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Final Mate for Mac converts AVCHD to ProRes for editing

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If you already have FCP installed, the necessary codecs are available to convert AVCHD to ProRes using a number of programs that don't cost a dime. The crappy appearance of this app is enough of a clue that these are WinTrolls trying to cream a buck off MacUsers, avoid, avoid avoid. MacNN must be getting paid to promote this cr+pware.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Also, FCP X supports editing of AVCHD directly

    At this point, unless if you are continuing an existing project, then you can use FCP X especially if your source material is AVCHD as it is doubtful that you would be rendering it to film.

  1. facebook_Tania

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    Joined: Jun 2011



    1) as previous poster above, FCP installs pro-res codecs hence you can do the conversion even in Quicktime Player, if you don't have FCP then there's no point using ProRes codecs. Avid DNxHD is provided for free on Avid's site.

    2) MPEG StreamClip can do all the above and for free -

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