Tricks for Import/Edit Panasonic TM700 50/60P videos into Final Cut Pro smoothly
In my oponion, since the FCP native format is ProRes, the best method to solve these problems is to convert Panasonic TM700 AVCHD 1080p 50p/60p footage to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro. Along with some help from a 3rd-party Pansonic AVCHD Converter. If you looking for a solution for this problem likewise, check out Pavtube's MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac which is entitled as a top Panasonic AVCHD 50p/60p MTS Converter. It supports encoding all Panasonic 1080p 50/60P AVCHD MTS files to Apple ProRes 422 so that you can easily import the Panasonic Camcorder recordings to Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 6, Final Cut Pro 7 for editing on Mac. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time.
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to transcode Panasonic TM700 AVCHD 50/60p MTS to Apple ProRes format for FCP editing with Mac OS X like Mountain Lion, Lion, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard.
Step 1: Free Download and install Panasonic 50/60p MTS to FCP Converter to your Mac. It's excellent Canon video converter which can convert nearly all canon cameras' videos to any formats you need, such as Apple Prores 422 MOV, Apple InterMediate Codec MOV, QuickTime MOV, etc.
Step 2: Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format.
Here we recommend the Apple ProRes 422. In the settings you will find Pavtube allows you to keep the original frame rate 50/60fbps in the final ProRes files.
Tips: Before you try to do the conversion, if you are also a FCP X user, please make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.
Convert Panasonic AG-HVX200 1080/60i MXF to ProRes for FCP 6/7/X
"I have a Panasonic P2 AG-HVX200 camcorder which records MXF footages, and I use L&T to load videos to FCP on Mac Mountain Lion 10.8. This way is easy to import but it is not good for editing, because it takes long time to render after the importing. How can I shorten the process? Is there a way to import Panasonic P2 MXF to Final Cut Pro without rendering? Thanks for help".
Panasonic's top of the line P2 cameras records up to 1920×1080, 10-bit 4:2:2 color sampling. Pansaoinc uses a 2.2 million pixel 3-CCD block and records using the new AVC-intra codec to capture true native 1080p images at 24p, 25p & 30p frame rates. This codec, thanks to a low compression ratio at a video bit rate of 100 Mbps (1080/59.94i, 720/59.94p) and the easy-to-edit intra-frame compression system, is suitable for recording fast-moving subjects with no motion artifacts other than motion blur.
However, the P2 MXF does not seem to work in Final Cut Pro well. Although it is reported that the "log and transfer" can help import the MXF files, stored onto the P2 card, actually there still exists some problems causing error when importing AG-HVX200 1080/60i MXF to FCP 6/7/X. A better workflow is to convert Panasonic AG-HVX200 1080/60i MXF to Apple ProRes 422 first, as it is the best codec for FCP editing. Below is the simple step-by-step guide for P2 camcorder users to keep and maintain 1080/50 mbps or 100 mbps from Panasonic AG-HVX200/AJ-HPX3000 MXF to Apple ProRes for FCP on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion.
Cut and Transcode Panasonic AG-HVX200/AJ-HPX3000 MXF to Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro editing
1. Backup your P2 MXF files structure to local computer.
Pavtube Media Magician for Mac offers an easy introduction to video editing with support for color adjustment, themes, easy to use effects, a simplistic timeline view and built-in camcorder wizard foringesting video from camera/camcorder. Moreover, this smart app even exports intermediate codecs and professionals can export ProRes and DNxHD for further post-production in FCP, Avid, Adobe AE, etc.
Step 1: Run Media Magician for Mac. To load stored MXF clips on your computer's HDD, you can choose to "Import Media Files" or "Import Media Folder" to browse and load your source files from computer.
Step 2: Organize and edit Panasonic AG-HVX200 MXF videos in timeline. Drag and drop the MXF videos to timeline. Here you can remove unwanted .mxf clips, trim out unwanted frames from specific clip by frame-accurate, and put them into the right order for merging. Use the scissor icon to do frames trimming.
Step 3: Choose "Output" on the top of main interface to switch it to output interface.
Step 4: Choose Apple ProRes codec as output format. For importing Panasonic P2 video to FCP, follow the steps to set Apple ProRes 422 preset:
1. Move your mouse to Editor, click on the tab.
2. Select "Final Cut Pro" group.
3. The default output format for FCP is Apple ProRes 422. To use other codec in the ProRes family, just select the desire codec (ProRes LT, Pro, HD, ProRes 4444) from the drop-down list of "Format" bar. Set bitrate and frame rate if necessary.
Step 5: Export Apple ProRes video for FCP 7/FCP X. Press the plus sign (+) to add task for conversion. Select the task(s) and click on the triangle sign to start encoding Sony MXF to Apple ProRes 422 MOV.
Step 6: After converting and merging the Panasonic P2 AVC-Intra MXF files, just import Apple ProRes 422 MOV to Final Cut Pro. In Final Cut Pro, follow pull-down menu- File/Import/Files… to import converted Panasonic P2 AVC-Intra MXF footage to FCP 6/7/X without rendering.