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    Hi everybody, I have a brand new Sony CX550 and currently a Macbook user. I have been using my Canon GL-1 with a firewire for years without any problems into Final Cut Pro. Now I upgraded to a HD format handycam without realizing it was not Mac compatible. Maybe a mistake, but the camera was worth it. Is there a way Final Cuts can see the Sony. It only seems to have a USB output, other than a A/V connector, which is for outputting to a TV. I also think Sony calls that their firewire. I would appreciate any feedback you all can give me....dave
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    You copy the files from the memory card (using the USB2 connection). Then import the AVCHD in FCP, http://documentation.apple.com/en/finalcutpro/professionalformatsandworkflows/index.ht...2%26tasks=true .
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    Normal AVCHD workflow for a Mac is as follows.

    iMovie*, FCE or recent versions of FCP have import options for AVCHD to 1920x1080 Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC). The same is done for HDV format. AIC is a digital intermedite with 4:2:0 color space and 8 bit luma but with intact frames (not GOPs). The conversion results in a "blow up" of ~9-12 GB/hr AVCHD files to around 60 GB/hr but with the benefit of faster response at the timeline. Apple does not support native HDV/AVCHD editing because of the hits to performance.

    Alternative B is conversion to ProRes 4:2:2 but that up interpolation to 10 bits and 4:2:2 has no quality benefit. It is for compatibility with other 4:2:2 source.

    Alternative C is full uncompressed editing on a Mac Pro tower with RAID support.


    * Avoid the trap of downscale to quarter size, half motion sample 960x540p 29.97 fps. Apple does this to increase response on low end Macs.
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