AVCHD MTS/M2TS is a file-based format for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video, which uses the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 standard, supporting a variety of standard, high definition, and stereoscopic (3D) video resolutions. For audio compression, supports both Dolby AC-3 (Dolby Digital) and uncompressed linear PCM audio. AVCHD is produced by HD camcorder like Panasonic HDC-TM900, HDC-HS900, AG-AC130, AG-HMC150, HDC-SD10, Sony HX20V, Sony CX550, Sony NEX-VG20, Sony NEX-FS100, Canon HF200, Canon HF M500, HF G10, HF M300, Hitachi DZ-BD10HA, JVC GZ-HM8XX, GZ-HD620, GZ-HM1, GZ-HM30, etc are not the preferred formats by Final Cut Pro 6/7 and Final Cut Pro X. Even you will have problem for transferring and logging these MTS, M2TS videos.
Apple ProRes 422 is a standard-definition and high-definition lossy video compression format developed by Apple Inc. for use in post production. It was introduced in 2007 with Final Cut Studio 2 and is comparable to Avid's DNxHD codec which has the same purpose and uses similar bit rates. Both are DCT basedintra-frame-only codecs, and are therefore simpler to decode than distribution oriented formats like H.264. FCP 6/7, FCP X is Mac based editing software which supports transcoding Panasonic, Sony, Canon, JVC, Hitachi AVCHD MTS/M2TS to Apple ProRes for further editing.
So the program you need is a great Mac AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422 Converter. With it, you can convert all HD camcorder 1080 60p/50p, 1080i AVCHD (*.mts, *.m2ts), 720p AVCHD lite files to Apple ProRes 422 for editing with Final Cut Pro 6/7, Final Cut Pro X on Mac.
Below is the step-by-step guide for you to quickly convert Sony/Panasonic/JVC/Canon AVCHD to Apple ProRes Codec (*.mov) for editing in Final Cut Pro.
Step 1. Download MTS/M2TS files to Apple computer.
Connect your Sony/Panasonic/JVC/Canon/Hitachi AVCHD camcorder to Apple computer via USB cable, find the .mts, *.m2ts files from the camera folder like PRIVATE > AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM. Then copy and transfer the .mts, *.m2ts files from camera to the Apple hard drive disk.
Step 2. Import MTS/M2TS files to UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac.
Step 3. Choose Final Cut Pro - Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) or HD MOV output format.
Click the "Format" option and navigate the mouse cursor to Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) or HD Video > HD MOV Video(*.mov)as output format. The Mac MTS/M2TS to FCP Converter will convert AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422 MOV with high quality.
Step 4. Convert AVCHD MTS/M2TS video to Apple ProRes (*.MOV) for Final Cut Pro
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac MTS/M2TS to FCP Converter will start the conversion from Sony/Panasonic/JVC/Canon/Hitachi AVCHD to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut.