If you have a Panasonic HC-V550CT camcorder, you will find it records footage in AVCHD and MP4 format. To be able to edit these files in NLEs like iMovie, Final Cut Pro and Avid, you will need to take time to convert AVCHD/MP4 to a format that is well supported by your editing program before start.
In the early 2014, Panasonic has unveiled 5 new models of HD camcorders, including Panasonic HC-W850, HC-V750, HC-V130, HC-V250 and HC-V550CT. In this article, we would talk about how to edit Panasonic HC-V550CT shootings in NLE applications like iMovie, FCP, and Avid.
If you have a Panasonic HC-V550CT camcorder, you will find it records footage in AVCHD and MP4 format. To be able to edit these files in NLEs like iMovie, Final Cut Pro and Avid, you will need to take time to convert AVCHD/MP4 to a format that is well supported by your editing program before start. For instance, you’ll need to convert Panasonic HC-V550CT AVCHD/MP4 to AIC for editing with iMovie’8/9/11, transcode Panasonic HC-V550CT AVCHD/MP4 to Apple ProRes for using in Final Cut Pro version 6, 7 or Final Cut X, and rewrap Panasonic HC-V550CT AVCHD/MP4 to DNxHD for opening with Avid Media Composer. To do format conversion, a third party converter program is required, considering the ease of use, reliability and output files quality we would recommend Video Converter for Mac.
How to transcode Panasonic HC-V550CT AVCHD/MP4 to iMovie, FCP and Avid?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up HD Video Converter for Mac as a Panasonic HC-V550CT video converter . From the main interface, click ‘Add File’ button to import MTS/MP4 clips taken with a Panasonic HC-V550CT camcorder.
Step 2: Select output format for iMovie, Final Cut Pro and Avid MC
In order to edit Panasonic HC-V550CT AVCHD/MP4 recordings in iMovie, from the Format bar, choose ‘Apple InterMediateCodec (AIC) (*.mov)’ as output format from ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ catalogue.
To be able to open Panasonic HC-V550CT mts/mp4 footage in Final Cut Pro 6, 7 or FCP X, from the Formar bar, select ‘Apple ProRes 422(*.mov)’ as target format from ‘Final Cut Pro’ column.
For the purpose of importing Panasonic HC-V550CT AVCHD/MP4 files to Avid for editing, from the Format bar, choose ‘Avid DNxHD 1080p (*.mov)’ or ‘Avid DNxHD 720p (*.mov)’as output format.
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)
If you want to adjust video and audio settings like video bit rate, frame rate, audio bit rate, sample rate, and audio channel, you can click ‘Setting’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ panel to do so, if not, simply skip this step.
Step 4: When ready, click the ‘Convert’ button to start converting Panasonic HC-V550CT AVCHD/MP4 videos to QuickTime for using in iMovie, FCP or Avid Media Composer.
Tips: You can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ checkbox, and go away to do other things instead of waiting around in front of the computer for the entire conversion process.
Step 5: When the conversion finished, click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated QuickTime files for using in iMovie, FCP or Avid.