Working with AVCHD MTS video from Panasonic ZS40 in iMovie

Summary: Are you filming with Panasonic Lumix ZS40 and editing ZS40 AVCHD footage in iMovie on Mac platform? If so, you may have problems while editing 1080/60p MTS video from Panasonic ZS40 in iMovie. This post displays how to convert Lumix ZS40 AVCHD footage to Apple InterMediate Codec for use in iMovie with best quality.

Needed a 1080/60p Mac Video Converter for iMovie
“Howdy, I am a free artist, originally (semi professional) photographer, but in the last years more and more enhancing my spectrum of ways to express… painting, producing eZines and spiritual literature. I started the video project last year (with an old DV Camera that soon became defective) and since August this year I work with the Panasonic Lumix ZS40. Currently I film with Panasonic ZS40 at 1080/60p in AVCHD format and use iMovie to edit ZS40 60p MTS clips on my MacBook Pro. The thing is that iMovie can not work with ZS40 60p videos smoothly, so I’m looking for a 1080/60p Mac Video Converter for iMovie to make things easier. I googled a lot, but could not find a converter that is capable of encoding 60p ZS40 AVCHD footage to an iMovie friendly format with acceptable quality. Can you or somebody PLEASE tell me how to solve that problem? Thanks.”
Panasonic ZS40
Well, via using Video Converter for Mac program, you are able to transcode Panasonic ZS40 MTS files to AIC MOV, iMovie’s favorite editing codec in an easy way with lossless quality.

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Panasonic ZS40 AVCHD to iMovie Converter for Mac
Working well as a Panasonic ZS40 AVCHD to iMovie Converter for Mac, the Video Converter is very simple and straightforward – it doesn’t try to do too much – it just does what it’s designed to do and that’s it – and it does it very well.

iMovie and Panasonic ZS40 workflow – how to convert Panasonic ZS40 AVCHD MTS files to MOV for use in iMovie smoothly?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Panasonic TZ60 Video Converter for iMovie. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
iMovie and Panasonic ZS40 workflow

Step 2: From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
convert Lumix ZS40 AVCHD footage to Apple InterMediate Codec
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 ZS40 MTS to MOV conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start Panasonic ZS40 1080/60p AVCHD to QuickTime 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 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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