updated 10:00 pm EDT, Fri June 24, 2011
No more 'unrendered' messages in Final Cut
Various camcorders that produce AVCHD files in transport stream (.mts, .m2ts) or MOD/TOD format are the bane of many Final Cut Pro 6 and 7 users, in that the files must rendered or converted before use with the editing programs, costing time and efficiency. Aunsoft Studio has developed Final Mate for Mac to convert these files to Apple ProRes files so that they can be edited without the "unrendered" message.
Final Mate users can choose to output the AVCHD footage in Apple ProRes 422, 422 (HQ), 4444, ProRes (LT) and Apple ProRes (proxy) as FCP native format. Sequence settings in FCP can be changed automatically or manually as the user desires.
The program can also output HD video to Apple Intermediate Codec, Avid's DNxHD, H.264 (in MP4, MOV and MKV formats) , WMV HD video and other formats, including many audio-only formats as well from MP3 to OGG. It works with all popular resolutions of HD and SD video, and can allow users to batch-process footage without waiting in Final Cut Pro to begin editing.
In addition to converting footage for editing, the program can also output converted footage directly to devices such as Android and iOS smartphones, tablets and other media devices from other makers, such as the WDTV Live Plus. It's also capable of output readable by iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Aperture.
Final Mate for Mac requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.5 or higher, and sells for $49.