Import/Edit Panasonic HC-W850 AVCHD to Final Cut Pro X/7/6 on Mac

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The Panasonic HC-W850 full HD camcorder has an interesting twist, literally. Thanks to the addition of a rotating secondary camera at the end of the flip-out LCD, users are able to capture two scenes at once. The HC-W850 also sports a 4-drive lens system, a first for a consumer camcorder. This enables Panasonic to squeeze a 20x optical zoom lens into a fairly compact body. Footage can be recorded in either AVCHD 2.0 or iFrame / MP4 format. The AVCHD 2.0 options range up to 1080/50p at 28Mbits per second, while MP4 tops out at the same resolution and frame rate but 50Mbits per second, as well as offering a couple of 720p options and the 960 x 540 iFrame mode.

If you got HD 1080/50p AVCHD videos, you may like editing Panasonic AVCHD recordings in Final Cut Pro. But 1080/50p AVCHD isn’t a native editing video format for FCP X/7/6. To import Panasonic HC-W850 AVCHD video into Final Cut Pro X/7/6 for editing smoothly, you need to convert AVCHD video to ProRes MOV. Apple ProRes is a good editing video codec for Final Cut Pro (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6). Here  UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac is your best choice to do this job.

With this best AVCHD to FCP Converter, you can convert Panasonic HC-W850 AVCHD to Apple ProRes 422 and ProRes 4444 MOV with fast speed without quality lostness. If you like you can convert AVCHD to other format for editing in iMovie, Premiere, Avid, FCE, etc.


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- Fastly convert AVCHD to ProRes
- Five types of ProRes for FCP
- It is also available for Sony, Canon, JVC and Panasonic AVCHD footages.
- Supports to transcode AVCHD to any other video format for all NLE’s
- For all FCP 5/6/7/x users
- You can get 5.1 Channels
- Freely change video/audio settings
- Can keep original quality
- Save rendering time


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Below is a step-by-step guide.

Step 1. Download, install and run the professional UFUSoft Mac Panasonic HC-W850 AVCHD to FCP Converter.

After connecting your Panasonic HC-W850 camcorder to Mac via USB, you can just drag and drop them to the program window. Or click “Add Video” to load 1080/50p AVCHD videos.

Note: Batch converting mode is supported, so you can add several files at a time.

Step 2. Choose a kind of ProRes codec as the best output format from “Format> Final Cut Pro” menu.
Panasonic HC-W850 Video Converter provided five ProRes profiles, you can choose any one of them. Here, Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) is height recommended. This profiles can help you convert Panasonic HC-W850 AVCHD MTS to 1080P MOV on Mac.

Step 3. As soon as all things are ready, you can click “Convert” to begin the Panasonic HC-W850 AVCHD to FCP ProRes conversion.

After the conversion is over, click “open” to find the conveted video. Then open your Final Cut Pro, click “File >Import >Filles” to get ProRes .mov to FCP for freey editing. You also can directly drag and drop the generated file to FCP X/7/6.

Additional Tips: If you want to transcode Panasonic HC-W850 AVCHD for Premiere Pro, please choose the “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas –> MPEG-2(*.mpg)” as output; For iMovie or FCE 4, choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”. For Avid MC, choose “Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)”

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