Summary: Like most NLE applications, Final Cut Express can not recognize loose MTS video files as import natively. If you need to import and edit AVCHD files shot on an AVCHD camcorder like Panasonic HC-X920 in FCE, you will need to transcode HC-X920 AVCHD MTS files to an intermediate codec that is best suited for FCE in advance. If you are looking for the best AVCHD and FCE workflow, you can read this post to get what you need.
I have a need to convert Panasonic HC-X920 AVCHD files for use in FCE
”Howdy, I’m a Final Cut Express user and like it as an edit package. Recently, my client delivered me some separate MTS clips taken with a Panasonic HC-X920 camcorder. Unfortunately, FCE can not accept these AVCHD files as import. I think I need to convert them to a format that is compatible with FCE, such as QuickTime MOV. The thing is that I don’t have such a Panasonic AVCHD Converter for FCE installed on my Mac platform, and my other converters can not do what I needed. Can anybody kindly recommend a reliable converter for me? Thanks a lot for your help.”
To be able to use Panasonic HC-X920 MTS clips in FCE, you can give Video Converter for Mac a shot. It works well as a Panasonic AVCHD to FCE Converter, and features great ability to convert Panasonic HC-X920 AVCHD footage to Apple InterMediate Codec MOV for working with FCE with optimum performance.
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AVCHD and FCE workflow – convert HC-X920 MTS to AIC MOV for FCE editing
Follow these steps：
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Panasonic HC-X920 Video Converter for Mac. 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 X920 MTS to FCE AIC conversion
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 with Final Cut Express. The AIC files can be accepted by iMovie as well.
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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