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Sony Alpha SLT or DSLR compatibility issue with FCP/iMovie-Encoding Sony Alpha DSLR/SLT AVCHD before Ingesting to FCP 7/X or iMovie Mac

Why Choose an α SLT or DSLR Camera?
Sony redefines the DSLR with award-winning Translucent Mirror Technology in its SLT (Single-Lens Translucent) camera design. It has a translucent mirror fixed in position to reduce blackout time between shots, while its innovative design also enables SLT cameras to be smaller, lighter and faster than conventional DSLR cameras.

Or select the regular DSLR camera design, with a reflex mirror that flips up and down to capture an image. You'll find creativity in all your shots with Sony's a (pronounced alpha) interchangeable lenses and accessories.
Sony Alpha DSLR cameras impresses people with many amazing features, including the Quick AF Live View, lightening-fast BIONZ image processing engine, and Anti-shake Correction, etc. Among them, the most attractive feature is the capability of recording at Full HD 1080p AVCHD. Unlike regular DSLRs, the a SLT camera offers fast, accurate and continuous focus on moving subjects using Phase-Detection AF, to easily create professional-looking movies. A benefit of Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology, this allows tracking of subjects on the move without delay and greater clarity, in Full HD.

But when we are trying to import/transfer Sony Alpha DSLR/SLT AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS into FCP/iMovie, we may find that the two professional editing softwares can not successfully support the AVCHD 1080p files with the compatibility problem. So in this article, I show you the

Following is the detailed guide about how to convert/transcode Sony Alpha DSLR/SLT AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS to FCP & iMovie. Please take through it.

Step 1: Connect your Sony Alpha DSLR to your Apple with USB2.0. Install and run the superb Sony Alpha DSLR/SLT AVCHD converter you have found. And load the files to it.
If necessary, you can import several files to the converter one by one to combine them as one file using "Merge into one" functional button.

Step 2: Click on the “Format” and get the dropdown menu. For the FCP users, please move you pointer to “Final Cut Pro”. Under the sub list are there a few formats which are all compatible with FCP X. Here we recommend the Apple PreRes 422(HQ) if you give the priority to the quality of the converted videos. Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you need.
For the iMovie users, please move you pointer to iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov), which is specially developed for editing in iMovie.
If the FCP users want the files to be in smaller size, please follow Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422(LT)(*mov)/Apple ProRes 422(*mov) option. If the size of files is at SD levels, you are advised to choose Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422(Proxy)(*mov), which is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings as well.

Step 3: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 before encoding Sony Alpha DSLR AVCHD Video to Apple ProRes/AIC MOV.
You’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality for editing in FCP & iMovie. If you want to have a smaller file size but keep the good quality, you can change the video size to 1440*1080;
If you shot 1080 60i video, before start conversion, you need to deinterlace the 1080i footage first following Edit >> Effect >> Deinterlacing.

Step 4: Click the “Convert” button; it will convert/transcode Sony Alpha DSLR AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS to FCP/iMovie on Mac immediately. You can check the converting process in the “Conversion” interface.

After the Sony Alpha DSLR(SLT) AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS to FCP/iMovie conversion, you will be able to get the output files for FCP/iMovie via clicking on “Open/Import” button effortlessly. Now you can easily import the converted Sony Alpha DSLR AVCHD to FCP/iMovie with 30fps for editing with high quality without any trouble.

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