Convert Lumix DMC-G5 1080p MTS/M2TS for editing in iMovie

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Convert Lumix DMC-G5 1080p MTS/M2TS for editing in iMovie

Postby linda624 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:08 am


Panasonic's Lumix DMC-G5 is the ninth G-series Micro Four Thirds camera from Panasonic, and is built around a 16MP LiveMOS sensor that the company implies hasn’t been used in a G-series camera before. This, combined with the company’s latest ‘Venus Engine’ allows the capture of 1080p video at 60 frames per second (50p in European examples).

After testing, we found the 1080p AVCHD recordings from Lumix DMC-G5 can't be surpported well by iMovie, especially 50p clips. It means that you will be disappointed when you want to import Panasonic G5 1080p AVCHD footages to iMovie for editing.

What causes the incompatibility problem of iMovie and Panasonic Lumix G5 footages?

There are mainly two reasons why you can not transfer AVCHD files from Lumix G5 to iMovie, incuding iMovie 8/9/11. Firstly, the recordings with the codec H.264/MPEG-4 are highly compressed for saving storage space and smooth playback, but the H.264 files are not suitable for editing, so editing H.264 MTS files in iMovie is always a headaching problem for editors. Secondly, up to now, iMovie can not always successfully recognize footages at 60fps. So if you want to put 1080/60p files to iMovie, you will sometimes meet the importing problem.

How can the ingesting problem be solved without any loss of original quality

To sovle the importing problem, the first thing you should know is that Apple InterMediate Codec is the most compatible video format with iMovie. Thus, you need a powerful and professional AVCHD to iMovie Converter to convert 1080/60p AVCHD to AIC MOV. Here recommended the best MTS Converter for Mac, applying which you are not only able to transcode 1080/60p AVCHD files to 1080/30p MOV files with AIC codec, but also capable of combining several clips into one for easy importing/editing in iMovie, trimming videos, adding text/image/video as watermarks to your original files, replacing audios, adjusting brightness/contast/saturation of the imported files, etc.

Step-by-step guide on the fast AVCHD to AIC MOV conversion


Step 1: Get the free MTS Converter for Mac and install it on your Mac. Run it and import your 1080/60p AVCHD footages from Lumix G5 to it.

Step 2: Click the Format box and select iMovie --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as output format.

Step 3: Adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

Tip: Please set 1920*1080 as video size, 30fps for users in NTSC area and 25fps in PAL area as video bitrate to get the best video quality. If you want to get a smaller ones, please decrease the video size from 1920*1080 to 1440*1080 or 1280*720.


Step 4: Click the arrow button to transcode Panasonic Lumix G5 1080/60p AVCHD footages to iMovie immediately.

After the AVCHD to AIC MOV conversion is 100% completed, you can now import the converted MOV files to iMovie with original quality. Except for making 1080/60p files editable in iMovie, the versatile AVCHD Converter is also a useful and wonderful converting tool for getting Panasonic Lumix G5 1080/60p files to Final Cut Pro, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, etc.

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