Convert/Transcode Panasonic HDC-SD900 AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS to Apple ProRes for FCP on MAC OS Lion
Panasonic is always trying to reach every possibility to make the images and videos clear and vivid, so Panasonic HDC-SD900 came out and successfully proved the point. The amazing SD900 features the Advanced 3MOS System, which is comprised of the 3MOS Sensor that captures images without color loss, the Leica Dicomar Lens that excels with its large, bright aperture, and the Crystal Engine PRO that increases image resolution, produces colorful, bright, beautiful images in Full-HD quality. Along with its HYBRID O.I.S and 3D Image Recording, Panasonic HDC-SD900 is hotly received by all the photographers and shutterbugs without any doubt.
- In addition, Panasonic HDC-SD900 1080/60p Recording (Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 60 Progressive Recording, 50p for PAL area) is another characteristic that makes you put it on the top of your Christmas list. With its transfer rate of 28 Mbps, 1080p recording conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording. So it makes you preserve your precious memories with the highest quality. But merit and demerit are the best friends in life. When the Panasonic HDC-SD900 users are intended to import AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS files to FCP for editing, the notice that shows the files are unrecognizable will jump out. So if you want to edit with FCP on Mac, the first step has to be converting your Panasonic HDC-SD900 1080p MTS/M2TS files to Apple ProRes for FCP. The ProRes is specially designed for editing with Final Cut Pro, including FCP X.
- Here recommended the best Panasonic HDC-SD900 AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS files to ProRes Converter, which is also compatible with Mac OS Lion. It can help you transcode your 1080p MTS/M2TS files to ProRes more easily and quicker that other converters do. Besides that, it is equipped with some simple but useful editing features, such as merging several videos into one file, deinterlacing the original footages, cropping video size, trimming video clips, adding special effects and text/image/video watermarks to output videos, thus it will be on the top of your list. Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP X user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.
- Here goes the step-by-step guide on how to Panasonic Panasonic HDC-SD900 AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS to ProRes for FCP, then import the converted videos to FCP.
- Step1: Import Panasonic HDC-SD900 AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS files to the top Panasonic HDC-SD900 AVCHD to ProRes Converter for Mac.
Connect your Panasonic HDC-SD900 to your Apple with USB2.0. Launch the AVCHD to Apple ProRes Converter for Mac and then click the adding button to import your AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS files. You can tick the box in front of the file you want to convert.
Tip: If you have multiple Panasonic HDC-SD900 AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS files, you can select the “Merge into one” box to merge the files into one single file for FCP so that you can play these files without interruption.
- Step 2: Select an output format for FCP and set the output folder.
Click on the “Format” and get the dropdown menu, then move you pointer to “Final Cut Pro”. Under the sub list are there a few formats which are all compatible with FCP. Here we recommend the Apple PreRes 422(HQ) if you give the priority to the quality of the converted videos. Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you need.
Note: If you want the files to be in smaller size, you can follow Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422(LT)(*mov)/Apple ProRes 422(*mov) option. If your files size is at SD levels, you are advised to choose Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422(Proxy)(*mov), which is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings as well.
- Step 3: Click “Settings” icon to adjust audio and video parameters.
Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.
Note: You’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality for editing in Final Cut Pro. If you want to have a smaller file size but keep the good quality, you can change the video size to 1440*1080.
- Step 4: Start converting your Panasonic HDC-SD900 1080p MTS/M2TS files to Apple ProRes for FCP X.
Click the “Convert” button; it will transcode Panasonic HDC-SD900 1080p MTS/M2TS to ProRes for FCP on Mac OS Lion immediately. You can find the process in the “Conversion” interface.
- When the Panasonic HDC-SD900 1080p MTS/M2TS to ProRes conversion process is perfectly completed, you will be able to get the output files for FCP by clicking on “Import” button effortlessly. Now you can easily import the converted and/or merged Panasonic HDC-SD900 AVCHD 1080p MTS/M2TS with 30fps to Final Cut Pro for editing with high quality without any trouble.
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