Transcode Panasonic DMC-ZS50 AVCHD to FCP, iMovie, Premiere Pro, Avid

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The silver Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 Digital Camera is a compact point-and-shoot digital camera featuring a 12.1MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor to enable high-resolution still imaging and full HD 1080p video recording in AVCHD format with noticeable low-light quality and sensitivity to an expandable ISO 6400. Fast performance is also afforded throughout the camera system, including the ability to record full-resolution imagery at up to 10 fps or 6 fps with continuous AF.We bet you still remember the problem to import AVCHD videos from Panasonic DMC-ZS50 to FCP/iMovie/Premiere/Avid MC or other video editing programs- shows the unsupported file format error, seems the unexpected crash happens again to Panasonic DMC-ZS50 videos… Then, how to edit Panasonic DMC-ZS50 footage in FCP, iMovie, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer without problems?

The reason behind that you can’t import Panasonic DMC-ZS50 AVCHD to FCP, iMovie, Avid smoothly is mainly due to the 1080p AVCHD format it records. Currently 1080p footage is a very non-standard format and it’s unsupported by most editing programs. Plus, if you got some single AVCHD clips from Panasonic DMC-ZS50, the NLEs even won’t recognize your files without the intact folder structure. A straightforward fix is to convert Panasonic DMC-ZS50 video to FCP/iMovie/Avid/Premiere Pro much more compatible format.

To get the work done, first you need to download UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac. With it, you can convert Panasonic, Sony, Canon, JVC, etc 1080p AVCHD .mts to NLEs compatible format with great video quality and fast encoding speed. It supports encoding all 1080p or 1080i AVCHD files to Apple ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMoive/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro and more. Plus, it’s also combined with smart video editing features like cropping, trimming, adding special effect and more enhance your video visual effects. If you are facing the similar issues with your DMC-ZS50, download the program and check out the solution below.

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How to convert Panasonic DMC-ZS50 footage into Avid, Premiere, iMovie, FCP?

STEP 1: Run the smart Panasonic AVCHD Converter Mac and transfer your AVCHD recordings to the program from the Panasonic DMC-ZS50 camcorder or hard drive. Join AVCHD (*.mts) clips via selecting all files and click Merge.

STEP 2: Click on the “Format” bar and choose a best editable format for working Panasonic DMC-ZS50 AVCHD in Avid, Premiere, iMovie, FCP.

a. Select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as the output format for Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7.

b. To edit Panasonic DMC-ZS50 AVCHD footage in Avid MC, choose Avid Media Composer – > Avid DNxHD(*.mov).

c. For iMovie, choose iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as output format.

d. For Adobe Premiere Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg) for native editing.

Tip: You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.

STEP 3: As soon as all things are finished, please click “Convert” button to start the Panasonic DMC-ZS50 AVCHD conversion on Mac OS X.

Once the conversion is 100% completed, you can smoothly copy the converted files to FCP/Avid/Premiere/iMovie for further editing.