Part 1: What to do when HD camcorder video is compatible with Final Cut Pro?
Connect HD camcorder to your Mac and it shows up as a drive on the desktop.
Hit Cmd-Shift-8 to open the Log and Transfer window (FCP 6 or above).
The clips in HD camcorder will be ready for being imported to FCP for editing.
The Correct Way to Ingest and Import AVCHD to Final Cut Pro 7
Part 2: Solution when HD camcorder videos are not recognizable by Final Cut Pro.
“I’m shooting with a Panasonic Lumix TZ40. I want to edit these MTS clips in FCP 6, while it seems that FCP 6 doesn’t accept them at all. I don’t want to have quality loss and want to maintain the original image resolution. What application and settings would you recommend?”
“I’m new to FCP 7 and sorry for an obvious question. I’m using a Panasonic Lumix ZS30 that records in MTS files. I assume I need to convert these MTS video formats to edit in FCP 7. Which software can do this better?”
You may find that Final Cut Pro 6/7 is very picky in importing videos, for example, one can import AVCHD files using camera import, but can't import them by selecting the single .mts video clips. Please look at the chart below.
If you want to work with AVCHD recordings in Final Cut Pro, the first thing you need to do is transcoding AVCHD mts files to Apple ProRes mov codec on Mac Yosemite or Mavericks . Of course, to do the video conversion, you need a professional app. Here the professional Mac AVCHD to FCP converter is strongly recommended. Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac can solve these problems for its lossless conversion. With it, just in a few clicks you could successfully import AVCHD footage to FCP 6/7 from Panasonic Lumix TZ40/ZS30 camera.
Tips: If you used to use Windows edit software like Windows Movie Maker, Avid Media Composer, Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere Pro, Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter is also available. Want more information related to MTS conversion?
How to transcode Panasonic TZ40/ZS30 MTS to ProRes 422 for FCP 6/7 editing on Yosemite?
Step 1: Download this best MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac
Install and run it as the best Panasonic MTS to FCP 6/7 converter. Click the “Add video” button to load Panasonic Lumix TZ40/ZS30 MTS videos. “Add from Folder” and put your MTS videos into it by drag and drop are both OK.
Step 2: Select “Apple ProRes 422” as output video format compatible with FCP 6/7
Click the drop-down list in the format line to get the format box. Then choose “Final Cut Pro>>Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format.
Tips: Types and differences of Apple ProRes Codec
Step 3: Adjust the output video’s parameters as you want
Click “Settings” button and you can change the size, the bit rate, the codec for getting the perfect effects.
Tips: If needed, edit function is absolutely necessary in adjustment. Just click the pencil-like icon. You can cut the whole video into several pieces according to your preference. Equally, you can combine pieces of videos into an integrated one. What’s more? Anywhere you don’t want can be removed. Turn bottom to top or left to right are both realizable. Functions like text watermarks, image and video watermarks, effect, audio editor, subtitle and etc. are all included. Why not make a comparison between original preview and output preview? I believe that you’ll be surprised after seeing the attractive effects made by our video converter.
Step 4: Convert MTS video files for FCP 6/7
Click the “Convert” button to start converting TZ40/ZS30 MTS video files to Apple ProRes 422 on Mac Yosemite. After conversion, you can edit MTS files from Panasonic Lumix TZ40/ZS30 in FCP 6/7 smoothly.
Conclusion: After the conversion is done, launch FCP 6/7 and click “File>>Import>>Files” to easily load your footages.
What are you waiting for? Just follow the steps above and have a try!