Professional guide to Convert Sony HXR-NX3/VG1 AVCHD 2.0 to QuickTime

Sony’s new HXR-NX3 handheld HD camcorder, as the latest addition to the NXCAM line-up, is perfect for the professional videographer. The HXR-NX3 enhances Sony’s proven imager technology and performance with features like Wi-Fi capability and MP4 recording for seamless connectivity with computers, smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices. Combining leading lens, sensor and LSI technology, the camera achieves impressive and stunning video quality. Meanwhile, its Exmor™ 3CMOS Sensor system with three 1/2.8” sensors provides 1920×1080 Full HD effective pixel count.

The HXR-NX3 is capable of light MP4 file (720p, 3Mbps), a network friendly video formats. The ability to record in DV format is also provided for users who prefer a DV workflow and who need to work in a DV compatible non-linear editing environment. Mainly, the HXR-NX3 features recording video in AVCHD 2.0 format, which includes 1080/50P, for smooth, natural subject motion. 50i and 25p modes provide playback compatibility with Blu-ray players. However, AVCHD MTS/M2TS/M2T footage is not fully supported by Mac editing systems and Player, such as QuickTime. Sometimes AVCHD conversion process is essential. Here introduces Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac, a professional AVCHD Converter, which can fast and easily convert NX3 AVCHD 2.0 MTS/M2TS to QuickTime, FCP, FCE, Avid, etc on Mac Mavericks 10.9.1.

Below is step-by-step tutorial to convert HXR-NX3/VG1 AVCHD 2.0 to QT on Mavericks 10.9.1. Let’s take a look!

Step1: Import or drag & drop HXR-NX3 AVCHD 2.0 MTS/M2TS

Click “add video” or “add folder” to load NX3 AVCHD 2.0 MTS/M2TS files. You can also drag & drop directly. This program supports batch conversion and it’s easy for you to convert several MTS files at one time. Here I suggest preview task before AVCHD 2.0 MTS to iMovie conversion to check the video and audio. It’s easy for you to capture MTS images when preview.

Check “Merge into one file”, you can join HXR-NX3 AVCHD 2.0 clips into one big file.

Step2: Select DVCPRO MOV for QuickTime on Mac

Choose QuickTime Movie Format > DVCPRO-NTSC (*.mov) as output format. You can directly enter QuickTime in the search bar, even faster. I bet you won’t take more than 30 seconds in this step. DVCPRO HD is a 100 Mbps extension of the DVCPRO (25) and DVCPRO 50 formats, used for capturing and editing high-quality HD video, DVCPRO MOV keeps high video and audio quality for playback AVCHD 2.0 format in QuickTime. Here you have NTSC and PAL options for DVCPRO MOV, which can satisfy different areas standard.

You can also choose other QuickTime favorable formats, like AVI, MP4, MPEG, etc.

Step3: Set audio and video profile

The default will guarantee the quality of output MOV. You can set profile, such as Bitrate, Frame Rate, audio channels for specific needs before transcoding NX3 AVCHD 2.0 MTS to QuickTime on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks 10.9.1.

If you have several AVCHD 2.0 MTS files, you can click triangle icon to view profiles of different task files.

You are also allowed to do initial editing via “editor tool” in the main interface. The supported video editing operations are: trimming, cropping, appending artistic visual effects, adding watermarks and load subtitles to the videos.

Step4. Convert AVCHD 2.0 footage to QuickTime MOV

Click “Conversion” icon, The HXR-NX3 AVCHD 2.0 video converter for Mac will convert AVCHD 2.0 to iMovie on Mavericks 10.9.1 at ultrafast speed. With just a click on “Open output folder”, you can locate the export MOV easily. Then there will be no problem to import and play converted AVCHD 2.0 video into QuickTime.

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