How can I import & edit Panasonic SD90 AVCHD footage on Mac?

Summary: If you are looking for a converter to encode Panasonic SD90 AVCHD MTS files for editing in Mac iMovie, FCE and FCP (X), you are in the right place. This post describes an easiest way to convert 1080-60p AVCHD files from Panasonic SD90 to QuickTime movie format for editing on Mac with very good quality.
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I needed to convert Panasonic SD90 1080-60p AVCHD footage into ‘.MOV’ files
“Hello, I’m looking for a converter that is able to transcode Panasonic SD90 1080-60p AVCHD footage into ‘.MOV’ files so I can process in iMovie. I have tested a couple of trial versions of MTS converters these days, but could not find one that would do what I wanted. Some of them did not transcribe my video clips into a format that iMovie can read, or the resulting transcoded footage was choppy and not as good as the original. Does anyone know a reasonably priced, easy to use and reliable Panasonic AVCHD Converter for Mac? Appreciate any and all feedback/help. Thanks.”

If you are attempting to edit 60p MTS clips taken with a Panasonic SD90 on Mac iMovie, FCE or FCP (X), you can use Video Converter for Mac to process format conversion. By using this Mac converter program, you are able to convert Panasonic SD90 AVCHD MTS files to whatever format you need for editing and playing. It comes with very easy to use menus and produces very good quality AIC/ProRes MOV conversions as well as bulk processing so you could load it with files and leave it alone to do the job.

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How to convert Panasonic SD90 1080p AVCHD footage to MOV for editing in iMovie, FCE and FCP (X)?

To do this:
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Panasonic SD90 Video Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
encode Panasonic SD90 AVCHD MTS files for editing in Mac

Step 2: Select output format for your editing program
To convert Panasonic SD90 1080p AVCHD to AIC for iMovie/FCE, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
convert Panasonic SD90 1080p AVCHD to AIC for iMovie/FCE
Note that the AIC codec is also accepted by Final Cut Pro (HD 4.5 through 5), but rarely used in Final Cut Pro as of Version 6 since it now uses the ProRes codecs instead of the Apple Intermediate Codec.

To transcode Panasonic SD90 60p AVCHD to ProRes for FCP, select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is workable in FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7.
transcode Panasonic SD90 60p AVCHD to ProRes for FCP
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: Custom video and audio settings (optional)
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: Begin Panasonic SD90 1080p AVCHD to MOV Conversion on Mac
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files or ProRes MOV files for editing in iMovie, Final Cut Express or FCP 7/6/X with optimum performance.

If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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