Many Final Cut Pro (mainly FCP X and FCP 7) users found they could not import any AVCHD files into FCP anymore – only getting “no compatible file” message, below is what some folks said:

I use FCP 7 and my AVCHD file is shown as a package, not a folder. I tried to log and transfer the AVCHD file to FCP but it did not work. I think FCP does not find the files. I also tryed to click myself to the files by right clicking the file and then opening the package with “show package contents”. Once I clicked myself to the actual .mts file I tried to drag it into the log and transfer window in FCP. But this did not work – I’m using OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.


I could not import any avchd files anymore into fcp on my mac after I installed mountain lion.

As far as I know, to solve these problems, you’ve got to convert your AVCHD files first to ProRes 422 files and then import them into the Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X. It’s a bit workaround but it works. There are several apps for converting AVCHD files to ProRes mov for FCP on Mac Mountaion Lion. I’m currently using Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac which can be used as top AVCHD MTS/M2TS Converter on Mac OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8). It costs $35, but it’s clean and easy to use. I usually convert my files into apple prores 422 to work on fcp and the software was the best converter to do this. I tried several otheres but liked the pavtube the best.

The software works like most other Converters I’ve used. Drag and drop the AVCHD .mts or m2ts files into Pavtube, choose ProRes 422 as output profile, just follow: Format > Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), and then start the conversion. You can refer to a detailed guide here – converting AVCHD to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro.

Note: If you are also a FCP X user, before you try to do the conversion, don’t forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

Not an FCP user? Converter also supports other video formats like Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov), AVI, WMV etc, so you should be able to create files compatible with iMovie, Final Cut Express, Adobe Premieree and more similar video editing software.

Under Mac Mountain Lion, you can use the Log & Transfer function to smoothly bring encoded AVCHD footage into Final Cut Pro 7 or FCP X. I don’t think it could get much simpler (unless of course, Apple provides native support for AVCHD importing on Mac 10.8).

Canon EOS 7D has become one of the most popular APS-C EOS DSLRs among serious photographers and semi-professionals. With a host of features designed to enhance every facet of the photographic process, from still images to video, the EOS 7D represents an advanced class of camera.

You may have got this amazing DSLR, it’s great for take photos and recorded full HD 1080P videos. This article will share the best way to import Canon 7D MOV to Final Cut Pro X, and the way to burn 7D MOV to DVD. (more…)

Olympus E-p3 is a very excellent camera, which offers a dramatically upgraded video recording specification compared to previous PENs. Most notably, it adds Full HD recording in AVCHD format, compared to the 720p Motion-JPEG format of previous cameras. AVCHD is less friendly for sharing, or displaying and editing on a PC, but it does allow longer recording times as it’s not subject to the same 2GB file size limit as the Motion-JPEG format.

Video specification

The E-P3 offers a pretty impressive specification for movie recording. It’s not quite in the same league as the Panasonic GH2, but comes close to pretty well any other camera in this sector of the market. Possibly the biggest disappointment is the lack of any control over sound recording; there’s neither a volume control nor any kind of wind-cut filter (both of which you’ll find on several competing cameras). However there is the option to use an external microphone, but for this you’ll need to add the optional EMA-1 adapter that plugs into the accessory port (and so can’t be used at the same time as the EVF). (more…)

Pen EP3, the fifth iteration of Olympus PEN Micro Four Thirds line, which manages to mix up pretty much everything while keeping it in the original PEN’s retro-style body.

“Just shot some footage with the Olympus camera E-P3, I haven’t shot or edited HD before now, so need some help setting up the project, understanding about transcoding, exporting etc. This is also my first time shooting with a compact camera. The footage itself looks great. Problem is editing a sequence in FCP. I’ve read different things online regarding importing the AVCHD/AVI video directly into FCP. Do I need to transcode Olympus AVCHD/AVI files using ProRes or something else? And if so, how?” (more…)

Pentax K-5 is a hot DSLR which has a reasonable price, and high quality images and videos, many camera lovers choose this cameras instead of Nikon and canon. This article will focus on how to edit Pentax K-5 recorded AVI footages in Final Cut Pro on Mac Mountain Lion.


“Hey there, chaps! Is anyone out there using FCPX yet? I’ve been using it for a while, and I’m loving it. But I’ve noticed lately that FCPX seems to have a problem with the K-5 AVI files. If I go to bring in a whole batch of video files, it will pick some and say that they are unsupported, even though they are the same file type, same camera, same card and everything. The only difference and common link I can find is that these all seem to be the bigger files of the bunch, about 900mb and larger. I’ve talked to some other folks on other video forums, and no one seems to know of a reason why that might be. I thought I would ask here and see if anyone knows of a more Pentax specific reason as to why this is. Does the K-5 maybe write the files differently once they hit a certain size? There no specific limitation of FCP X that should be causing this, unless it’s some random bug (not out of the question).”


I use FCPX, yeah, it’s great. All the criticism from “pros” who got left in the dust aside, Apple figured out the perfect market! The HDSLR, home user, pro level market is going to be huge. Especially for the cheap price! I use it for my K-5 stuff, and my Super 8 work. I don’t need all the crap people are griping about! For me FCPX is PERFECT! You (more…)

Pentax has announced two upgrades to its premium DSLR, the K-5, in the form of the Pentax K-5 II and Pentax K-5 IIs.

On the face of it, the upgrade is fairly minor, with the cameras both featuring an APS-C format CMOS sensor with the same 16.3MP resolution, Prime II processing engine, 7 FPS maximum continuous shooting rate, 77-segment metering, sensor-shifting Shake Reduction system and 100 percent 0.92x magnification viewfinder as the Pentax K-5.
However, the AF system has been updated to a SAFOX X AF module, which has a sensitivity range of -3 EV to +18 EV. Pentax claims that this gives the new cameras better AF performance in low light, and improved subject tracking with moving subjects.

In a similar move to Nikon with the D800 and D800E, the big (only) difference between the Pentax K-5 II and Pentax K-5 IIs is that the K-5 IIs doesn’t have an anti-aliasing filter over the sensor. (more…)