How to import .mts clips from Panasonic HDC-MDH1 into Final Cut Pro X?

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Summary: Facing issues when importing Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD MTS media files to Final Cut Pro X for editing? The easy workaround is to convert MTS to ProRes codec with a professional AVCHD converter Mac. Below is how.

Panasonic‘s HDC-MDH1 AVCHD PAL Camcorder is a shoulder-mount HD camera with a pro-style form factor that gives you added comfort and stability during long handheld shoots. Capable of capturing full HD 1920 x 1080 or downconverted standard-definition 576i video, the camera provides the versatility and convenience necessary for getting your shots the way you want them. A tiltable viewfinder and touchscreen LCD screen help you compose with ease, while the 16.8x optical/23x Intelligent zoom lens gets you as close to the action as you’re likely to need. At the same time, a built-in zoom microphone follows the lens’ lead, making sure that what you see is also what you hear. But so many users are facing some frustrating result when importing Panasonic HDC-MDH1 footage into FCP X. The basic reason is that AVCHD MTS  is not a fully supported format by Final Cut Pro.

To make it easier for editing Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD videos on FCP X, you’d better to transcode Panasonic AVCHD to Apple ProRes first, as it is the best codec for Final Cut Pro editing. Below is the simple step-by-step guide for Panasonic camcorder users: using UFUSoft Panasonic AVCHD Converter for Mac to convert Panasonic HDC-MDH1 MTS to ProRes 422 for FCP on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks. Download it and get the full guide below to have a smooth editing with the HDC-MDH1 footage in Final Cut Pro X.

Full Guide: Encode AVCHD MTS footage from Panasonic HDC-MDH1 to ProRes 422

Step 1: Transfer AVCHD .mts files to Hard drive

Connect your Panasonic HDC-MDH1 Camcorder to iMac with USB 2.0 cable or use card reader to transfer the AVCHD.mts files to Apple hard drive disk.

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Step 2: Add MTS files to this top AVCHD MTS to ProRes Converter

Launch UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac, and click the “Add Files” button to load .mts videos for converting.

Step 3: Choose Apple ProRes 422 codec for Final Cut Pro X 

Tap on “Format”> Final Cut Pro, Apple PreRes 422(HQ), Apple PreRes 422, Apple ProRes 422(LT), etc are all the proper choice for you. Note: If you are a FCP 6 or former version user, you only can choose ProRes 422 and ProRes 422 HQ as the output format.

Tip: You can click “settings” button to adjust the output video’s parameters, such as resolution, bitrate, etc. 1920*1080 video size and 30fps(25 fps for original 50i files) video frame rate is recommended.

Step 4: Convert Panasonic HDC-MDH1 MTS to ProRes 422 MOV for FCP X

Click the “Convert” button and the Mac AVCHD MTS Video converter would start transcoding Panasonic HDC-MDH1 AVCHD MTS videos to Apple ProRes 422 MOV on Mac OS X immediately.

After conversion, tap “Open” icon in the main interface to locate result video. Launch FCP X, and go to “File > Import > Files…” to import converted MTS footages to FCP project with easy editing.

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