How to import Panasonic Lumix G5 60p AVCHD to iMovie and Final Cut Express?

Summary: If you are having issues while editing Panasonic Lumix G5 60p AVCHD footage in iMovie or Final Cut Express, you may wish to read this article. It displays a workaround to transcode Panasonic G5 AVCHD files to Apple InterMediate Codec, so that you can use them in iMovie/FCE smoothly without a glitch.

Looking for a converter for Panasonic G5 60p AVCHD conversion for iMovie
”I have some 60p AVCHD footage taken with a Panasonic Lumix G5 camera. As iMovie doesn’t recognize 60p files as import, I need to convert some of the raw footage into a format acceptable to iMovie. Can anybody kindly indicate a good solution for the challenge I am facing? Appreciate any and all feedback or help. Thanks a lot.”

Actually, there are lots of converters out there in the market that claimed to have powerful ability to handle 60p AVCHD footage, and Video Converter for Mac is the best amongst them which works great as a Lumix G5 to iMovie/FCE Converter. The following content will guide you through the process of c for use in iMovie/FCE with lossless quality.

Download a free trial of Video Converter for Mac
Panasonic Lumix G5 Video Converter for Mac
You are able to drag all your G5 files to this program and convert then all at once. You don’t have to stay there and do one at a time.

Before we start, let us learn more about Movie Recording Capability of Panasonic Lumix G5.

Panasonic Lumix G5 Movie Recording Capability
Movie Format
AVCHD (Audio format: Dolby Digital 2ch) / / MP4 (Audio format AAC 2ch)

Movie Recording
Motion Image (MP4 : NTSC):
[Full HD]1920×1080, 30fps (sensor output is 30p)
[HD]1280×720, 30fps (sensor output is 30p)
[VGA] 640×480, 30fps (sensor output is 30p)

Motion Image (AVCHD : NTSC):
[Full HD] 1920×1080, 60p (sensor output is 60p) (PSH: 28Mbps)
[Full HD] 1920×1080, 60i (sensor output is 60p) (FSH: 17Mbps)
[Full HD] 1920×1080, 30p (sensor output is 60p) (FPH: 17Mbps)
[HD] 1280 x 720, 60p (sensor output is 60p) (SH: 17Mbps)

Panasonic G5 and iMovie/FCE workflow – how to transcode Lumix G5 60p AVCHD to AIC MOV for editing with iMovie/FCE?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Panasonic Lumix G5 Video Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
Panasonic G5 60p AVCHD conversion for iMovie

Step 2: From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
Panasonic G5 and iMovie/FCE workflow
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 Lumix G5 AVCHD to MOV conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start Panasonic Lumix G5 AVCHD to QuickTime conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files for editing with iMovie’11/9/8 or Final Cut Express 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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