Edit Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD in FCP X/Premiere Pro

Came upon issues while importing or editing AVCHD MTS clips from a Canon VIXIA HF M500 on Mac Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro 6/7/X? No worry, this post will give a remedy for your problem. It elaborates an easiest way to convert Canon HF M500 AVCHD video to MOV format, so that you can edit them on your Mac computer smoothly.

Like other cameras in Canon’s VIXIA product line, the Canon VIXIA HF M500 is able to record video files in both AVCHD format and easy-share MP4 format. For editing, the MP4 is easy to handle, while the AVCHD footage sometimes causes problems one or another, like crashing issues, incompatibility issues and more. To be ale to import and edit Canon HF M500 AVCHD footage on Mac NLEs like Premiere Pro and FCP 6/7/X more smoothly, the best way is transcoding the AVCHD MTS clips to an intermediated format that is friendly with your editing program. For example, you’d better convert Canon VIXIA HF M500 MTS clips to H.264.MOV for editing in Premiere Pro (CS4, CS5, CS6, CC), and encode Canon M500 AVCHD footage to Apple ProRes for working with Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6). This requires third party program like Acrok HD Video Converter for Mac.

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How to convert Canon HF M500 MTS clips to MOV for editing on Mac?

The steps:

Step 1: Open up Acrok HD Video Converter for Mac as a Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.

Import Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD files into FCP X on Mac

Step 2: Select output format for your editing program

To convert Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD to H.264 for Premiere Pro, from ‘Format’ list, choose ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Editing Software’ column.

To transcode Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD to ProRes for FCP, you need to select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is workable in FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7.

Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (optional)

If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Begin Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD MTS to MOV Conversion on Mac

When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open’ icon to get the generated AIC MOV files or ProRes MOV files for editing in Premiere Pro or FCP 7/6/X with optimum performance.



If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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