Sunday, June 7, 2015

PA HC-X920 to FCP 7/X-Edit/Convert Panasonic HC-X920 1080/50p AVCHD to FCP 7/X on Mac OS X

The best way here to edit Panasonic HC-X920 AVCHD files in FCP 7/X smoothly is to find a third party program to transcode Panasonic HC-X920 MTS to Apple ProRes, the most compatible video codec for Final Cut Pro editing on Mac OS X.

We were impressed by how well the X920 handled our complex low light studio test - click through for 1080p version. The HC-X920 provides excellent reproduction of complex textures such as fur, although the detail of some fur-like textures did become a little fuzzy and pixellated when placed under a quickly changing light source. Colour reproduction is similarly excellent and there was very little noise, except in the darkest of environments. Certainly, colour reproduction was much improved over the HC-X900 on indoor footage, with furniture and clothing looking less saturated and gaudy.

The X920, like its predecessor, can shoot in Full HD at 50fps progressive (1080p50) with a variable bit-rate of up to 28Mbits. We didn't see any compression problems using this quality setting, and nor would we expect to. Some DSLRs can shoot at higher quality settings, but the resulting footage can be unwieldy to edit and store.

However, the output 1080 60p or 50p AVCHD movies cannot be supported by some non-linear video editors like the common tool FCP 7/X for Mac users, which causes unsmooth editing without rendering. To get Panasonic HC-X920 footage into Final Cut Pro 7, the best method is to transcode the 1080 60p/50p footage to FCP native support format Apple ProRes 422 with an easy-to-use AVCHD MTS Converter.

Brorsoft Panasonic HC-X920 AVCHD to FCP 7/X Converter is highly recommended for transcoding AVCHD mts/m2ts files. It provides the preset profile Apple ProRes profiles for FCP. And the converted files are lossless. Now, follow the guide on converting Panasonic HC-X920 1080 60p/50p AVCHD to ProRes for FCP 7/X on Mac OS X (Yosemite & Mavericks) step by step.

Step 1: After connecting Panasonic HC-X920 Camera to Mac, run the AVCHD Converter for Mac as the best 1080p AVCHD to FCP Converter for Mac. Click the “Add” button to load the 1080p .mts videos from Panasonic HC-X920 camera through the CAM_SD --> PRIVATE --> AVCHD --> BDMV --> STREAM.

Step 2: Click Format box and you will get five Apple ProRes options in Final Cut Pro. If you attach great importance to quality, “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”or “Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)” will be your favorite options.

Step 3: Adjust video and audio parameters in Profile Settings, where you can get by clicking Settings on the main interface. For FCP users, 1920*1080 as video size, 30fps(25fps for original 50p video) as frame rate and pcm-s16le as audio codec are the most suitable settings.

Step 4: Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac Panasonic HC-X920 MTS converter will start converting HC-X920 MTS to ProRes 422 for FCP 7 on Mac OS X immediately.

After the MTS to ProRes conversion is 100% completed, you can easily import Panasonic HC-X920 recordings in Final Cut Pro 7 without any rendering.

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