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Converting video files from AVCHD files to Final Cut Pro –

Converting MTS files (AVCHD) for use with Final Cut Pro.

What to watch out for:

We recently shot a video for one of our artists on a Panasonic Lumix —- and a Sony HD camera but came up with different problems for
each camera dealing with the conversion of the MTS files for editing on Final Cut Pro.

We hadn’t really anticipated problems trying to use these cameras for professional use and have since invested in a Sony HVR camera which
handles file use easily but if you are needing to convert files using either of these camcorders then be glad you googled the problem and
found this article before buying one of the file conversion programmes available online.

First with the Lumix camera, the quality of the files were amazing but it was a bit impractical to use without a decent tripod. For that
reason we decided to continue the shoot using a dedicated camcorder. However we still wanted to convert the files as some of the takes
were usable.

We downloaded the MTS convertor for after googling ‘best mts convertors’.

The trial version worked well on the Lumix files, and even though we had to convert twice, once on the MTS convertor and again on Final
Cut, the conversion worked well, of course it contained the watermark on the demo version.

We noticed that the files on the Lumix were in a folder called AVCHD. We did a further check online and found a programme by a company
called They actually made a programme dedicated to converting MTS files with the AVCHD protocol direct to Final Cut’s
linear quicktime format so that seemed like a good option. However after a search for reviews of the programme the company had a
terrible reputation with posts from lots of purchasers of the product so we decided not to buy it.

We then decided to film on a Sony camcorder, it also used MTS files and the AVCHD protocol but our assumption the it would convert in the
same way as the Lumix was mistaken.

After filming the video for the song, we were confident enough to purchase the convertor and converted all the files.

When I inserted the first file into Final Cut I was to find out that the Sony files were not converting well. The audio being out of sync
with the film. I had by this time converted all the files without checking as i had expected it to work as it had on the demo using the
Lumix ones.'s AVCHD convertore programme

I then checked the support section of the iorsoft website and was alerted to a particular AVCHD converter product that worked with Final Cut friendly files. It was stated on the site that the product could be swapped if it didn’t work on the files – so although I had wasted a considerable period of time converting at least I could get on with the job and actually complete the video which was a relief.

Despite a few misunderstandings on my part and a couple of communication problems, I was very happy with the support I received from Crystal at the support team. She went to a lot of trouble to get me the right programme and swappedand refunded me for the programme that didn’t work for the Sony camera.

I highly recommend using for file conversion programmes.

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