Sony’s HDR-AX2000E AVCHD PAL Camcorder makes for an impressive prosumer-level AVCHD camcorder. While less sophisticated than the HXR-NX5UE (its NXCAM pro counterpart), it marks a clear improvement from its HDV predecessor, the HDR-FX1000E. The camera’s ability to capture HD and SD video in AVCHD and MPEG-2 formats along with the ability to save to solid state media is only one of the traits distinguishing it from its tape-based forebearer. Full 1920 x 1080 HD video, which can be recorded at 50i and 25p, is another. The footage can be saved to either a Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD/SDHC card, then easily downloaded to computer for editing via USB 2.0 interface. But so many users are facing some frustrating result when importing Sony HDR-AX2000E footage into FCP X. The basic reason is that AVCHD MTS is not a fully supported format by Final Cut Pro.
To make it easier for editing Sony HDR-AX2000E AVCHD videos on FCP X, you’d better to transcode Sony AVCHD to Apple ProRes first, as it is the best codec for Final Cut Pro editing. Below is the simple step-by-step guide for Sony camcorder users: using UFUSoft Sony AVCHD Converter for Mac to convert Sony HDR-AX2000E MTS to ProRes 422 for FCP on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks. Download it and get the full guide below to have a smooth editing with the HDR-AX2000E footage in Final Cut Pro X.
Full Guide: Encode AVCHD MTS footage from Sony HDR-AX2000E to ProRes 422
Step 1: Transfer AVCHD .mts files to Hard drive
Connect your Sony HDR-AX2000E Camcorder to iMac with USB 2.0 cable or use card reader to transfer the AVCHD.mts files to Apple hard drive disk.
Step 2: Add MTS files to this top AVCHD MTS to ProRes Converter
Launch UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac, and click the “Add Files” button to load .mts videos for converting.
Step 3: Choose Apple ProRes 422 codec for Final Cut Pro X
Tap on “Format”> Final Cut Pro, Apple PreRes 422(HQ), Apple PreRes 422, Apple ProRes 422(LT), etc are all the proper choice for you. Note: If you are a FCP 6 or former version user, you only can choose ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 HQ as the output format.
Tip: You can click “settings” button to adjust the output video’s parameters, such as resolution, bitrate, etc. 1920*1080 video size and 30fps(25 fps for original 50i files) video frame rate is recommended.
Step 4: Convert Sony HDR-AX2000E MTS to ProRes 422 MOV for FCP X
Click the “Convert” button and the Mac AVCHD MTS Video converter would start transcoding Sony HDR-AX2000E AVCHD MTS videos to Apple ProRes 422 MOV on Mac OS X immediately.
After conversion, tap “Open” icon in the main interface to locate result video. Launch FCP X, and go to “File > Import > Files…” to import converted MTS footages to FCP project with easy editing.