How to import and edit Olympus E-PL3 AVCHD video in FCP X/7/6 on Mac?

“Hey all, I just bought a new Olympus E-PL3 compact system camera (also known as the Olympus PEN Lite). It saves the videos into its SD media card in AVCHD format. I encountered import issues when I attempted to edit them in Final Cut Pro. I saw someone said that AVCHD is a proprietary format that needs to be converted before editing/importing to FCP. I know there is software to do the actual converting, but what’s the best format to import into FCP?”

What’s the best suited editing format for FCP?

If you have a current Mac and are on FCP X or FCP 7 or 6, you can transcode Olympus E-PL3 AVCHD clips into ProRes codec. This works well for SD and HD files. There are many programs out there to do the converting. If your concern is ease of use and excellent image and sound quality, you can try out UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac (it works well as an Olympus AVCHD to FCP Converter).

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How to transcode Olympus E-PL3 AVCHD clips to ProRes for FCP?

Step 1. Installa and launch the UFUSoft HD Video Converter as the best Olympus AVCHD to FCP Converter. In the main interface, click “Add File” button to load your source AVCHD MTS files from your camera or from a folder stored on your HDD that contains your source media.

Olympus AVCHD to FCP Converter

Step 2. Click “Profile” bar and choose output format. To editOlympus E-PL3 AVCHD files with FCP natively, please select “Final cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. Apple ProRes MOV is the best format for FCP.

Convert Olympus E-PL3 AVCHD to ProRes MOV for FCP

Step 3. If you intend to modify video and audio settings in your own way, you can click on “Settings” to do so. On the popup “Profile Settings” panel, you are allowed to adjust video and audio parameters such as video codec, video bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, audio bit rate, sample rate and audio channels. (Optional)

Step 4. When ready, click on “Convert” button to transcode Olympus E-PL3 AVCHD files to ProRes MOV for FCP on Mac.

After the Olympus AVCHD to ProRes conversion is complete, click on “Open Folder” button to get the generated ProRes .mov files. Now you are ready to import and edit Olympus E-PL3 AVCHD videos in Final Cut Pro X/7/6 on Mac OS(Sierra, El Capitan included) natively.