TS clips. Now you can import the generated M2TS to FCP 6/7/X to create your own masterpiece.

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