[How to] Transcode Panasonic Lumix GH3 1080 60p AVCHD footage to Final Cut Pro (FCP) X/7/6 on Mac
Summary: Follow this article and you will know how to convert Panasonic DMC-GH3 AVCHD footage to FCP X without rendering on Mac.
The GH3 is Panasonic’s flagship Micro Four Thirds camera, offering a DSLR-like form factor, a built-in flash, a large grip, and an articulating LCD. The GH3 is the follow-up to the popular GH2, with improved video quality and recording options, essentially doubling down on what made the GH2 so successful. The camera’s collection of customizable buttons, in-depth manual controls, weather seals, and high-quality video features should appeal to enthusiast photographers and videographers alike.
While, we often need to import and edit the recorded videos in FCP on Mac, but Panasonic GH3 recorded AVCHD files are 1080 60P videos, 1080 60P file is not supported by FCP on Mac, in order to import Panasonic Lumix GH31080 60P MTS/M2TS to FCP for editing, the first thing you need to do is to convert Panasonic 1080 60P AVCHD to FCP supported video formats. Final Cut Pro best format is Apple ProRes 422 codec MOV format, so it’s a great choice for you to convert Panasonic 60P AVCHD to ProRes for FCP.
Actually, import 60p AVCHD to FCP is not a tricky process. If you use one professional AVCHD to FCP Converter to transcode AVCHD to Apple ProRes losslessly and then import to FCP 6/7 and FCP X, you are able to edit the video smoothly. Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac can do the fast AVCHD .mts/m2ts conversion with the best quality and I think it must be a good choice for you. Below is a guide for you.
Import/edit Panasonic Lumix GH3 1080 60P AVCHD files in Final Cut Pro (FCP)X/6/7
Step 1: Get the top MTS Converter for FCP, then start it to import your Panasonic GH3 .mts/.m2ts files it. Check off the “Merge into one” box to combine your MTS files together if necessary.
Step 2: Tap the Format icon; from the dropdown menu select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov) as the target format. Of course, the ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444 are also the right choice for FCP 7 and FCP X.
Step 3: Click the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for editing GH3 footages in FCP with the best quality.
Step 4: Hit the “Convert” button; it will start to transcode Panasonic GH3 AVCHD to ProRes for FCP on Mac OS X immediately.
After the 60p AVCHD to ProRes conversion, you can import converted files to FCP, just click and choose File » Import » Files, and then you can load your video files to FCP for easy editing.
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