How can I solve LUMIX GX7 and iMovie incompatibility issues?

Summary: How to make iMovie work great with 60p AVCHD MTS clips from Panasonic LUMIX GX7? If you are puzzled with this question, you may find a satisfactory answer in this post. It explains a best way to convert GX7 60p AVCHD movies to AIC for editing with iMovie smoothly.
I needed to import LUMIX GX7 AVCHD to iMovie however the program did not recognize the files.
User Question, “Hi, there, hoping for your help! I have some AVCHD .mts files taken with a Panasonic LUMIX GX7 camera. I like the simplicity of iMovie so would like to use iMovie to edit GX7 AVCHD videos. However, I couldn’t seem to get iMovie to recognize the GX7 files. Does anybody know how to get around this? I don’t even mind buying third party converter software? Please suggest. Many thanks in advance.”

The Panasonic LUMIX GX7 camera is capable of recording Full HD 1080p video at 60p or 24p in AVCHD or MP4 formats. If you record MP4 on GX7, you can import the MP4 files to iMovie directly, but if you record in AVCHD format, especially 60p AVCHD, you will find iMovie is unable to handle AVCHD from GX7 well. In that case, we would recommend that you use a Panasonic AVCHD to iMovie Converter to transcode LUMIX GX7 60p AVCHD to Apple’s InterMediate Codec (AIC), which iMovie recognizes and handles well.

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LUMIX GX7 and iMovie workflow – transcode GX7 AVCHD to AIC

To be able to get iMovie to read Panasonic LUMIX GX7 AVCHD MTS videos, you will need to convert them to AIC MOV in advance. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Open up our Video Converter as a Panasonic GX7 AVCHD to MOV Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media into it.
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Step 2: From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
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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 LUMIX GX7 60p MTS to iMovie AIC conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format 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.


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

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