Converting 50fps 5.1 Audio AVCHD to ProRes 5.1 Audio at 25fps

Ever met any trouble while working with your AVCHD files? I’m having a bit of a problem finding a way to convert MTS files to ProRes from my Panasonic camcorders to edit in FCP 7. At the moment, I have been using two applications to convert the AVCHD files, Toast and ClipWrap but neither of these applications seems to do what I need them to do for some projects (some projects do not require the 5.1 audio).

50p 5.1 audio AVCHD to ProRes in 5.1 25p conversion issues in detail:

The AVCHD files are 50fps (camera fixed) with 5.1 audio and the particular projects I am working on are 25fps and I would like access to all the 5.1 channels for audio mixing down to stereo but I need one of the 5.1 channels in particular. If I use ClipWrap, I get 5.1 audio but the 50fps is converted to 25fps by slowing the video down by 50%. If I use Toast, I get proper 25fps video (by eliminating every other frame) but the audio is two channel stereo. I can actually see the options for multichannel audio but they are greyed out.

Can anybody please tell me how I can get what I need, please? Either 25fps video at 100% speed using ClipWrap or 5.1 audio using Toast or recommend another application which does this. Seek for the tech support from Apple forum, some guys offered possible workaround to me.

Solution: How to convert 50p 5.1 MTS to ProRes with 5.1 audio at 25p

A. You might consider looking at more current, up to date editing software that’s more compatible with the current camera you are using. FCP 7 is 5 years old…discontinued 3.5 years ago.  So you might want to look at FCX, or at Adobe Premiere Pro.  Both will import that footage NATIVELY…no converting needed. And should give you access to the audio tracks you want.

Test Result: That may seem like an option but I have been using FCP for almost 15 years. I like the workflow and although I would never claim to be anything even close to an expert, I know my way around sufficiently to do what I need to do.

I have tried FCP X – I didn’t just open it up and look at it, I did an eight hour training course in two parts with hands on tutorial. I found the whole process extremely painful and counterintuitive.

B. If you stick with your FCP 7, and wanna convert 5.1 audio AVCHD keeping 25fps and 5.1 audio, Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac seems to be workable for you. It can generate Apple ProRes .mov outputs for you with the audio, frame rate you want indeed.

Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter Overview:

Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac is specially developed for AVCHD camera/camcorder users to tanscode AVCHD MTS/MTS footage to native codecs -Apple Intermediate Codec, ProRes, DNxHD and more – ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer or Adobe Premiere and more. What’s more, with the Mac tool, you can convert convert MTS/M2TS to QuickTime, MKV, AVI, MP4, MOV, M4V, WMV, TS, F4V, etc. with desired codec, duration, aspect ratio, and file size.

Test Result: I download and install the best MTS to ProRes Converter. It help me transcode 5.1 audio AVCHD to ProRes .mov keeping 25fps and 5.1 audio easily. When I import the Apple ProRes files to Final Cut Pro 7, a fast and smooth workflow bring to me. It really helps me solve the problem in a simple way.

So, anyone who are facing the similar trouble as me, just can get some clues from this article. Good luck.

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