How can I get FCP 7 to work with Panasonic AVC-Ultra recordings? If you are having issues editing Panasonic AVC-Ultra in FCP 7, you may have interest in this post. It displays a workaround to transcode Panasonic AVC-Ultra to ProRes codec for use in FCP 7 with optimum performance.
How can I import and edit Panasonic AVC-Ultra in FCP 7?
“Hi, there, anyone know if there is a plug-in letting me work with Panasonic AVC-Ultra in FCP 7? I have googled a lot, but haven’t found one yet. I am currently using an iMac 27 (Late 2013) running OS X Mavericks (10.9.4). I really don’t want to upgrade from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X. Hoping there’s a workaround to use Panasonic AVC-Ultra in FCP 7. Any clues? Thanks”
Final Cut Pro 7 was never designed for today’s operating systems. While it still runs on OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), many of its plug-ins do not. Apple discontinued all support for FCP 7 since June 2011, when FCP-X was released.
If for whatever reason you do not want to upgrade to FCP X, you’d first have to convert the AVC Ultra to something FCP 7 understands, like Apple ProRes, using third-party apps. Read on to find an instruction guides you through the process of converting Panasonic AVC-Ultra to ProRes codec for working with FCP 7 smoothly.
How to convert Panasonic AVC-Ultra to ProRes for FCP 7 editing?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Panasonic AVC-Ultra to ProRes Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Step 2: Select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format for opening with FCP 7
From the ‘Profile’ list, move to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for FCP 7 and its most recent version FCP X. When loading them into FCP (X), you needn’t wait for a long time for rendering.
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.
Step 3: Adjust video and audio settings (for advanced users)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.
Step 4: Click ‘Convert’ to start Panasonic AVC-Ultra to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for editing in Final Cut Pro 7 with optimum performance.
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