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Edit Panasonic AVCHD MTS in Final Cut Pro X


Does FCP X Handle Panasonic AVCHD files? In this article, we show you the whole process for importing and editing Panasonic AVCHD to FCP X.

When we import MTS files to Final Cut Pro X, no luck no matter from camera or HD drive. As far as we know, AVCHD is an acronym for Advanced Video Coding High Definition. It’s a file format for recording and playback of HD video. It is typically stored on flash memory card or hard drives. It is great for recording footage from the camera, but it can be a challenge for editing.

Editing Standard Definition footage on an older computer is easy, but editing AVCHD is another story. If your AVCHD clips stutter and drop frames when you preview in a NLE, it can be impossible to do a good job of editing. The newer full-fledged NLEs will edit AVCHD files. They also require powerful, robust computers. But for those with older computers or software, editing AVCHD can be a torture.

A good advice is to transcode Panasonic source files in MTS into ProRes, the best format for Final Cut Pro. Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac is the best app we like to recommend to fulfill the task.

With it, you can effortlessly convert Panasonic/Sony/Canon MTS and other video formats(including WMV, MP4, FLV, MXF, XAVC, XAVC S and even Blu-rayDVD) to Apple ProRes codec – ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro. The conversion is darn easy to be finished with only three clicks without loss of video quality. Just get the utility and check out the easy steps to convert and import Panasonic AVCHD to Final Cut Pro X without any troubles.

Transcoding Panasonic AVCHD to ProRes for FCP X 10.4

Step 1. Install and launch the MTS to FCP X Converter and load source MTS clips to it. You can batch convert multiple .mts clips as you want.

Step 2. Press the Format box and select one of the Apple ProRes codecs like “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), “Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov)”, “Apple ProRes 422(LT) (*.mov)”, “Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy)(*.mov)”, “Apple ProRes 444 (*.mov)” from the dropdown list.

Tip: ProRes files are larger, but that’s just the nature of the beast. You’d better choose a ProRes codec that is close to the bitrate of the camera codec. Remember the better the codec, the larger the file and the more CPU power and more importantly disc speed you’ll need to edit it.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to start transcoding Panasnic MTS to ProRes on Mac. When the conversion task is finished, click “Open” button to get the exported files and then import the converted Panasonic AVCHD into FCP X to do further editing.

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