Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Edit Sony HDV Files in FCP 7 for Uploading to Vimeo

Summary: Have a lot of Sony HDV files at hands? Before uploading them to Vimeo for sharing with others, do you want to polish Sony HDV files with the help of FCP 7? Move on to find out how to edit Sony HDV files in FCP 7.

HDV is a format for recording of high-definition video on DV cassette tape. The format was originally developed by JVC and supported by Sony, Canon, and Sharp. Conceived as an affordable high definition format for digital camcorders, HDV quickly caught on with many amateur and professional videographers due to its low cost, portability, and image quality acceptable for many professional productions. It is also possible to record M2TS file to any media that offers enough capacity, like a DVD, external HDD drive or a memory card.

As default editing software on Mac, FCP must be the first choice. It’s suitable for both amateur and professional videographers. On the other hand, problems have shown up: “Hi, all, I’m trying to import Sony HDV files to FCP 7 for editing. Unfortunately, FCP 7 seems not to recognize my Sony HDV files as import. I’ve visited Apple’s website, but couldn’t find a remedy for my issue. ”

From online technical datas, we know that FCP supported file formats are as follows:
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

It’s obviously that HDV is in the video formats that supported by FCP. However, we couldn’t get clear the container format of your original Sony HDV files. Only the container format and the video format are both supported by FCP can you edit files in FCP 7 smoothly.

Generally, we can use Log and Transfer or Log and Capture to import Sony HDV files 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. The one used here can meet your demands with its simple interface but rich functions.


How to edit Sony HDV files in FCP 7?

Step 1: Import Sony HDV files to Mac MTS Converter. Run it as the best Mac MTS Converter, and click the “Add video” button to load your original files. You may also directly drag and drop files to application UI for importing files.

Step 2: Click the “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.

Step 3: 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 4: When everything is ready, click “Convert” to start converting Sony HDV to ProRes. This Mac MTS/M2TS Converter supports batch conversion so you may load multiple files and convert them at one time.

Conclusion: Now, you can edit Sony HDV files in FCP 7 freely. After polishing, you can uploading them to Vimeo for sharing.

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