Summary: If you already have recorded some 1080-60p videos in AVCHD format that FCP X can’t handles well using a Panasonic Lumix FZ200 camera, what to do? This guide introduces a best workaround to transcode FZ200 1080/60p AVCHD to Apple ProRes format for use in FCP X.
“I just started shooting movies with a Panasonic Lumix FZ200 camera, and now I’m really interested in editing FZ200 AVCHD videos in FCP X to create my own video. My footage is Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 at 60p, which FCPX doesn’t handle well. So I think the best way to work FZ100 video with FCP X is converting the 1080p60 MTS clips to Apple ProRes format that is well compatible with FCP X. Would anyone kindly explain to me how to convert my Lumix FZ200 AVCHD files into ProRes format, losing as few as possible, with image and voice matching very well. What program should I use?”
Yes, it’s smart and correct to transcode FZ200 1080/60p AVCHD to ProRes for use in FCP X. According to Panasonic, ‘If you want to edit your videos on a computer or upload them to a website, the DMC-FZ200 can record full HD 1,920 x 1,080 30p (NTSC) videos in MP4 format.’ But if you already have recorded some 1080-60p videos in AVCHD format that FCP X can’t handles well, you will need to convert FZ200 1080p60 MTS clips to Apple ProRes MOV. To do format conversion, third party converter utility is required. If you concerns are lossless quality and best video and audio synchronization, we would recommend Video Converter for Mac, which works great as a Panasonic FZ200 Video Converter for Mac.
Is there a way to make FCPX import FZ200 1080p60 AVCHD MTS?
To make Panasonic Lunix DMC-FZ200 AVCHD footage editable in FCP X, do as below:
Step 1: Install and run Video Converter for Mac as the Panasonic FZ200 Video Converter for Mac. As soon as the main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ button to load source video files.
Step 2: Select output format for FCP X
In order to convert FZ200 1080p60 MTS clips to Apple ProRes for FCP X or the former version FCP 6 and 7, from the Format bar, navigate to ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue, and select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format. Apple ProRes is the best suited editing codec for FCP X and FCP 6/7, so when loading them into FCP, you needn’t wait for a long time for the rendering process.
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 （for advanced users）
Click ‘Settings’ button, the ‘Profile Settings’ window pops up, on which you are allowed to custom video and audio parameters like bit rate, frame rate, resolution, sample rate, and audio channels.
Step 4: Start FZ200 1080-60p AVCHD MTS to ProRes 422 Conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ button to convert Lumix FZ200 MTS files to Apple ProRes 422 for editing with FCP X.
Tips: if you don’t want to wait around in front of your computer for the converting process, you can tick off ‘Shut down computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated ProRes QuickTime files
When the conversion is finished, simply click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported ProRes files for using in Final Cut Pro X with optimum performance.