Canon HF G20 Convert Files to Mac FCP/Avid/iMovie/FCE Editing Tips in Mac(Yosemite)

This article teaches you how to easily convert and import Canon Vixia HF G20 MTS footage into Final Cut Pro (X), iMovie and FCE for further editing on Mac (OS X 10.10 Yosemite included).

The HF G20 features a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens with an 8-Blade iris for more professional-looking video and stills. It has a 30.4 - 304mm (35mm equivalent) focal length. The camcorder is also equipped with a Canon HD CMOS Pro image sensor that supports improved low-light performance and a wide dynamic range. This Canon 32GB VIXIA HF G20 Full HD Camcorder shoots 1920 x 1080 Full HD video at 60i, in native 24p and 30p. It’s wonderful for us to use this excellent camera to record beautiful landscapes and record exciting moments.

Most of us would like to make some editing with MTS footage from Canon HF G20, but problems came up. While I importing Canon G20 1080p AVCHD to Avid Media Composer and FCP , there are many video, audio issues. The basic reason why we can’t successfully ingest those recorded AVCHD footages on 1080 60P/50P format to Final Cut Pro is limited by the FCP itself. Currently 1080/60p or 1080/50p footage is a very non-standard format and it’s unsupported in FCP 6/7 even the latest FCP X.

So we need to use a 3rd party transfer to convert the Canon HF G20.mts files into .mov and ProRes for Avid MC and FCP. Brorsoft Mac AVCHD to Mac Converter is the one I choose. Fast convert AVCHD .mts from Canon HF G20 to DNxHD .mov files, which will fast import into Media Composer. As for video quality, at least I cannot distinguish any loss by naked eyes. And this top AVCHD to Avid MC Converter for Mac can also help you convert AVCHD recordings to AIC, MPEG-2, MOV(AVC) for iMovie, FCE, FCP, Adobe Premiere, etc. It works as a best Canon AVCHD Converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9), Yosemite(10.10) . Plus, it can also help you to convert MTS/M2TS to MP4, MOV, FLV, AVI etc. videos for different uses.

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Converting Canon HF G20 MTS to Mac FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid MC compatible video

1. First, connect Canon G20 to Mac via usb cable, firewire, or a/v cable, turn on the camcorder and copy video files from Vixia HF G20 to Mac hard disk.

2. Launch Brorsoft Sony MTS Converter Mac and click add button to import 1080p MTS clips to the program for converting.

3. Click “format” bar to choose the output format. You can freely choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) for FCP, or iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) for working with iMovie/FCE.

To import Canon HF G20 footage in Avid MC, choose Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov).

Tip: Click the Settings button; you can recommended to set the video size to 1920*1080, bit rate to high quality, and the frame rate to 30fps (25fps for original 50p videos), which can output the best quality videos.

5. Hit the Convert button to start the conversion; it will convert Canon AVCHD to iMovie/FCE/FCP/Avid friendly format on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, you can transfer the converted Canon Vixia HF G20 videos to Mac for further editing with FCP, FCE, iMovie smoothly.

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