Panasonic HC-W570 workflow in iMovie – edit HC-W570 AVCHD in iMovie

If you are in search of a way to transcode Panasonic AVCHD footage for use in iMovie, you are in the right place. This post will guide you through the process of converting Panasonic AVCHD files to Apple InterMediate Codec for editing in iMovie fluently.
transcode Panasonic AVCHD for iMovie
The Panasonic HC-W570 camcorder features Full HD recording capability, both in AVCHD and MP4 formats. Video can be recorded at up to 1,920 x 1,080 at 50 progressive frames per second (1080/50p). Unlike some Panasonic camcorders, the data rate options top out at 28Mbits/sec for both AVCHD and MP4 – there isn’t a 50Mbits/sec setting. With MP4, there are also 720p and iFrame (960 x 540) resolutions available.

The HC-W570 is listed as one of the camcorders that supported by Apple iMovie. However, in some situations (for example, you didn’t keep the original AVCHD folder structure), users still need to transcode HC-W570 footage for a faster and more fluid workflow. Read on to learn a quick guide on how to convert HC-W570 AVCHD .mts clips to AIC .mov for iMovie editing.

[Guide] How to encode HC-W570 AVCHD files to AIC .mov for use in iMovie smoothly?

Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter for Mac
convert Panasonic AVCHD files to Apple InterMediate Codec

The steps:
Step 1: Open up HD Video Converter for Mac as a Panasonic HC-W570 AVCHD Converter for iMovie. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
encode HC-W570 AVCHD .mts clips to AIC .mov for iMovie

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie
To convert HC-W570 AVCHD video files for iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. This codec is also suitable for use in the discontinued FCE.
Panasonic HC-W570 AVCHD Converter for iMovie
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 HC-W570 AVCHD video files to AIC MOV Conversion on Mac
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files for editing in iMovie with optimum performance.
Tips: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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