Sony HDR-CX190 to FCP, edit HDR-CX190 AVCHD in FCP

Sony HDR-CX190 has a downscaled 1.5-Megapixel sensor that produces 2-Megapixel Full HD images (1920 x 1080). This is common in the world of budget camcorders. The resulting sharpness is rather mediocre, especially given that the CMOS surface is only 1/5.8″ (3.1 mm), which leaves precious little space for treating light. And the sensitivity in dark lighting is also very mediocre. Yet somehow when you watch your videos on an HD TV screen the result isn’t catastrophic, not in the least, giving better-quality images than you’d get with a pocket camcorder or sports camera such as the GoPro Hero 2 or ContourGPS.

The CX190 films in AVCHD 50i (interlaced). Which is a HD format. Recently, i find some people have the demand to transcode CX-190 AVCHD to Apple ProRes, so as to edit  HDR-CX190 AVCHD video in FCP. Then how to import Sony HDR-CX190  files to FCP ?  The first thing you need to know is AVCHD can not be natively supported by FCP, but the ProRes can. You have to transcodr Sony HDR-CX190 video to Apple ProRes 422 or 444. It’s really easy to realize, there are kinds of converters in the market to help us doing it. But, you should know, FCP Apple ProRes is different from other  files. It’s a container format, which means it can contain different audio video codec. By trying a variety of converters, i find the one that called HD Video Converter for Mac is an easy and fast assistant. Because it has a special Apple ProRes 422 output.

How easy is it? According to my own experience, just 3 clicks, you will finish the conversion. The following i will give you short guide about how to convert Sony AVCHD to Apple ProRes. First of all, please download and install the program on your computer, then follow the guide to make it:

Step 1. Load the Sony HDR-CX190 to FCP Converter. Import  Sony HDR-CX190 AVCHD video files into FCP Apple ProRes Converter.

Step 2. Choose “Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)” as output, you can easily find it in “Final Cut Pro” cagegory. Refer to the image:

Step 3. Start the Sony AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422 conversion by pressing on the big “Convert” button.

Tips: If you wish, you can click “Settings” to customize the video quality, you are allowed to adjust video resolution, framerate, bitrate, sample rate, channel etc, so as to get your wanted video quality.

As you see, it’s indeed simple. Except output ProRes format, you can also convert mts to anyother video formats, or convert mts to your tablet, smartphone. There are special presets for them, as far as i know, include Kindle fire HD, Apple iPad, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Note, Transformer Pad, Nook HD, Acer Iconia Tab and more. Worth a try.

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