Top MTS to FCP Converter for Converting Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD files to Final Cut Pro X ProRes 422 for easy editing




"Panasonci AG-HMC150 is a 1080p Hi-Def camera that shoots amazing images. I really love this camera. I think it's awesome and easy to use. I prefer panasonic over other cameras like sony or JVC. It has a nice film like quality to it. Now it's hard to compare a video camera to a 35mm film camera but I was surprised by the shallow Depth of Field I was able to achieve. The Dynamic Range on this camera was also pretty impressive looking at how far into the blacks you can see. It also shoots 720p at 60 frames per second so you can achieve true slow motion when you slow it back to 24 fps on playback."


One of my friends currently uses Adobe Premiere Pro for editing but he ordered FCP X because everyone there at work is using that for video editing. He told me he was regretting that decision as he was totally new to Final Cut Pro, When he opened FCP X on Mac, the footages cannot be recognized. He had searched the method and tried the Log and Transfer, but still failed, so he asked me is there any easy way to get files in FCP X from HMC150?

Final Cut Pro is a great software, which is the most popular NLE software. We can use Log and Transfer or Log and Capture to import videos, images, ect to FCP for editing, thus you can conveniently upload your videos to websites for sharing with friends and family members or burn the files to DVD/BD for different usage.But AVCHD is not the friendly format for Final Cut Pro, including FCP 6/7 and the latest FCP X. Apple ProRes is the most compatible codec for editing in FCP. After upgrading to Final Cut Pro 7, there are five ProRes codecs working with FCP, which are Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov), Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov), Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov), Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) (*.mov) and ProRes 4444 (*.mov) for you to choose from according to your needs.

So if we want to edit HMC150 AVCHD on Final Cut Pro X, it is necessary for us to convert those already shot AVCHD files from HMC150 to .mov files using a third-party software like ".MTS to .MOV Converter", and the converter you are looking for should better have all the five options included.

These are usually many very cheap or even free AVCHD Converters on the market, you may download several trial versions to try. To make it easier, I recommended you to try Brorsoft AVCHD to FCP Converter, which is a professional video convert tool for Mac users to transcode AVCHD to ProRes 422 for FCP so that you can do editing with least quality loss.

Tutorial on converting Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCHD to Final Cut Pro X(FCP X) in 4 simple steps.



Step 1. Connect your Panasonic AG-HMC150 to your Apple with USB2.0. Launch the MTS Converter for Mac, then click the adding button to import your AVCHD 1080i MTS/M2TS files.

Step 2. Click the Format bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get the Apple ProRes codecs, including ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy) and ProRes 4444. Choose the proper one you want.

Tip: the main difference betweem the five ProRes codecs:

a. ProRes 422 (HQ): offers the utmost possible quality for 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 sources and provides target data rate of approximately 220 Mbps and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422;
b. ProRes 422: provides target data rate of approximately 145 Mbps and higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);
c. ProRes 422 (LT): provides roughly 70 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (thus, smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422) and higher quality than ProRes 422 (Proxy);
d. ProRes 422 (Proxy): provides roughly 30 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 and high-quality offline editing at the original frame size, frame rate, and aspect ratio;
e. ProRes 4444: offers the utmost possible quality for 4:4:4 sources and roughly 50 percent higher than the data rate of Apple ProRes 422 (HQ).

Step 3. Press the “Settings” icon and you’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for editing Panasonic AG-HMC150 footages in FCP X with best quality.

Step 4. Before start the conversion, please make sure you’ve check off the Deinterlacing box following Edit > Effect as below screen shot shows. Then hit the Convert button in the main interface to start the HMC150 AVCHD to FCP ProRes conversion on Mac OS X.




After the 1080p AVCHD to Apple ProRes conversion, you can run the Final Cut Pro and click File --> Import --> Files to import the converted files and edit them in FCP without any rendering or unrecognizable problem. In addition, if you want to make your Panasonic HMC150 files editable in iMovie, FCE, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, etc. the AVCHD Converter will also a great choice for you.

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