How Can I Edit 3D MTS from Sony HDR-TD20V in FCP X?

Summary: Read this article if you are interested in editing Sony TD20V 3D MTS videos with FCP X, it offers a possible solution for 3D AVCHD to FCP.

Sony announces 3D Handycam. The flagship model HDR-TD20V is Sony's second attempt at making a 3D Handycam after TD-10.

Model Highlights
3D to a higher degree: A dual lens and dual sensor system that makes it possible to record Double Full HD 3D video, which makes for a vastly richer, more engaging and immersive 3D experience.

Say Goodbye to 3D Glasses: The camera sports 3.5-inch Xtra Fine LCD 3D touch screen that enables users to view 3D footage sans glasses.

Choose Your Own Dimension: With 2D playback from 3D recordings, everything that’s captured in 3D can be watched in 2D. Feel free to share your 3D videos with friends and family who don’t yet own a 3D-compatible TV or PC.

Make the switch: a dedicated switch to easily switch between 3D and 2D. This allows you to record everything in 3D and then choose whether to playback in 3D or 2D.

With the 2D playback mode, it is pretty convenient to watch your 3D content even on a regular 2D TV or PC. However, we may find that the 3D AVCHD footage is not a Mac compatible format to playback and edit with.

“I had bought the Sony Camcorder HDR-TD20V and I want to make movies on 3D. How can I edit those files from HDR-TD20V and export in 3D? And also, if possible, edit text in 3D on FCP X.”

Editing the 3D footage was both complex and difficult for most consumers (not everyone has a quad-core and high end cards) and more so, there was no Mac support and many cameras were returned or unsold. Since Apple hasn't included 3D media files into natively supported video formats within FCP X, it is still essential for us to convert the AVCHD format to a more tractable format.

Which tool would be your first choice to transcode Sony TD20V 3D AVCHD footages to acceptable format? Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (review) comes to help you out.

Transcode Sony TD20V 3D AVCHD .mts to Apple ProRes 422 videos for FCP X
1.Copy your 3D MTS videos from Sony TD20V camcorder to computer hard drive.
2.Free download Sony 3D MTS Converter on Mac, install and launch it.


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How to edit Sony HDR-TD20V 3D MTS in FCP X?

Step 1: Drag and drop source 3D MTS videos to the main interface. Or click “Add Video” button to import videos.

Step 2: Set up output format for Sony 3D AVCHD to Final Cut Pro X. From format list, choose “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” for output.

Tips: If you want to output 3D video, you can also chooce “MOV Side-by-Side 3D Video/MOV Anaglyph 3D Video/MOV Top-Bottom 3D Video (*.mov)” format from “3D Video” option. Also, this 3D MOV format fits for iMovie/FCE and Premiere Pro.

Step 3: This program offers some editing functions. You can tick “Merge into one file” under the preview window. And click “Edit” button, you can make changes to the video effects as you wish. In the editing window, you can trim your favorite part from the video, crop the frame size, adjust the visual effects, or add watermarks or subtitles. If you want to change the video parameters, go back to the main interface and click “Settings” button, you can select the video encoder, resolution, audio channel and more. This function is something worth trying. You can get the work done splendidly.

Step 4: Press the “Convert” button to start Sony 3D AVCHD MTS to Apple ProRes conversion.

Conclusion: Once finished, click “Open” to get converted MOV videos. Then you could transfer them to FCP X. Go to “File>>Import>>Files…” to import converted Sony TD20V 3D AVCHD footages to FCP X project.


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