Import Panasonic HC-W570 AVCHD/MP4 to iMovie and FCPX

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If you are looking for a smooth workflow for editing Panasonic HC-W570 video on Mac through iMovie or FCP X, you are in the right place. This post explains a workaround to transcode HC-W570 AVCHD/MP4 footage to Mac friendly format for use in iMovie and FCP X with optimum performance.

Panasonic HC-W570 HD Camcorder can capture two simultaneous streams of video and record them picture-in-picture. This way the main camera can be focused on your subject while the secondary camera records a self portrait. At the front of the camera is a 50x optical zoom lens whose zoom can be digitally extended to 90x. When shooting at the further end of the zoom range, the 5-axis stabilization can compensate for handheld vibration and reduce blur in your videos.

Panasonic HC-W570 Video Format

1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (24 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (17 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (13 Mbps)
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps (5 Mbps)

1920 x 1080p / 60 fps (28 Mbps)
1280 x 720p / 30 fps (9 Mbps)

If for some reason you are having issues working with HC-W570 AVCHD/MP4 footage on Mac through iMovie or FCP X, we would recommend transcoding them to a format that is compatible with your editing program first. This requires third party video converter software like UFUSoft AVCHD Video Converter for Mac. Check a short tutorial on how to encode HC-W570 AVCHD/MP4 footage to AIC .mov for iMovie and how to convert HC-W570 AVCHD/MP4 footage to ProRes .mov for FCP X.

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Follow these steps to convert Panasonic HC-W570 AVCHD/MP4 video for editing with iMovie or FCP X on Mac

Step 1: Run AVCHD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Panasonic HC-W570 AVCHD/MP4 video to iMovie/FCP X Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.

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Step 2: To edit Panasonic HC-W570 AVCHD/MP4 video clips in iMovie, “iMovie/FCE –> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” is the optimal choice.


Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP X

From ‘Profile’ list, move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and 7. When loading them into FCP (X), you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.

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Step 3: Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)

If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start Panasonic HC-W570 AVCHD/MP4 files to AIC MOV/ProRes MOV conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in iMovie or Final Cut Pro X with optimum performance.

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