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Panasonic ZS20/TZ30 Compatibility issue with iMovie: Imput/Import Lumix ZS20/TZ30 1080/60p AVCHD MTS to iMovie Editing

Thanks to the Panasonic Lumix ZS20(Lumix DMC-TZ30)′s optically stabilized 20X-optical-zoom lens, it is capable of reaching from 24mm wide-angle to 480mm telephoto, and boast a newly designed 14-megapixel CMOS sensor which is capable of supporting a handful of new features. The new imager comes with a couple of noise reduction features, resulting in crisper shots, while the speedier, 120-frames-per-second autofocus system is capable of locking in on objects within a tenth of a second. Not only that, it can shoot 1080p AVCHD video at 60 fps, in addition to 1080p MP4 recording at 30 fps.


One of my friend has a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20/TZ30, which is the best camcorder as he thought. He captured many videos with his ZS20/TZ30, and he wants to edit the AVCHD recording with iMovie thus he can share the videos with us and upload video on the website. But while he trying to imput Panasonic ZS20 1080/60P AVCHD to iMovie, the iMovie 8/9/11 can not compitable well with these AVCHD files.

So I also tried to do a test about editing Lumix ZS20/TZ30 1080/60p clips in iMovie on my iMac. The movie is just a short one (about 1 minute) and can be downloaded in the original 1920x1080, 60 fps, mp4 version from that link (80MB). The versions as displayed on Vimeo (both HD and SD) are only at 30 fps, not 60 fps. Speaking here, some users would have the confusion that iMovie cannot handle 1080/60p AVCHD files well. How do I make the test in it? Here is the preparation I made.

In fact, I just download a top Mac Panasonic ZS20/TZ30 AVCHD Converter for iMovie then install and run it on my Mac. Look at the following detailed steps
Step 1. Copy AVCHD folder from the SD card onto hard disk, then drag the .mts files from the "Stream" folder to this top Mac AVCHD Converter.

Step 2. Click "Format" button , then select "iMovie and Final Cut Express>Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)" as the best output format for iMovie.

Step 3. Click the “Settings” icon to set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 keeping the best quality for importing DMC-ZS20 .mts in iMovie on Mac for further editing.(iMovie can not always successfully recognize footages at 60fps or 50fps so far.)

Step 4. Click the “Convert” button to transfer Panasonic ZS20/TZ30 60p MTS to AIC .mov for iMovie on Mac immediately.Before conversion, you can make some settings or editings like merging videos, trimming videos, adding watermark and so on.

And after the short conversion, you can get the output MOV files for iMovie. These MOV files can be directly imported into iMovie for editing, BUT first it is very important to change the iMovie '09 internal preferences so as to preserve the 60fps progressive. Then, the test will go on wheels.

Tips for Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20(Lumix DMC-TZ30) AVCHD Converter
The Panasonic AVCHD Converter is also a useful and wonderful converting tool for importing Panasonic ZS20/TZ30 1080/60p files to Final Cut Pro, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, etc. If you are interested and want to get more info, please browse MTS Converter for Mac for more details.

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Geraldine Gossard 10/12/2013

Thank you so much for that post ... you save me from a two day headache here !

shruti 10/05/2014

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