Transcode Panasonic HC-WX970 AVCHD to ProRes for FCP X

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Record 4K picture-in-picture video with the Panasonic HC-WX970 4K Ultra-HD Camcorder. This camcorder can capture video at 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution at 30 frames-per-second, four times the resolution of full-HD video. With that resolution, you can us the 4K Photo Mode to extract individual frames from your videos and create high-quality photographs. Panasonic’s CrystalEngine 4K chipset reduces rolling shutter artifacts from the sensor by increasing readout speed. When stepping down to full HD resolution, the CrystalEngine 4K can record slow-motion video at up to 120 frames-per-second, with frame interpolation it can slow the video even further by emulating a 240 fps recording.

For far superior high definition video quality, most people prefer to 1080P AVCHD from Panasonic HC-WX970. Is there a way to import Panasonic HC-WX970 AVCHD videos to FCP X for editing?

If you extract AVCHD recordings from Panasonic HC-WX970 Handycam, there is no lucky for you import 1080P AVCHD to FCP directly for FCP can’t work well with AVCHD files. In order to edit Panasonic HC-WX970 AVCHD video in Final Cut Pro X Mac smoothly and without rendering, you need to convert Panasonic HC-WX970 AVCHD recordings to an edit-friendly format, such as Apple ProRes 422, a native codec to read AVCHD copies in FCPX, as well as the latest version FCP X.

With UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac, a professional Final Cut Pro support conversion tool, you can transcode Panasonic HC-WX970 AVCHD video to FCP X natively ProRes .mov format for further editing. Besides, this AVCHD to FCP Mac converter also designed with some user-friendly features for initial editing, such as merging, cropping, trimming, adding special effects and subtitles to output videos.

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Below is the simple and clear tutorial of importing Panasonic HC-WX970 AVCHD to FCP X.

First you need to transcode Panasonic HC-WX970 AVCHD format to FCP X natively ProRes 422 MOV.

Step 1: Load Panasonic 1080 60P AVCHD footage to Panasonic AVCHD Converter for Mac

Import Panasonic HC-WX970 AVCHD files to this AVCHD to FCP Mac converter or drag and drop Panasonic HC-WX970 AVCHD clips into file area directly.

Tips:

1. Digging inside the folder structure and copy over only certain AVCHD files in there may lead to no audio. To manage your AVCHD files, you’d better copy the entire AVCHD folder with the whole structure to hard drive.

2. You can click “add a folder” to ingest AVCHD folder from your camcorder memory card directly.

Step2: Choose Apple ProRes 422(HQ) (*.mov) as output format

Click the “Format” option, and choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(HQ) (*.mov) as the output format of the HC-WX970 AVCHD copies. Here recommended ProRes 422(HQ) which can provide better video quality for FCP X.

Step3: Set audio and video profile

Before importing Panasonic HC-WX970 AVCHD files to Mac FCP X, you can customize audio and video profile, like selecting 1920*1080 as the output video resolution.

Video Bitrate is up to 60 frames per second. Here it’s recommended to tweak the 60p frame rate to 30p for easily recognized by FCP X on your Mac OS X

Tips:

1. Increasing the bitrate will typically increase the file size and quality.

2. The video quality of output ProRes MOV mostly depends on raw AVCHD materials.

Step 4: Transcode Panasonic HC-WX970 AVCHD to FCP X friendly Pro Res MOV

Click the “Convert” icon to convert and copy Panasonic AVCHD content to FCPX natively ProRes MOV.

The AVCHD Converter for Mac will run Panasonic HC-WX970 MTS to MOV conversion processing at high speed, you can check the progress bar easily. When conversion completed, you can easily import ProRes MOV from source Panasonic HC-WX970 AVCHD to FCP X for further editing.

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