Summary: What to do if AVCHD footage from aPanasonic HC-X900M camera caused you numerous errors (video, sound and images) while editing in iMovie? In our experience, you will need to convert Panasonic HC-X900M AVCHD to a Mac friendly format before editing. This post will show you how to transform HC-X900M MTS files to AIC .mov for use in iMovie with optimum performance.
Required converting AVCHD footage from Panasonic HC-X900M for editing in iMovie
“I teach video production/Media Arts in High school and I needed a converter for AVCHD files. My AVCHD footage is from a student’s Panasonic HC-X900M camcorder. I required converting them for editing in iMovie. I Googled Panasonic HC-X900M AVCHD Converter and got quite a few options but none of them could do what I wanted – they produced files with terrible quality or with audio/video out of sync issue. Can anyone kindly recommend a reliable converter that would do what I needed with good quality? Thanks a lot for your help.”
If your most concern thing is good output quality, you can give Video Converter for Mac a shot. It is ease of use and can convert AVCHD footage to AIC for iMovie/FCE, or transcode AVCHD files to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP with lossless quality. Read a user review before try:
"I had an orphan MTS video that I could not convert no matter what I did to it, so I thought this will try your Video Converter for Mac out. Away we went and very quickly I must say, and the result, well it was very high quality and no synch problems. I really was impressed and I wish I could afford other software in your range because if they worked as well as the Video Converter I would not need half the rubbish I have purchased in the past. I like its ease of use and how you can save it for iMovie/Final Cut Express or convert to apple prores 422 for FCP."
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It is easy to use and supports many different formats. Picture quality is very good for HD conversions. It will do what you want at a reasonable price.
Panasonic HC-X900M and iMovie workflow – how to convert HC-X900M AVCHD footage to MOV for use in iMovie?
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Panasonic HC-X900M AVCHD to iMovie Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
Step 2: From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
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 HC-X900M AVCHD video to AIC MOV conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start Panasonic HC-X900M AVCHD to iMovie 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. The AIC files can also be used in Final Cut Express with optimum performance.
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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