Full Guide: Transcode Canon C100 4:2:0 AVCHD footage at a lossless and get it into Final Cut Pro X( FCP 6/7)

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Canon C100 1080i files imported to edit with Final Cut Pro 7/X-Transcode/Encode Canon EOS C100 4:2:0 AVCHD recordings to FCP 7/X Mac



Q: I just bought a new Canon EOS C100 camcorder because I read that it would be compatible with my Mac and FCP. However, I cannot get FCP to recognize the video on the device. When I connect my camcorder via USB cord, my Mac recognizes the drive, but I just can’t get FCP to recognize any video files or anything.


A: Canon EOS C100 does not surpport 720p recordings. It only captures 1920 x 1080 or 1440 x 1080 file at 60i. By default, the output video file is 1080 60i .mts. The codec of Canon EOS C100 is AVCHD(MPEG-4 AVC/H.264), FCP’s native codec is ProRes instead of AVCHD. So you’d better install a AVCHD Converter for working for yor FCP 7/X


You can choose to use Brorsoft Canon C100 AVCHD to FCP 7/X Converter, which can easily and quickly transcode AVCHD to the best format ProRes for copying to FCP X. If you free download it to have a try with the below easy steps, you will find it works find and save your rendering time.


Step 1: Download and Install the Canon EOS C100 MTS converter for mac , then add the recordings to the program.

You can imput a number of files to the programs, and if necessary, you can use the function “Merge into one”
If the supposed size of the input files is 1GB, then the memory space should be up to 40GB.


Step 2: Choose the best compatible output format–Apple ProRes for FCP 7/X(refer to the image as above).


Step 3: Adjust audio and video parameters in Profile Settings. You can change the default codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.

1. 3D conversion. The Red-Blue/Red-Green 3D conversions are supported.
2. Crop: Edit –> Crop and you can get the imported videos cropped as you want.




3. Deinterlace Canon C100 1080i AVCHD mts files to Final Cut Pro 7/X: Click Edit and select “deinterlacing” in the Effect.


Step 4: Click the arrow button on the main interface to start converting Canon EOS C100 AVCHD to FCP 7/X ProRes.


Auto shutdown: Click Option and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion” before conversion starts.


In the end, you just need to click the “Open” button on the main interface of Canon EOS C100 1080i AVCHD Converter to find your converted file . Then you can edit Canon EOS C100 recordings in FCP 7/X easily and effortlessly.


Some Off Topic:


Canon C100 or C300: Which One to Get?

For many, the release of the Canon C100 has prompted one question: Which one do I get? Or, in other words, is the C300 really worth $9,500 more than the C100?

These cameras have the same sensor and very similar bodies, and Canon even includes C-Log on both, but there are a lot of differences. Perhaps the most notable:


1.C300 records internally 4:2:2 MPEG-2, while the C100 records 4:2:0 AVCHD
2.60p recording (at 720p) is available on the C300 but not the C100
3.C300 has HD-SDI & Genlock, C100 just has HDMI
4.C100 is smaller


Although slightly smaller than the C300 the C100 doesn’t feel much different in use, partly because it uses the exact same side handle.

Some people are using the C100 as a B camera.

While some are trying to choose between the two, others are buying the C100 as a B camera to their C300.


Paul Joy is shooting with the C300 and C100, and he supplied us with a couple of sample frames. The wider shot was recorded with the C300 fitted with a Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens at f/2.8, while the close-up was recorded on the C100 at f/2.8 with a Canon 70-200 f2.8 L.


Both frames were recorded internally, and Joy says that the “C100 is definitely not as clean as the C300.” He adds that the bokeh probably helps reduce noise in the background of the close-up image, and that he’s “seen more noise when shooting wider shots.” He thinks the codec is the problem and is planning to get a Ninja to use with the C100.


If you’re using both cameras together, you should check out Joy’s site where he’s also posted some picture files he created to more closely match the image from the C100 with the C300.


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