Mac 60p AVCHD Converter | Panasonic X920 60p AVCHD to iMovie

Summary: This post is mainly talking about how to convert 60p AVCHD (*.mts) files from Panasonic X920 to QuickTime MOV format with Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) for use in Apple iMovie.
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iMovie refused reading AVCHD 60p files from Panasonic X920
“Hey, guys, I’m strictly an amateur hobbyist hoping to make some good videos for a hugely popular blog. Right now I need a program to convert the AVCHD 60p clips from my recently purchased Panasonic x920 to a Mac friendly format for editing in iMovie’11. I also have Premiere Elements 11, but have some issues with it and haven’t used it much. Anyone know a good 60p AVCHD Converter for Mac? I would really appreciate any help. Thank you so much!”

If you are trying to import and edit Panasonic X920 60p AVCHD files in Apple iMovie’8/9/11, you may get down. That’s because these versions of iMovie do not have native support for 1080/60p files in AVCHD format. If that’s the case, you can use HD Video Converter for Mac to transcode them to an iMovie friendly format like AIC .mov before editing.

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Panasonic 60p AVCHD Converter for Mac

How to convert Panasonic X920 60p AVCHD to iMovie editable file format?

To do this:
convert Panasonic X920 60p AVCHD to iMovie

Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Panasonic 60p AVCHD Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie
For the purpose of converting Panasonic X920 60p AVCHD MTS files for use in iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.

The AIC format is also suitable for editing in Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro (HD 4.5 through 5), but rarely used in Final Cut Pro as of Version 6 since it now uses the ProRes codecs instead of the Apple Intermediate Codec.
Panasonic X920 60p MTS to AIC MOV conversion
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 (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: Click ‘Convert’ to start Panasonic X920 60p MTS to AIC MOV conversion.

Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated QuickTime AIC files for use in iMovie with optimum performance.

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