Summary: If you have some problems in smoothly editing Panasonic AVCHD videos in Final Cut Pro, you’d better transcode Panasonic AVCHD MTS/M2TS to Apple ProRes for FCP x/7/6 before importing. Read on the article to get the solution.
Do you have a Panasonic AVCHD camcoder like Panasonic HC-X920, Panasonic HC-V720, Panasonic HC-MDH2, Panasonic HDC-SD900/TM900, Panasonic HDC-SD60/SD90, Panasonic DMC-GX7, Panasonic AG-AC7, Panasonic DMC-FZ70, Panasonic Lumix GM1,etc? Do you want to edit the video recordings from Panasonic AVCHD camcorders in Final Cut Pro without losing quality? But many users are facing some frustrating result when importing Panasonic AVCHD footage into FCP. The basic reason is that AVCHD is not a fully supported format by Final Cut Pro like FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6 and lower.
To make it easier for editing Panasonic AVCHD MTS/M2TS videos on FCP 6/7/X, you’d better to transcode Panasonic AVCHD to Apple ProRes first, as it is the best codec for Final Cut Pro editing. Below is the simple step-by-step guide for Panasonic AVCHD camcorder users: using UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac to convert Panasonic AVCHD MTS/M2TS to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro X/7/6 on iMac/MacBook Pro/Mac Mini with Mac OS X, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks. Download it and get the full guide below to have a smooth editing with the Panasonic AVCHD MTS/M2TS footage in FCP.
Full Guide: Encode Panasonic AVCHD footage to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro
Step 1: Transfer Panasonic AVCHD MTS/M2TS to your Mac HDD via USB cable. Run UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac as a Panasonic AVCHD converter for Mac, and click the “Add” button to load Panasonic AVCHD (*.mts, *.m2ts) footage.
Tip: This Panasonic AVCHD Converter for Mac supports transcoding all Panasonic AVCHD MTS/M2TS files to Apple ProRes 422 so that you can easily import Panasonic AVCHD MTS/M2TS recordings to Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 6, Final Cut Pro 7 for editing on Mac. Plus, it also supports converting AIC MOV, H.264 MOV to iMovie, FCE, Adobe, Avid and more.
Step 2: Tap “Format” bar and set a FCP friendly codec in dropdown-list. You are advised to follow “Final Cut Pro” template and choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as export format. Of course, Apple ProRes 422 HD, Apple ProRes 422 LT, Apple ProRes 422 Proxy, etc are all the proper format.
Step 3: Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/ audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and frame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. E.g. Set video size to 1920*1080 when you feel like to keep 1080p as the source file features.
Step 4: Hit “Convert” button to transcode Panasonic AVCHD MTS/M2TS files to FCP friendly Apple ProRes 422 files.
Once the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the output files effortlessly. Now you have got it right, feel free to import and edit converted Panasonic AVCHD MTS/M2TS footage in Final Cut Pro X/7/6.