Panasonic AVCHD To FCP-Mac Transcode GH2 MTS To ProRes
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How to Log and Transfer Panasonic GH2 AVCHD/MTS to FCP for Editing?
Import/Convert Panasonic GH2 AVCHD Lite to ProRes 422 for FCP Editing on Mac OS X Lion

Through Google search, I found many question about "How to import HD Camcorder AVCHD to Final Cut Pro?" Such as:

Question 1: Editing GH2 Video in Final Cut Pro?

It has been at least 6 years since I have done any video at all. I am tempted to get a GH2 purely for its video capabilities. I have Final Cut Pro and could upgrade it to Final Cut Studio. I also bought a GF1 the other day and have played with the video which appears to be in an unfamiliar format but which plays on my mac with VLC player. But my question is this - what do I need to do with the video from a GH2 in order to edit it in Final Cut? Oh, I am in the UK and only deal with PAL.



Question 2: Panasonic GH2 video files not compatible?

iMovie (and Final Cut) cannot import the mts video files from the latest video cam by Panasonic the GH2
BTW: RAW photos also dont import in iPhoto..
Apple is not ready for the GH2 yet.... Hoping for an update soon

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For these problems, there are a lot of people have been given the answer, I probably visit some solutions and found that most of the answers are not detailed on "How to Log and Transfer avchd files to FCP for editing"? Reference was made to "convert AVCHD MTS to ProRes 422 codec". However, the details of this conversion process is no one answered, so I decided to write a solution.

As we all know, The Panasonic DMC-GH2 can record high-resolution full-HD 1920 x 1080 avchd movies in astonishing smooth 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL), doubling the sensor output from 24p / 25p to 60p / 50p. Final Cut Pro is supposed to support AVCHD Lite import, but it does not work very well. If you encounter any problem using GH2 AVCHD Lite on Mac, or want to edit Lumix DMC-GH2 1080 AVCHD in FCP or FCP 7, it is recommended that you convert DMC-GH2 full HD to common MOV for FCP/FCP 7. So you may face the rendering problem when editing in Final Cut Pro. To avoid waiting for rendering in Final Cut when editing, it is recommended want to transcode GH2 MTS to ProRes 422 for FCP native format.

Apple ProRes, Apple ProRes 422 , Apple ProRes 4444, introduced in Final Cut Studio, was advertised to one of the codecs to result in less compression and higher data rate/higher quality files for HD editing in Final Cut Pro.

The following is the detailed steps:

Step 1. Import GH2 AVCHD raw files to Pavtube Video Converter for Mac.
Run Pavtube Video Converter for Mac as the best AVCHD Lite to ProRes Converter for Mac OS X Lion. Connect Panasonic DMC-GH2 to Mac Lion via USB cable, Click the "Add" button to load the 1080p .avchd footage.

(Tip: If you want to merge multiple AVCHD video clips into one big video, you can click "Merge into one files" button and the Mac AVCHD joiner will combine and join the Panasonic GH2 AVCHD files on list into a single file.)

Step 2. Choose output format Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro.
Click the "Format" option, and navigate the mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output video format. The AVCHD/MTS footage to ProRes 422 converter will transcode Panasonic DMC-GH2 1080 AVCHD Lite to Final Cut Pro native format.

Step 3. Convert Panasonic GH2 AVCHD/MTS to Apple ProRes Codec for Final Cut Pro.
Click the "Convert" button under the preview window, start convert AVCHD from Panasonic DMC-GH2 camcorder to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro Native Format will start immediately.

After converting Panasonic DMC-GH2 AVCHD footage, just import the output Apple PreRes 422 .mov files to Final Cut Pro 7 or Final Cut Pro 6 for editing and the video is in HD 1920×1080. Optimize your workflow and save time with the Apple ProRes compression for Final Cut Pro. You can also import the output videos to iMovie or Final Cut Express (FCE) 4 for editing in full HD.

Now, you can import Panasonic GH2 AVCHD/MTS to FCP for Editing on Mac OS X Lion.

Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac can convert 1080p cameras/camcorders footages to editable HD video formats for non-linear editing software like iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Studio, Avid, Adobe Premiere etc. The HD footage can be compressed to SD video clips for storage when you wanna save storage space. The Mac iMedia Converter is also able to extract audios from Blu-ray discs, DVDs and videos for media players with high quality and fast conversion speed.