Tricks for editing Sony A6000 MTS in Final Cut Pro X

I have video recorded with my Sony A6000 in AVCHD format. I want to edit it in Final Cut Pro X. But I’m unable to, as FCP doesn’t seem to be compatible with AVCHD files. I’m trying my best to find out a way to import the MTS files from Sony A6000 to Final Cut Pro perfectly. So I have scoured the internet, tried everything I could find, and now have a decent solution.

In the first try, as some users suggested, import Sony A6000 footage from the camera. With a USB cable connected and the camera on, through Final Cut. With the camera on and plugged into Mac, go to File> import. Do not import directly from the SD card. This is the only way to use Sony files with final Cut Pro.

I tried the way, but it still didn’t work. The MTS files are greyed out.

Another possible way is to convert Sony A6000 footage from AVCHD to ProRes .mov for editing in FCP. In this try, what we need to care is how to do that with minimal quality loss. So a professional MTS to FCP Converter is the key. Tried 5+ MTS converter apps, I decide on Brorsoft’s MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.

Overall, the program is the best Mac AVCHD MTS converter. With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony A6000 MTS to ProRes MOV, which will create a FCP X, FCP 7 friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides FCP, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 Premiere Element/Premiere Pro, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie/Final Cut Express and more NLE systems for native editing. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Convert/Import Sony A6000 video clips to Final Cut Pro X

Step 1: Add MTS video files

Install and launch the MTS video converter and load source clips to it no matter from camera or SD card.

Step 2: Choose output format

Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.

Tip: You can click Settings to adjust video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p).

Step 3: Start MTS to FCP conversion

Click “Convert” button to start converting Sony A6000 MTS video to ProRes for importing to Final Cut Pro.

After the conversion, click “Open” to locate the result videos and then launch Final Cut Pro, choose File > Import > Files…, to import the converted Sony A6000 footage into FCP with smooth workflow.

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Editing Nikon D810/D750/D600/D7100 MOV in Premiere Pro

Nikon’s Digital SLR Camera is the favored in its lineup. Do you have a DSLR camera from Nikon like D810, D750, D600, D7100? Obviously, with these cameras, you can take photos and record Full HD videos when travelling. But the problem is, when users import Nikon MOV into Adobe Premiere Pro, most of them found that Premiere handled with the MOV files so slowly, and it’s hard to edit Nikon videos in Premiere Pro smoothly.

Nikon, in their infinite wisdom, decided H.264 .mov is the standard for DSLR video. Whereas, the H.264 compression method is ideal for video recording, it’s not ideal for editing. To work Nikon H.264 videos in Premiere Pro perfectly, a good option is to convert Nikon D810/D750/D600/D7100 MOV to MPEG-2 before importing to Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4. If you’re getting caught by the editing issues of Nikon MOV footage, just read on to get a definite solution.

First download and install Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. Why choose this video converter for Mac users? Basically, it does a good job in converting H.264 .mov files to MPEG-2 formats for Adobe Premiere editing in sync and without lossing quality. Does it convert MOV to .mpg fast? Based on our testing, it’s much faster than some other tools like Handbrake. If you are Windows users, please get the equivalent Windows version Brorsoft Video Converter. Download and you can follow the steps below.

Step 1: Load Nikon footage to the software

Install and launch Nikon Video Converter for Mac, and then click “Add” button to browse to Nikon MOV footage either from cam HDD or SD card or drag the footage from your camera to the program.

Step 2: Select output format

Choose output format. This video converter offers optimized format preset for Adobe Premiere. Just click “Format” menu firstly and then follow “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” to set MPG format.

Step 3: Adjust video, audio settings

Click “Settings” button, then you will be able to adjust audio and video parameters on the popup window to customize the output file quality, these adjustable parameters include codec name, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel. To maintain original HD quality, you may set “original” in the fields of “Size”, “Bitrate” and “Frame rate”.

Step 4: Start converting Nikon MOV to MPEG-2

Finally hit the Convert button; it will convert Nikon D810/D750/D600/D7100 .mov to MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro on Mac immediately.

When the conversion process shows in 100% with the top Nikon MOV Converter, you can get the resulted videos from output folder easily for easier editing in Premier Pro CC/CS6/CS5.

Additional Tips:
If you want to smoothly edit Nikon MOV footage in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6, you just need to choose the “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format; For iMovie, select “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” in the second step; For Avid Media Composer, choose “Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)” as output. This video converter can meet all of your needs.

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Handbrake can’t passthrough 7.1 TrueHD- Solution

Recently I noticed a problem about Handbrake can’t pass-through 7.1 TrueHD. In this article, my aim is to share guys an alternative way to convert Blu-ray or TrueHD 7.1 MKV files keeping the TrueHD audio track. First look at some typical issues below.

Q1: Handbrake doesn’t support TrueHD

“Was wondering if there were any free options available for converting my Blu-ray rips in a way that will keep the TrueHD and LPCM audio tracks to passthrough to my AVR? I’m using a Blu-ray ripper to rip and Handbrake to convert to MKV and that works great for DTS-HD and all other audio tracks but since Handbrake doesn’t support TrueHD and LPCM I was trying to figure out if there’s something else I can use for those?”

Q2: Handbrake not “auto-passthrough” a TrueHD

“Is there any simpler method to re-encoding a TrueHD 7.1 MKV file? I use MakeMKV to rip my Blu-ray collection and some of my BluRay’s have Dolby TrueHD 7.1. Handbrake will not “auto-passthrough” a TrueHD.”

As we know, the Dolby TrueHD technology can deliver unprecedented home theater experience, so there may be no one willing to loose the wonderful audio while backup a Blu-ray movie. Since Handbrake can’t support 7.1 TrueHD, here is an alternative solution for you. First download and install Brorsoft’s Bluy-ray Video Converter Ultimate, which is able to read TureHD audio and output 7.1 TrueHD passthrough.

It is an all-in-on Blu-ray ripper and video converter app. With it you can rip and convert Blu-ray to almost all the popular video format and convert between all kinds of video files. The most important is that, this software enables you to convert Bluy-ray(with Dolby TrueHD 7.1) to a common video with TrueHD 7.1 audio passthrough as you want. For those Blu-ray rips like TrueHD 7.1 MKV, it can also convert it and keep the TrueHD audio track.

P.S. If you are working on Mac OS X(Yosemite, Mavericks included), please turn to Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Instruction: How to rip Blu-ray or convert TrueHD 7.1 MKV keeping TrueHD 7.1 audio track

Step 1. Add Blu-ray or MKV movies

Launch the all-in-one Blu-ray video converter program. Click “disc” button to import Blu-ray movies. Or click Add button to load your TrueHD 7.1 MKV files.

Step 2. Choose output format keeping 7.1 audio

To keep TrueHD 7.1 audio, you can hit the Format bar and choose Common Video > WMV3(WMV9)(*.wmv) as the output format.

It provides the 7.1 audio channels for you, so you can get the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio saved.

Step 3: Start conversion

Click Convert button to start converting Blu-ray/Dolby TrueHD 7.1 MKV with TrueHD 7.1 pass-through for your home theater with wonderful enjoyment.

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How to Chromecast Netflix DVD from computer to TV

Have a Netflix DVD that I would like to watch but I don’t have a DVD player connected to my TV. Is there any way to stream these DVDs from my computer? I can’t really connect the TV directly to the computer because it is mounted high on the wall. I heard about it’s possible to use Chromecast to stream DVD from PC. So I have scoured the internet, tried everything I could find, and have a decent solution to chromecast DVD from computer to my TV. Share with you now.

Get some tech support, I got know it’s not like that you can directly cast movies played from the laptop’s DVD drive, what you can do is to rip DVD content to your hard drive in a common video format like MP4 on the laptop and use the Chromecast’s local playback workaround to stream the movie.

To rip DVD movies for Chromecast effortlessly, Brorsoft DVD Ripper is the bee’s knees, which can help you finish DVD conversion bypassing DVD copy protection. With it, you can convert DVD to almost all regular video formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, WMV, AVI, etc. and even extract MP3, WMA, FLAC, OGG, etc. audio from DVD movies. What’s more, it allows you to copy your DVD to hard drive with original structure or main movie only. If you’re using a Mac, please turn to DVD Ripper for Mac, which enables you to convert DVD for casting to Chromecast on Mac OS X (Yosemite).

Tutorial: Cast DVD movies to Chromecast from computer

Step 1. Insert movie disc into the DVD-ROM, on the software, click “load DVD” button. It doesn’t necessarily to be a DVD optical media, it can also be an ISO/IFO files to convert to playable digital file format.

Step 2. Click Format and set the output video format as .mp4 from Common Video.

Tips:
1. If you like to tweak a little, in the settings, you are allowed to change the frame rate, resolution, bitrate and other specifications of the videos, if the tech terms look taunting to you, proceed to the next step.

2. Before conversion, you may want to trim the unnecessary parts from the movie.

Step 3. Click Convert button to rip DVD to MP4 for Chromecast streaming.

Once the conversion finished, try to open a new tab in chrome and drag a converted mp4 movie to the address bar, and use Google cast to send the movie to Chromecast for enjoyment on your TV’s big screen.

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MPEG Streamclip alternative: Best MXF transcode app

On my new OSX 10.9.1, I tried to install MPEG Streamclip but having difficulties. I’m using Canon C300 as a primary camera at the production company I work at. When I tried to use MPEG Streamclip to convert MXF to MOV, it didn’t work. Wondering if there any freeware or paid apps that can transcode MXF files that are NOT in their original folder structure? These are native canon C300 files that have been taken off the card, out of the folders. Anyone have an MPEG Streamclip alternative or MXF transcode app to transcode mxf files, with no intact structure?

As MXF is not an optimal editing, playing format, there are many cases that we need to convert MXF to MOV, MP4, etc format for handling easily. While, frustratingly, we always found that MPEG Streamclip can’t help us transcode MXF files well. I’m eagerly need an alternative to MPEG Streamclip converting MXF videos. Searched high and low, some guys gave me a good recommendation: Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac, which ranks top on MXF Video Converter for Mac application list.

It’s a professional yet decent Mac MXF converter which can help you transcode MXF to MOV, MP4, M4V and more format with several simple steps. Just do some clicks on your mouse with your finger, you can easily convert .mxf files to .mov on Mac and then preview HD mxf video with QuickTime or import MXF video into FCP, iMovie, Avid Media Composer for editing on Mac. Besides, it allows you to do some premiere editing work on Mac before transcoding like cropping, trimming, adding watermark, etc. The Mac MXF transcode app must be your best choice when you need a Panasonic P2 MXF Converter, a Canon MXF Converter or a Sony XDCAM MXF Converter. You can do action with all .mxf files at anytime anywhere now! Just download it and follow below steps to convert MXF files to MOV on Mac now.

Transcode MXF files on Mac with the best MPEG Streamclip alternative

Step 1: Add .mxf videos

Click “add” button to import the P2 MXF or Canon MXF files.

Step 2: Choose MOV as output format

Click format to choose Common Video > MOV-QuickTime(*mov) profile in the drop-down menu. If you want to edit MXF file in FCP, suggest you choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(*mov). And for editing in iMovie/FCE, you can choose iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*mov). If you want to transcode MXF to MP4, M4V, FLV, MPEG, AVI, MKV, etc format, just choose one from “Common Video”.

Step 3: Start the MXF to MOV conversion on Mac

Click “convert” to start converting Panasonic/Canon MXF to MOV on Mac. After conversion, you can play or edit MXF clips in FCP/FCE/iMovie without problem.

Additional Tips:
1. Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.

2. Besides transcoding MXF to MOV, this Mac MXF Converter also support converting MXF file to various video formats like AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV and converting MXF to various devices like iPad, iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Apple TV 3, etc.

Above I list the best replacement for MPEG Streamclip for transcoding MXF videos on Mac OS X(Yosemite, Mavericks). Just get it to get your work done.

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Tips & Tricks to fix corrupted P2 MXF clips on Mac

I’ve talked about the how to fix corrupted C300 clips for editing on Mac OS X without hassle. Frustratingly, recently I got .mxf videos and audio files from my Panasonic P2 card damaged. It comes without a whole folder structure. When I import the P2 MXF to Final Cut Pro on Mac OS X, the Apple editing program can’t recognize the MXF source. Got some tech support online, I now figured out possible ways to fix corrupted P2 MXF on Mac. Now share with you. If you are also facing the trouble, you may get some clues.

Some guys give their suggestion- repair P2 MXF with P2 Log Pro. I have tried the way, but NO luck. I also tried doing the transfer through a P2 card reader and as direct file transfer into my Mac Hard Drive in case it was just a camera transfer glitch. No luck there. So, is there a program that just will allow me to open and edit the P2 MXF files on Mac without hassle?

Fortunately, the answer is positive. Well, if for whatever reason your P2 card structure doesn’t come across intact, what can you do? As you know, Final Cut Pro and other NLE system need a correct card structure to read and ingest MXF footage. In this case, transcoding P2 MXF files for Mac editing with FCP, iMovie, Avid Media Composer or other NLE systems in a 3rd party app is a feasible workaround.

Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac is a good choice. It will allow you to grab the (P2) .MXF files and transcode them into ProRes 422, DNxHD, Apple InterMediate Codec .mov, etc, ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, iMovie, FCE and more editing programs. You can batch transcode as many of them as you like and it works pretty quickly. (By the way, if you got some corrupted Canon C300 MXF or from other Canon XF, this MXF Converter app can also be your best support.)

Main interface:

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Editors’ Note: To avoid broke your P2 card structure, you should learn how to copy P2 MXF to Mac correctly. Essentially you must copy the entire card structure (preferably not through dragging and dropping in the finder).

Mount P2 card with P2 camcorder:(like Panasonic AG-HVX200)
1. Connect the camcorder to computer via FireWire cable.
2. Turn on camcorder and choose Camera mode, and then the Menu button.
3. Choose Other Functions menu and highlight the PC Mode setting. Set PC Mode Setting to 1394DEVICE.
4. Press the mode button to switch from Camera mode to MCR/VCR mode, and then hold the button for several seconds so that the PC/Dub mode light is on.
5. P2 card in the camcorder will appear as mounted disk on the desktop in the Finder.
Note: You may skip step 3 if you have already set PC Mode setting to 1394DEVICE

Mount P2 card with P2 card reader:
If you have P2 card reader, P2 card driver, P2 Store for content management, just connect P2 card reader/driver to Mac, insert P2 card to one of the slots in the reader/driver. Then the P2 card will be shown as mounted disk named NO NAME.

To transfer P2 files to Mac, you can copy the whole card into a folder on Mac after the P2 card is mounted on Mac. Make sure the CONTENTS folder and the LAST CLIP.txt are copied. If the direct Finder copy does not work for you, or you get files glitched/ruined footage, you may use P2 content management software (P2CMS) to copy P2 files to Mac.

Hope this guide on fixing damaged P2 MXF files on Mac OS X can be useful to you.

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Editing GoPro Hero4 Black 4K with iMovie in Yosemite

GoPro HERO4 Black takes Emm Award-winning GoPro performance to a whole new level. Incredible high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K50 video and high frame rate 1080p120 video enable stunning, immersive footage of you and your world. Owning a new GoPro Hero4 Black, good experience, but something turns to frustrating when I tried to import GoPro Hero4 4K to iMovie for further editing.

I have scoured the internet, tried everything I could find about GoPro Hero4 to iMovie workflow. Some guys mentioned the new iMovie that came with Yosemite, can now handle 4k video – including stabilization, exporting to 4k files, cropping down to 1080, and other simple edits like Ken Burns, etc. I’ve upgraded to iMovie 10.0.6 in Yosemite, but NO luck. It seems that iMovie still can’t process 4K videos from GoPro Hero4 well.

To solve the problem, the quick workaround is to transcode GoPro Hero4 4K to iMovie natively supported formats in 1080p. Along with some help from a 4K video converter, it can be done effortlessly. Here I share a simple guide on how to convert Hero4 4K .MP4 to AIC .mov for editing in iMovie smoothly. If you’re facing the issues, read on to find the answer.

Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the utility I applied in this workflow. Overall, the program is the best Mac Video Converter for GoPro Hero4 footage, which will create an iMovie friendly file format- Apple InterMeidate Codec .mov keeping the original quality in OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion and more. Besides iMovie, this software can also export professional encoders like DNxHD for Avid, ProRes for Final Cut Pro, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro and more. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Convert GoPro Hero4 Black 4K MP4 files to iMovie on Yosemite

Step 1: Add Gopro 4K files > Install and launch the best GoPro to iMovie Converter and load source 4K MP4 clips to it.

Step 2: Choose output format > Hit the “Format” bar and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format on the drop-down menu.

Tip – Profile Settings:
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. if you don’t stick with 4K video, you can downsize 4k to 1080p for easier editing on your computer.

Step 3: Start GoPro 4K to iMovie conversion > Click the arrow button to start converting GoPro Hero4 4K to AIC MOV for iMovie.

Once the process is completed, click “Open” button to find the generated videos. Then you can transfer the converted GoPro Hero4 4K MP4 to iMovie for editing easily and quickly.

Editor’s Note: For GoPro Hero4 Black owners who stick with 4K video, there are some tips. After some further digging, here is what I found about 4K exporting with iMovie 10.0.6 in Yosemite.

To set the resolution of the shared movie: Choose an option from the Resolution pop-up menu. Unavailable resolutions appear dimmed.

Tip: You can export a 4K clip in its native resolution by selecting a 4K clip in the browser.

To set the output quality of the shared movie: Choose an option from the Quality pop-up menu. To manually set the output quality of the shared movie, choose Custom from the Quality pop-up menu, and drag the slider to set the target bit rate. As you drag the slider, the estimated file size that appears below the preview thumbnail is updated.

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