I'm a compression novice, getting my finest results by sheer luck much of the time. I have 9 AVCHD (.MTS) files Final Cut Pro X won't import because of a SD card issue I had. I want to salvage these files and in playing around with them I found that of my available software options only VLC and Handbrake will open them. I am truly impressed by the display color and clarity VLC offers during playback. Truly stunning! This is what I want for my final output! If I could understand how to get these files transcoded and into Final Cut Pro X while retaining this VLC-like lossless quality I would come unglued with sheer video-geek-delight. Any thoughts about what tool(s) and settings I might try? Thanks!
Another person also suggested I transcode, but using ClipWrap, which I did with great results in terms of video clarity. I didn't end up with the beautiful color VLC offers, but that probably had more to do with how VLC plays-back video than anything else? In any event, I'm satisfied with the end result achieved using ClipWrap.