If for whatever reason you are unable to work with Panasonic HC-270 60p AVCHD MTS files in FCP X fluidly, you may wish to read this post. It explains a way of transcoding Panasonic HC-270 60p AVCHD MTS files to ProRes 422 for use in FCP X smoothly.
How can I import 60p MTS files from Panasonic HC-270 into FCP X?
“Hi, all, I have a bundle of 1080/60p .MTS clips copied from one of my friends. They were shot on a Panasonic HC-270 camera. I really would like to import them into FCP X for further editing and then output to Blu-ray. Unfortunately, FCP X will not recognize these .MTS files from Panasonic HC-270. Any ideas? Can anyone help? Many thanks in advance.”
Final Cut Pro X fully supports AVCHD. But it is not possible to import single .MTS files. You will have to back up the full contents of your SD card, with all directories and files and the use the import from camera and then go to archive. That is necessary, because AVCHD is a stream and there’s additional info saved on the card. If you’ve already thrown everything away and only kept the .mts files, you could convert them with HD Video Converter for Mac to Apple ProRes to be able to use them. Read on to learn a quick guide on how to transcode Panasonic HC-270 60p MTS files to ProRes 422 for FCP X editing.
[Guide] How to encode Panasonic HC-270 60p AVCHD MTS files to ProRes for FCP X editing?
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter for Mac
With this converter program installed, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode Panasonic HC-270 60p AVCHD MTS files for editing in non-linear editing systems (NLE) like Final Cut Pro X, FCP 7, iMovie, DaVinci Resolve, Edius, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and more with optimum performance. Just download & install it and keep reading for a brief how-to on each process.
Follow these steps
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Panasonic HC-270 MTS video to FCP X 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 X
From ‘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 X and its former version FCP 6 and 7. 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 HC-270 60p AVCHD MTS files to ProRes MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated ProRes 422 QuickTime files for transferring and editing in Final Cut Pro X with optimum performance.
To import the transcoded files into Final Cut Pro X: navigate to File > Import > Media. In the window that comes up select your transcoded ProRes clips. DO NOT check “Create Optimized Media” OR “Create Proxy Media”. Both of these check boxes are unnecessary because we already converted the media to ProRes which means Final Cut Pro X can use the footage without “optimizing” it. Checking this box would create a redundant and time consuming second transcode of your footage.
You’re now ready to edit!
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