Panasonic AC130 and AC160 HD camcorders are very popular. But many users may have a headache at importing the 1080p AVCHD recordings into FCP. To get the workflow in with the recorded footage in post-production using both Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X, you'd better convert Panasonic AC160/AC130 AVCHD(.mts/.m2ts) video to Apple ProRes on Mac OS X.
Why change AVCHD to ProRes?
From googling, you will find AVCHD(H.264/AVC/MPEG-4 codec) is not a good editing format for many Video Editing Softwares, including FCP. We'd bette re-encode AVCHD to FCP's native format ProRes to get the smoothly editing with our Mac computer.
Is there an excellent Mac AVCHD Converter?
Yes, here we recommend the easy-to-use AVCHD to ProRes Converter for you, which is highly praised by its great performace in transcoding AVCHD files to ProRes for Final Cut Pro, including FCP 6/7 and FCP X. Besides, it can also combine several clips into one, add text/image/video to the improted video files, repalce the orginal audio in added AVCHD files and split long clip for easy uploading to website, etc.
How to transcode AVCHD to ProRes?
Step 1: Launch Brorsoft MTS Converter to add your AG-AC160/AC130 .mts/.m2ts files to it on Mac;
1. Please double click the selected file to have a preview.
2. If you want to combine several clips into one, please tick the box "Merge into One".
Step 2: Choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (.*mov) as output format in the submenu of Format, which you can get by clicking the Format box. If you want a samller size, ProRes 422(LT) or ProRes 422(Proxy) is more suitable for you.
Step 3: Customize video/audio parameters by clicking the Settings button on the main interface, if you have personalized needs. The bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel can be adjusted to optimize the output file quality in the Profile Settings.
1) If your resource file is 1080 30p or 1080 60i, you'd better set video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality.
2) If the original files are shot in 60p, please choose 30 fps as frame rate while 25 fps for 50p files.
Step 4: Click the button for conversion and strart to transcode Panasonic AC160/AC130 AVCHD for FCP on Mac.
After the conversion, you can ingest and edit your AG-AC160 recordings in Final Cut Pro 7 easily and effortlessly. Have a good time!