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Transcode Panasonic HMC80 AVCHD footages to Avid Media Composer


    Panasonic Solutions Company has announced the versatile AG-HMC80 professional AVCCAM HD shoulder-mount camcorder, the first in the company’s series of low-cost AVCHD camcorders to feature solid state DV as well as HD recording capabilities, making it ideal for customers who desire both formats.

    The HMC80 records video in all four professional AVCCAM HD recording modes, including the highest-quality PH mode (average 21 Mbps/Max 24Mbps), the HA mode (approx.17 Mbps), the HG mode (approx.13 Mbps) and the extended recording HE mode (approx. 6 Mbps).

    At 60Hz, the camcorder supports the following HD formats in PH mode: 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24pN, 720/60p, 720/30p, 720/24pN; in HA, HG and HE modes, it records in 1080/60i. In standard definition DV, the camcorder records 480/60i, 480/30p, 480/24p.

    Using just one 32GB SDHC memory card, a user can record three hours of full resolution 1920x1080 video and audio in PH mode, four hours at HA mode and 5.3 hours at HG mode. In the HE mode, the camera can record up to 12 hours of 1440 x 1080 HD content on a 32GB SDHC card. Up to 2 hours of DV content can be recorded on a single 32GB SDHC card.

    "I have recently bought the HMC80 and the quality is amazing. But I have run into problems with AVCHD file format. I edit using Avid and like always avid doesnt want to read just about everything. I have tried different converters but the quality is so terrible I wont except it since I just spent 2,000+ on the camera.Please any help or suggestions would be amazing."

    Before fixing the problem, we need to analyze the problem first. The HMC80 uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 high profile encoding – which provides a doubling of bandwidth efficiency and improved video performance over the older MPEG-2 compression based formats (e.g. HDV) – so recordings look clean and crisp, even during fast motion, without image degradation or dropouts. However, this kind of codec is not most compatible for Avid MC. We should find the most compatible codec--Avid DNxHD Codec for Avid Media Composer.

    Preparation: Look for the best Panasonic HMC80 AVCHD Converetr for Avid MC.


    Step 1: Launch the recommended AVCHD to Avid MC Converter for Mac program and then click the adding button to import your MTS/M2TS files to it.

    1. If necessary, you can click the button"Merge into one" to combine several videos to one file.
    2. If the supposed size of the imputed file is 1GB, then the memory space should be up to 40GB.

    Step 2: Click Format on the main interface and choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov) as output format.

    Step 3: Tap the Settings icon, and you can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the Profile Setting to get the output in best quality.

    1. For 1080 50i AVCHD files, you can set the video size as 1920*1080, and set the video frame rate as 25fps.
    2. For 1080 60i AVCHD videos, set the video size as 1920*1080; while, set the video frame rate as 30fps.

    Step 4: All the settings have been done; you can start the 1080 60i/50i AVCHD to DNxHD MOV Mac conversion for Avid Media Composer by clicking the “Convert” button. Then you can get the converted DNxHD (*.mov) files for editing in Avid MC by clicking the “Open” button.

    1. Double click the selected file and you can have a preview of the imported file on the viewer.
    2. Deinterlace 1080i files: Click Edit and select "deinterlacing" in the Effect.
    3. 3D conversion. The Red-Blue/Red-Green 3D conversions are supported.

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