Thursday, August 15, 2013

Working with Panasonic HC-X920M 1080/50p mts Footage in FCE and FCP 6

Is there anyway we can injest MTS Files shot on canon Panasonic HC-X920M into FCE and FCP 6? Keep on reading to learn.

I'm the owner and publisher of Australian Videocamera. My media experience can be dating back to 1979 when I first got involved with photojournalism in motorsport. Recently we have got this Panasonic HC-X920M.


I am more than impressed with the HC-X920M. At this stage of the game, if anyone asked me what camcorder to buy sub $2K, this would unquestionably be it. It has all the functions you will ever need, and I'd almost call it a game changer. If there is camcorder to sway the pro away from the larger models as used in "run and gun"shooting for current affairs, short documentaries or films etc, then at the moment this is it.

All the necessaries are there; top lens, manual programmable focus ring, face detection, manual or auto controls for contrast, shutter speed etc and of course superb imaging. And for future proofing, the HC-X920 also supports the optional 3D lens.


Panasonic HC-X920M can provide us 1080p Full HD. We live in Australia - so we are PAL.

Recording Format: [AVCHD] AVCHD 3D / Progressive / [iFrame] MP4

Compression Method: [2D] MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 / [3D] MPEG-4 MVC/H.264


Now we are doing some editing work. We make some 1080/50p AVCHD videos from Panasonic HC-X920M, working on Final Cut Express and also FCP 6, but when loading into the FCE and FCP 6, the .mts files need rendering and everytime I touch them they again need to be rendered. Hoping anyone can help - rendering takes so much time... 


At last, I have figured out Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac. Having used it as the best Panasonic AVCHD Converter and now I have successfully converted the Panasonic HC-X920M 1080/50p mts video files from the camera to AIC/Prores .mov which is native for editing in FCE and FCP 6. It works great and wonderful video quality.

Detailed instructions: 

In case that you may have the same issue with importing Panasonic HC-X920M 1080/50p mts footage into FCE and FCP 6, here offers you a step by step guide:

Convert Panasonic HC-X920M 1080/50p AVCHD MTS to AIC/Prores MOV format

Step 1. Add .mts files to the Mac MTS to MOV Converter.

Launch the MTS/M2TS to AIC/Prores Converter for Mac. Click "Add Video" or "Add from folder" button to load your source 1080/50p .mts or .m2ts files from Panasonic HC-X920M.

Tip: If you want lossless merge multiple MTS, M2TS files, pleas check the "Merge into one file" box.

Step 2. Choose FCE and FCP 6 compatible foramt as output.

For FCE, click "Format > iMovie/Final Cut Express", choose "Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) .mov" as the best output format.

For editing in FCP 6, you can choose Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov).

Tip: If you wanna edit the video/audio parameters, you need to go to "Settings" window.

Step 3. Start MTS to FCE 6/FCP Conversion.

Click the "Convert" button under the preview window, and the best Mac MTS to MOV Converter will start converting Panasonic HC-X920M 1080/50p MTS clips to FCE and FCP 6 compatible AIC/Prores mov format on Mac OS X.

When the conversion is done, you will be directed to open the folder where you saved the converted files, and then you can import output video files to FCE or import converted videos to fcp to edit.

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