Panasonic HDC-SD900 features a 3.5-inch touchscreen, f/1.5 Leica Dicomar lens and 3D capability, with the optional conversion lens. The SD900 records at full 1920×1080 (60p/50p) HD and is supposed to have a reduction in low-light noise by 45 per cent over the previous Panasonic camcorder range. The HDC-SD900 HD camera stores videos in .mts format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression.
Final Cut Pro X, the latest version of video-editing software geared for professionals from a company increasingly focused on mainstream consumers. Final Cut Pro X is a follow-up to Final Cut Pro X, software Apple released in 2009 as part of Final Cut Studio. Like Apple’s newly released of Mac OS X Lion, Final Cut Pro X was only be available to customers through the Mac App Store. However, this new released FCP X does not support well with Panasonic HDC-SD900 1080 60p/50p AVCHD Videos.
So if you want to edit SD900 1080 60p/50p 28Mbps in Final Cut Pro X, you are recommended to use Panasonic Video Converter for Mac, which is the superior Mac Panasonic 60p/50p MTS to FCP X converter for Mountain Lion, Lion or Snow Leopard. It does not only convert Panasonic 1080 60p/50p AVCHD to Prores 422 MOV or H.264 MOV on Mac, but also merges 1080 60p/50p MTS files for import into Final Cut Pro X.
Here is the step-by-step guide for you to import and edit Panasonic HDC-SD900 60p/50p MTS to Prores 422 MOV or H.264 MOV for Final Cut Pro X on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X like Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, Leopard, Tiger.
Step 1. Load AVCHD 1080 60p/50p videos to Panasonic Video Converter for Mac.
After transferring .mts files from Panasonic HDC-SD900 camera, run UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac as the best Mac 1080 60p/50p MTS to ProRes MOV converter, and click the “Add File” button to load .mts videos.
Step 2. Choose Prores 422 MOV or H.264/AVC MOV output format.
Click the “Format” option, choose the Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 video (*.mov) or HD video > HD MOV Video (*.mov) as output format. And navigate to the Final Cut Pro group, you will notice that there are profiles with Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Apple ProRes 422(LT), Apple ProRes 422(Proxy). Here we choose Apple ProRes 422(HQ) (*.mov) as output format. (The Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) codec is intended for offline editing and contains 30 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422, and I recommend you to select Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Apple ProRes 422(LT) MOV for outputting.)
Step 3. Merge Panasonic AVCHD files. (optional)
Select all the files and then click “Merge”, and the Panasonic HDC-SD900 1080 60p/50p MTS converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.
Step 4. Convert HDC-SD900 MTS to MOV for Final Cut Pro X.
Click the convert button under the preview window, the Mac Panasonic MTS converter starts converting 1080 60p/50p MTS videos to ProRes MOV or H.246 .mov, and joining the MTS files for editing in Final Cut Pro X.
After converting and merging the MTS files, just import the output files to Final Cut Pro X and the video is in HD 1920×1080. You can also import the output videos to Final Cut Express (FCE) 4 for editing in full HD.
If you are using Final Cut Pro 5 or lower version, ProRes is not the best format for you. However, you can choose HD video > HD MOV Video (*.mov) as output format for editing on Mac.