Does FCP X support the Panasonic HC-W570 which shoots in 1080 50p AVCHD? How can I expect a smooth workflow between HC-W570 1080-50p AVCHD and FCP X? You can find answers to these questions in this post.
FCP X now imports AVCHD at 50p or 60p. People can import 50p/60p AVCHD directly, without the need to use media converter or clip wrap. However, in some situations, users still need to transcode Panasonic HC-W570 1080-50p AVCHD footage for a faster and more fluid workflow. For example, if you didn’t keep the AVCHD folder structure intact, FCP X will refuse recognizing loose .mts clips shot with HC-W570. In this case, you will need to convert HC-W570 1080-50p MTS files to a format that is best suitable for editing in FCP X, such as Apple ProRes 422, which FCP X will recognize and handle well. Read on to learn a simple guide on how to encode HC-W570 1080-50p AVCHD to FCP X preferred editing codec.
Panasonic HC-W570 and FCP X – transcode HC-W570 1080-50p AVCHD footage to QuickTime .mov with ProRes codec for editing in FCP X
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional HC-W570 50p AVCHD 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 the ‘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 HC-W570 1080-50p AVCHD footage 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.
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