C100 AVCHD v ProRes in FCPx
I have been tinkering with some AVCHD in FCPx from the Canon C100 just to see what is the best way to prepare it to get the best results for final output.
What I have found is that editing the native AVCHD footage can in some cases produce very poor quality results with lots of interlacing artefacts and macro blocking in certain scenes with high detail, even with the Field Dominance Override set to ‘Progressive’. I have found that the best way to get good results and remove these issues is to transcode to ProRes in something like ClipWrap before importing in to FCPx. However, my favourite method is to import the AVCHD footage in to FCPx making sure the Field Dominance Override is set to ‘Progressive’, then selecting ‘Create Optimised Media’ to transcode the footage to ProRes 422 right inside FCPx. I can edit while transcoding is taking place in the background without any hit on performance – this is one of the great features of Final Cut Pro X. I find using ProRes for editing in FCPx is more efficient and less resource hungry especially when edits get complicated. And the result is clean beautiful artefact free renders.
Check out this small video to see the results.