The Panasonic HC-V720 is a midrange camcorder with a modest (for its class) 26x zoom lens, a 5.1-channel internal microphone, Wi-Fi, and 1080p60 video capture. Its zoom range isn’t as impressive as some lesser priced Panasonic camcorders, but it adds enthusiast features like a detachable accessory shoe and support for an external microphone. The V720 captures footage that is noticeably better than other camcorders in this class. However, the Panasonic HC-V720 records footage in AVCHD file format, some NLE applications are lacking of native support to AVCHD clips, and some NLE plug-ins e.g. Final Cut Pro X/7, are still under development. If you failed to import Panasonic HC-V720 AVCHD MTS footage to video editing software for post-production, you are recommended transcoding Panansonic HC-V720 videos to your editing app preferred format before importing. In this article, we show you how to compress/import Panasonic HC-V720 AVCHD MTS to Adobe After Effects, Sony Vegas, and Pinnacle Studio one after another.
Part 1: Rewrap Panasonic HC-V720 AVCHD to MOV/MPG for After Effects
1. First off, run UFUSoft AVCHD Converter as AVCHD MTS to MOV/MPG Converter for After Effects. Click “Add video” button to load AVCHD clips captured by Panasonic HC-V720 camera.
2. Choose “MOV(AVC)(*.mov) or MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as output format from “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” profile list.
3. Click “Convert” button to start Panasonic HC-V720 AVCHD MTS to Adobe After Effects Conversion. When the conversion finished, click “Open” button to get the generated AVC .mov or MPEG-2 .mpg files for using with Adobe After Effects.
Import the generated MPG files to After Effects:
From the main menu, select File > Import > File. This opens the import dialogue box and allows you to select one or more files from a particular folder. To select multiple files, click while holding down the Shift key for contiguous files or the Ctrl/Cmd key for non-contiguous (separated) files.
Select File > Import > Multiple Files to import multiple files located in different folders. The standard dialogue box appears, but after you click Open the box remains and you can navigate to another folder to select more files. Keep doing this until all files are selected, then click Done.
Part 1: Transcode Panasonic HC-V720 AVCHD to Sony Vegas
User problem – “Sony Vegas Pro 9e isn’t seeing AVCHD files on my system (it’s the first time I’ve tried to handle them). Even if I bring an instance of windows explorer up and drag the file to the timeline, I get the “+” added to my cursor, as if it’s gonna take, but then I get and error message ‘None of the files dropped on Vegas Pro could be opened.’ Any ideas on why this is happening? I’m on XP64 if that makes any difference.”
Solution – convert Panasonic HC-V720 AVCHD to MPEG-2 MPG for using in Sony Vegas
Basic steps on recoding Panasonic HC-V720 AVCHD files to MPG for Sony Vegas:
1. Start up UFUSoft AVCHD Converter as AVCHD to MPEG2 Converter for Sony Vegas. Click “Add video” button to load AVCHD clips captured by Panasonic HC-V720 camera.
2. Choose “MPEG-2 (*.mpg)” as output format from “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” profile list.
3. Click “Convert” button to start Panasonic HC-V720 AVCHD MTS to Sony Vegas Conversion. When the conversion is done, click “Open” button to get the generated MPEG-2 .mpg files for editing in Vegas.
Afterwards, follow File > Import > Media… to browse and load the transcoded Panasonic HC-V720 AVCHD MTS footage to Sony Vegas for extending editing.
Part 3: Convert Panasonic HC-V720 AVCHD clips to HD AVI for Pinnacle Studio importing
User problem – “Our Panasonic HC-V720 stores footage in AVCHD format. We failed to import them to Pinnacle. We imported from the original file structure download from our camera, but the Pinnacle said ‘No items in the folder’.”
Solution – transcode Panasonic HC-V720 MTS to HD AVI for Pinnacle Studio
Basic steps on converting Panasonic HC-V720 AVCHD clips to HD AVI for Pinnacle Studio:
1. Run UFUSoft AVCHD Converter as AVCHD to AVI for Pinnacle Studio Converter. Click “Add Video” or “Add from folder” icon to load Panasonic HC-V720 AVCHD MTS material.
2. Choose “AVI HD Video (*.avi)” as target format from “HD Video” option.
3. Click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video and audio settings if necessary. Users are free to reset codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channels.
4. Click the big button “Convert” to start Panasonic HC-V720 AVCHD to AVI conversion for Pinnacle Studio. Once finished, click “Open” button to get the final output HD AVI files for Pinnacle Studio.
After that, launch Pinnacle Studio (we run Pinnacle Studio HD Ultimate v15 for example), and follow “Import” > “IMPORT FROM” > “Other devices” > “the folder stored the converted AVI files” > “Start Import”.