Make Panasonic HC-V550 AVCHD MTS Compatible with Final Cut Pro 6/7/X on Mac

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The HC-V550 is Panasonic’s latest mid-range camcorder, and is the update to the Panasonic HC-V520 from almost exactly a year ago. The basic specification hasn’t changed much. Like its predecessor, the HC-V550 is based around a rather standard 1/5.8-inch back-side illuminated CMOS with 2.51Mpixels, although only 2.2Mpixels are used when shooting video. But there are a few feature tweaks and improvements that make it a worthwhile replacement – and one significant bundled accessory in the shape of the pan-tilt-zoom cradle. Panasonic records videos with AVCHD 2.0 and standard MP4 formats. Unlike the Panasonic HC-W850, there is no 50Mbits/sec MP4 option, so 28Mbits/sec is the top data rate at Full HD resolution and 50 frames /sec, in both formats.

After shooting some footage on the Panasonic HC-V550, you may want to edit them in Final Cut Pro 6/7 or Final Cut Pro X. However, you may also face the problem that FCP 6/7 or FCP X does not recognize the Panasonic HC-V550 AVCHD .mts videos.

Q1: Importinig Panasonic HC-V550 AVCHD to Final Cut

How do I import Panasonic HC-V550 AVCHD.mts files into Final Cut Pro X? This is the latests and greatests software right? There must be a way. Help Please.

Q2: Support for Panasonic AVCHD from HC-V550 in FCP 7?
What plug-in do I need to install so i can import and edit Panasonic HC-V550 AVCHD .mts video files in Final Cut. The suggestion of doing Log and Transfer doesn’t work (the .mts files are gray out not allowing me to select it.) [Final Cut Pro 7, Mac OS X (10.6).]

As far as I know, to ingest Panasonic HC-V550 media to Final Cut Pro 6/7/X for editing smoothly, the easy workaround is to transcode the AVCHD footage to ProRes MOV format, which is natively supported by FCP. Along with some help from a professional Mac AVCHD to MOV Converter. it can be done.

Now, UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac is a good tool for you. This professional  Panasonic AVCHD transcoder for Mac can help you encode Panasonic HC-V550 AVCHD files to FCP X/7/6, as Final Cut Pro X/7/6 best supported video format is ProRes 422 codec MOV format, below is a guide for you to convert Panasonic HC-V550 AVCHD MTS to FCP ProRes for editing.

Step 1 -> Download, install and launch UFUSoft AVCHD to FCP Converter for Mac, and import AVCHD files into the program.

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Note: Before conversion, you need to transfer AVCHD MTS files from your Panasonic HC-V550 to Mac Hard Drive, then click the “add files” button to browse to import AVCHD MTS videos.

Step 2 -> Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.

Step 3 -> Click “Convert” button and your Panasonic HC-V550 AVCHD files will be converted into ProRes .MOV files ready to be imported into FCP.

You’re done. Now importing and editing Panasonic HC-V550 AVCHD footage in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6 is flawless.

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