How to Use Panasonic V720/V520 MTS in QT/FCP/iMovie/FCE

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How to Use Panasonic V720/V520 MTS in QT/FCP/iMovie/FCE

Postby jacknjchn » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:17 am


Panasonic HC-V720, HC-V520 camcorders are coming. The HC-V720 (specs) is a little lower in the lineup, but offers similar functionality with a new 50x optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization, built-in WiFi, 20.4-megapixel still picture capture, and a 3-inch touchscreen LCD. The V720 also allows for plug and copy HDD recording and uses near-field communication for easy control utilizing a smartphone.

The V520 features a 50x optical zoom lens, built-in WiFi, 5-axis optical image stabilization, near-field communication for smartphone integration, and the Level Shot functionality. The V520’s sensor is slightly different, however, offering just 10-megapixel still image capture.

Are you planning to get one? But some users are afraid of that Mac softwares, including iMovie, FCP and FCE, can't work well with V720 and V520 recorded HD videos. For example "I’m considering Panasonic HC-V720, or HC-V520, or even HC-V110; while, I've heard that getting video from a Panasonic camcorder onto a computer, in particular a Mac, is much of a hassle. ...just how much of an effort is this going to be? Will iMovie suffice for editing, or should I ditch my MacBook and upgrade and thrust way too much money in Apple's direction for Final Cut?"

You don't worry about it. V720 and V520 recorded video file is AVCHD .mts format, most Mac users can play it. If your Mac computer can't support Panasonic HC-V720/HC-V520 well, you can use a professional AVCHD MTS Converter to help you to solve all incompatible problems. After connecting camcorder to Mac and before importing MTS clips to iMovie/FCP/FCE, you can use the MTS convert tool to transcode AVCHD/MTS/M2TS to the best comfortable format, like ProRes, for Mac video editing software. Thus your Mac computer can supportMTS footages anytime.


How to change Panasonic HC-V720/HC-V520 AVCHD to Mac friendly format

1. Launch the program and import your MTS, M2TS or both MTS and M2TS files to it by clicking "Add" button.

2. Click the Format bar and select a proper video format according your needs.
Tip: For playback on Mac, QuickTime Movie Format is the best choice; for iMovie, you can select the output format AIC .mov from iMovie and Final Cut Express profile list; for FCP, Final Cut Pro >> Apple ProRes 422 is optimal.


3. Adjust the 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 AVCHD editing in iMovie and FCP, 1920*1080 video size and 30fps frame rate are best settings for you.

4. Start the AVCHD conversion for Mac softwares via hitting the Convert button. When the conversion ends, you can get the resulted video by clicking the Open button in the main interface.

Now the converted video is supported well by Mac, you can smoothly take it to FCP, FCE, iMovie, QuickTime, ect software for freely playing and editing.

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