How to Edit Sony HDR-PJ810 AVCHD footages in Final Cut Pro?

The Sony HDR-PJ810 uses the AVCHD compression format (up to 24Mbps) to record high definition video. The 60p mode records at an even higher 28Mbps using STD: MPEG2-PS compression. New MP4 compression for sharing video. If you have recorded some full hd videos with Sony PJ810, you may want to edit the videos before sharing with others. But, you may encounter problems when you want ot import Sony HDR-PJ810 AVCHD files to Final Cut Pro for editing. It takes long time to render, and you can’t edit the AVCHD footages smoothly in Final Cut Pro.

In order to edit Sony HDR-PJ810 AVCHD files in Final Cut Pro without crashing problem and avoid rendering, you’d better transcode the Sony AVCHD footages to FCP native format, say, Apple ProRes Codec. The following passage guides you how to convert Sony HDR-PJ810 footages to Apple ProRes 422 encoded MOV file for FCP. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time.

Required Software:

UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac – a top Sony AVCHD Converter for Mac users.

Download AVCHD Converter for Mac

The Mac Sony Video to FCP Converter is an easy to use yet professional AVCHD Converter on Mac OS X which can not only transcode Sony HDR-PJ810 AVCHD files to Apple ProRes codec videos for Mac editing, but also provide simple video editing functions for you. Besides, the program can also convert HD videos from HD camcorders or DVs (like JVC, Panasonic, Sony and Cannon) for editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere etc. Below is how.

If you have the same problem about editing Sony HDR-PJ810 videos in Final Cut Pro 6/7 or FCP X, check out the brief guide below.

Step 1. Import Sony HDR-PJ810 AVCHD videos to the top Mac Sony AVCHD Converter for FCP.

AVCHD to FCP converter

Step 2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.

Convert AVCHD to FCP X/7/6

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start transcoding Sony AVCHD files to Apple ProRes Codec for Final Cut Pro under Mac OS.

Some more helpful features of the app:

1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)

2. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.

After a shot conversion, you will be able to load/transfer Sony HDR-PJ810 AVCHD videos into Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pro 6 for editing without rendering.

Tips: Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP X user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.