Convert/Edit Panasonic HC-X800 1080p AVCHD MTS to Final Cut Pro 6/7 on Mac OS X

Panasonic HC-X800 is one of the latest 3MOS camcorders. The camcorder encompasses 3 x CMOS sensors (ful 1080p capture) for near professional footage and a 12 x optical Leica Dicomar zoom lens. Blur free hand held images aided by the inclusion of the Hybrid OIS (optical stabiliser). The Panasonic X800 also features a high resolution 3.0″ LCD 460K-dot, AVCHD recording and a fantastic 16 Megapixel still image recording. The HC-X800 Black has dimensions of 63 x 68 x 134 mm, weighs 345g, and SDHC / SDXC memory cards compatibility. Storage of approx. 80mins of footage on a 16GB SDHC card. The HC-X800 HD camera stores videos in .mts format with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compression.

Final Cut Pro 7 is new released with powerful new features like expanded ProRes codecs, improved speed/XML interchange/media management, etc and some time-saving improvements like automatic transfer, easy export, and so on. However, this new released FCP 7 supports AVCHD with at 1080p 24/25/30, 1080i 50/60, 720p 24/25/30/50/60, so the 1080 60p/50p MTS/M2TS is still incompatible with Mac FCP 7 NOW!

So if you want to edit HC-X800 1080 60p/50p 28Mbps in Final Cut Pro 7, you are recommended to use Panasonic Video Converter for Mac, which is the superior Mac Panasonic 60p/50p MTS to FCP 7 converter for Snow Leopard. It does not only convert Panasonic 1080 60p/50p AVCHD to MOV on Mac, but also merges 1080 60p/50p MTS files for import into Final Cut Pro 7.

Here is the step-by-step guide for you to import and edit Panasonic HC-X800 60p/50p MTS to Final Cut Pro 7 on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X like Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard.

Step 1. Load AVCHD 1080 60p/50p videos to Panasonic Video Converter for Mac from UFUSoft.
After transferring .mts files from Panasonic HC-X800 camera, run AVCHD Converter for Mac as the best Mac 1080 60p/50p MTS to MOV converter, and click the “Add File” button to load .mts videos.

Step 2. Choose H.264/AVC MOV or ProRes 422 MOV output format.
Click the “Format” option, and choose HD Video or Common Video > H.264 MOV (AVC)(*.mov) for converting AVCHD videos from MTS to MOV with H.264/AVC as video codec for loading to Final Cut Studio. With this option, the output video will be kept as high definition 1920×1080. (You can also choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(HQ) (*.mov) as output format.

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Step 3. Merge Panasonic AVCHD files. (optional)
Select all the files and then click “Merge”, and the Panasonic HC-X800 1080 60p/50p MTS converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.

Step 4. Convert HC-X800 MTS to MOV for Final Cut Pro 7.
Click the convert button under the preview window, the Mac Panasonic MTS converter starts converting 1080 60p/50p MTS videos to H.246 .mov or ProRes .mov, and joining the MTS files for editing in Final Cut Pro 7.

After converting and merging the MTS files, just import the output files to Final Cut Pro 7 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.

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