Solve “FCP X won’t import Sony A6500 AVCHD files” issue

Convert Sony A6500 AVCHD to ProRes MOV format, so you can edit them in Final Cut Pro 7, FCP X on Mac OS X.(macOS Sierra included)

The a6500 is now the company’s top-end APS-C camera, sitting above the a6300. It makes use of the same copper-wired 24MP sensor with 425 on-sensor PDAF points but gains a faster (LSI) processor to allow high speed operation. Sony also promises improved processing at high ISO settings, thanks to this new LSI.


Well, AVCHD is a professional non-linear editing software application and offers non-linear, non-destructive editing of any Quick Time formats including DV, HDV, MPEG-4, MOV, etc. FCP X does not support all camcorders AVCHD files.

The article is a step by step guide, showing you how to convert Sony A6500 AVCHD to Final Cut Pro X friendly format on Mac (macOS Sierra, El Capitan Yosemite, Mavericks, Lion included). And in order to keep the excellent quality of the files, it employs a professional Brorsoft AVCHD to FCP X Converter for Mac (Windows version) to be the assistant. Moreover, this powerful program has preset for Final Cut Pro, so that you can easily choose the FCP format – Apple ProRes MOV.

( Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Guide: Convert and Import Sony A6500 AVCHD files to Final Cut Pro X on Mac

Step 1: Install the free trail version of MTS Converter on your Mac and load your .mts/.m2ts files to it.

Step 2: Click on the Format box and select the FCP friendly format in dropdown-list. You are advised to choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”or “Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)” format. Due to the difference in the compresstion standard of AVCHD and ProRes 422, the converted files are significantly larger than the original ones. If you prefer smaller file size, please choose “Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)” instead. The “Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov)” format offers file size at SD levels and is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings.

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

Step 4: Click the button for “Convert” and start deinterlacing/converting Sony A6500 AVCHD footages to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro Ximmediately.

Step 5: Click File –> Import –> Files and then you can transfer/edit your shootings in FCP X without any problem.