Canon HF R52 AVCHD MTS to FCP(X), FCE, iMovie Editing on Mac OS X

The Canon Vixia HF R52 is the best HD camcorder, offering high-end resolution and features. With its multiple resolution settings, you can adjust the film quality to match the platform on which you plan to share your video. All of its settings are accessible by the 3-inch touchscreen viewfinder, and after using the camera for a short period of time, you’ll easily understand where to find all the features you want.

However, the editing workflow for Canon HF R52 AVCHD footage on Mac is not as easy as we can expect. Beginners, even experienced filmmakers often have problems when ingesting Canon HF R52 MTS to FCP, iMovie and Final Cut Express for further editing. If you intend to import and edit Canon HF R52 AVCHD on Mac NLE apps smoothly, you’d better convert Canon Vixia HF R52 AVCHD to Final Cut Pro 6, Final Cut Pro 7, iMovie, or FCE editable file formats previously. For example, Apple ProRes 422 is the best codec for editing within Final Cut Pro 6/7 and FCP X, and AIC is the proper codec for working with both iMovie and Final Cut Express. In the contents below, we will demonstrate the details on how to convert Canon Vixia HF R52 AVCHD to iMovie, FCE and FCP (X) preferred media files by using UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac. In this article, we will run it as an AVCHD to iMovie transcoder, an AVCHD to FCP converter as well as an AVCHD to FCE Converter. The steps:

1. Download the free trial version of UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac. Install and launch it.

Download AVCHD Converter for Mac

2. Load source AVCHD files shot with Canon HF R52 into the program

Click “Add video” or “Add from folder” icon to load your source files directly from your camera, or from a card reader, or from the file folder that contains the source Canon Vixia HF R52 MTS videos stored on your computer’s hard disk drive.

AVCHD to FCP converter

Tips: This Mac Canon AVCHD MTS converter supports loading multiple mts files at a time, if you want to combine the loaded files into a single file, you can select all files and click Merge.

3. Select output format

Click “Format” menu to choose output format for your NLE systems. If you need to import Canon VIXIA HF R52 MTS clips into FCP (X), you should choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as target format from “Final Cut Pro” column.

Convert AVCHD to FCP X/7/6

If you intend to edit Canon HF R52 AVCHD files with iMovie or Final Cut express, you should choose “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” as output format from “iMovie and Final Cut Express” catalogue.

4. Start Canon Vixia HF R52 AVCHD Conversion

Press the big button “Convert” to start transcoding the loaded Canon Vixia HF R52 AVCHD MTS files to a workable format for using with your Mac NLE apps. When the conversion is done, click “Open” button to find the generated files with ease.

How to import the converted Canon HF R52 files into Final Cut Pro, iMovie and FCE?

1) Launch Final Cut Pro 7/FCP 6/FCP X, choose File > Import > Files, and browse to where you save the converted Canon Vixia HF R52 AVCHD clips to. Choose the videos that you’d like to add.

2) Start up iMovie, choose File > Import > Movies, and navigate to the source folder to import files.

3) Open up Final Cut Express, follow File > Import > Files to browse and load the files you need to edit.