Unveiled at CES 2015, Panaonsonic Lumix TZ70 is a superzoom camera which you can fit into your coat pocket. The shooting mode is of course AVCHD, which is a MP3G-4 AVC/H.264 standard format, for many NLEs like FCP X, this AVCHD may not such friendly one. So is there any solution to make this TZ70 AVCHD to Final Cut Pro as ProRes for editing?
Actually, if you don't want to trasnscode your raw TZ70 AVCHD files to ProRes, when you load into FCP X, it will do the transcode job for you at the backstage. During the conversion step by FCP X itself, some unknown problems will pop up that leave you into totally confusion. In order to make the editing progress smoothly, you can do this transcode step ahead.
Here recommend you this Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, which regards as the easiest AVCHD to ProRes converter in the market. You can load your TZ70 AVCHD into this converter directly, thanks to the inner codec, easy loading as you can see. Multiple presets in the format list for you to choose, especially for FCP newbie, to save setting time and ease the conversion.
Make Panasonic Lumix TZ70 AVCHD to Final Cut Pro X as ProRes for Editing
Step 1. Launch this converter on your Mac
Free download this converter on your Mac and even on the Yosemite, it can run smoothly. The only difference between retail version and the trail version is the watermark "Pavtube" in the generated files.
After the installation, click this "File">"Add Video/Audio" to load TZ70 AVCHD files into this app.
Some users may encounter the "unidentified developer" during the installation, don't worry about it, just follow these steps and everything will be OK:
1. Launch System Preferences from the Apple menu
2. Choose "Security & Privacy" and then click the "General" tab, followed by clicking the lock icon in the corner to unlock the settings
3. Look for "Allow applications downloaded from" and choose "Mac App Store and identified developers"
4. Accept the security warning and allow
5. You can now launch any app from any location or developer
This setting will not make your Mac vulnerable, but if you do concern about the security problem, then you can reset your settings to original ones after the installation.
Step 2. Choose ProRes for TZ70 AVCHD to load into FCP X
After successfully loading your TZ70 AVCHD files, then click the "Format" bar to choose "Final Cut Pro">"Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as your output format, which turns out the native format for FCP X.
Some new users of FCP X will wonder, as there are so many ProRes codec to choose, which one is the best. Actually, this is depend on your aims of your converted files. If you can't decide which one to choose, then you can go to this "Differences among Apple ProRes codec" article to make sure before doing the decision.
Step 3. Adjust A/V parameters for loading TZ70 AVCHD to FCP X as ProRes
If you want to make some parameters adjustment, click this "Settings" to do this job. Honestly, the default settings are already the most suitable for loading into FCP X. But Bit rate, Frame rate, Size (pix), etc, can be adjusted. And also you can see the detailed generated file information in the below table.
Step 4. Start to convert TZ70 AVCHD for FCP X as ProRes 422 (*.mov)
After setting the file location, click this "Convert" in the main UI and start to transcode TZ70 AVCHD to ProRes for FCP X editing.
If you have multiple clips to convert, batch conversion is possible, but the maximum conversion number at one time is four.
For newbie, how to transfer media files into FCP X can be learned here for them to master FCP X better.
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