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How to get Panasonic Lumix GH3 60p MOV/MTS to iMovie for editing

January 31 2013

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 features a 17.02MP Micro 4/3 Digital Live MOS sensor and a 4-CPU Venus Engine, which enable the GH3 to capture high resolution JPEG and RAW stills as well as intricately detailed HD video. The most important is taht it supports several video recording formats:

QuickTime:[Full HD] 1080 60p/30p/24p, HD 720p

AVCHD Progressive(.mts/.m2ts):[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60p

AVCHD(.mts/.m2ts):[Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 60i,24p

MP4: [Full HD] 1,920 x 1,080, 30fps, [HD] 1,280 x 720, 30fps, [VGA] 640 x 480, 30fps

We like shooting and playing HD MTS and MOV videos at 60p, but we can't get an enjoyment on editing these 60p footgaes. Apple inc. has said that iMovie doesn't support 1080 60p nonstandard format. It means that if you are planning to transfer the 60p .mov and .mts videos to iMovie for editing, you will meet the incompatible issues. For example "I have a Mac and had a problem with my software, iMovie, recognizing my QuickTime/MTS 60P movies from my Panasonic GH3. Turns out to be a software limitation. Could it be something like that? I bet a .mov would come in no problem."

So we can't directly or natively copy any 60p .mov, .mts and m2ts file to iMovie, we can convert the formats to a comfortable format before before working with iMovie. Here we recommend you the all-in-one Video Converter for Mac, applying which, you can transcode Panasonic GH3 AVCHD 60p movies to iMovie most compatible AIC .mov format and tweak the 60p frame rate to 30p for easily recognized by iMovie on your Mac OS X. Of course, you also can use it to transcode any video to any other format.

1. Launch the convert tool after the installation, and then load your H.264 .mov, .mts or .m2ts files to it to converting. If you want, you can merge several AVCHD clips by ticking “Merge into one” box.

2. Click "Format" bar to choose the output format. Click and choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express--> Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)" as the best output format for iMovie.

3. Tap "settings" icon to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want. Set video size as 1920*1080, video frame rate as 30fps is better (If the original recordings are 1080 50p, 25fps will be advised).

4. Click convert button and start to convert Panasonic GH3 60p MTS/MOV recording to iMovie favorable AIC .mov on Mac OS X.

After the Lumix GH3 60P MTS Mac conversion, tap “Open” to find the output file, then you can import GH3 1080 60p files into iMovie for editing easily on your Mac.

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Ingest Canon XF305 MXF videos to Adobe PPro CS4 for editing

January 29 2013

Along with the XF300, the XF305 Professional Camcorder represents Canon's entry into professional solid state video acquisition. It uses Canon's newly developed MPEG-2 4:2:2 codec, HD technology, to record Full HD video to widely available CF cards. It is on the market for more two years, but some users are new to it because of the high compression MPEG-2 MXF format. It doesn't work well with many NLEs sometimes, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, FCP, iMovie, etc.

After testing, we know the Adobe PPro CS4 can't edit XF305 videos both on Mac OS X and Windows. Then if you are planning to copy your XF305 files to CS4 for editing, what tool will you use to make your CS4 recognise MXF files? In fact you need a top MXF Converte to help u to reformat MXF to Adobe Premiere video format, like MPEG-2, MOV. First, please free download Brorosft MXF Converter.

Step 1: Connect Canon XF305 to your computer, you also can insert CF card into computer. Luanch the convert program and import MXF files to it.

Tips: You can not simply report the .mxf video files to the converter, or the MXF video would loss some metadata, such as sound.

Step 2: Select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as export. Then you can click the Settings to go to the Profile Settings to change the default seetings according to your need. It is one of my favorite part.

1. You’d better set the video frame rate as 30fps or 29.97fps, video size as 1920*1080 if you attach great importance to high quality and keep Stereo to get the best quality for editing in Adobe Premiere.
2. The original 60i recordings will look interlaced in Adobe Premiere, remember to deinterlace imported MXF files in Video Editing.

Step 3: Click the “Convert” button and it will transcode Canon XF305 1080p MXF files to Adobe Premiere compatible video format, MPEG-2(*.mpg) immediately. The CUDA/AMD accerlaeration will speed up the conversion process 3~5X. You will get the HD video files in a much less time.

As soon as the conversion is 100% completed, you can add the converted video files into Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 without any problem.

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How to imput Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD clips to FCP 7 for editing

January 23 2013

Though Canon VIXIA HF M500 is old for some users, it is still a excellent Full HD Camcorder. It is a 1920 x 1080 high def cam with an SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot that supports up to 64GB memory cards. With this much storage space it's possible to record for several hours. Plus, the camera's 1/3" HD CMOS Pro Sensor and image processor work together to provide stunningly detailed, life-like images that look great on your HDTV. Of course, these two don't work alone: the HF M500 also employs a genuine Canon 10x HD video lens, optical image stabilization, powered image stabilization and a 3.0" widescreen touch screen LCD display, among other great features.

However, if your are new to AVCHD or FCP, you may meet some troubles if you try to imput VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD footages to Final Cut Pro 7 for further editing. In general, we can use Canon Log and Transfer to help us to transcode and import AVCHD to FCP 7, but the Plugin often doesn't work well due to the compressed format AVCHD. To successfully import and edit Canon VIXIA HF M500 clips with FCP 7, you'd better use the professional AVCHD Converter for FCP 7 to encode AVCHD to ProRes 422 with quality as you need.

Step 1. Launch the best MTS Converter, click the button “File” to addHF M500 HD files to it. If you want to merge several files, just need to check the “Merge into one” box.

Step 2. Click on the “Format” and get the dropdown menu, then move you pointer to “Final Cut Pro”, and choose one. Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you need.

A. If you want the files to be in smaller size, you can select Apple ProRes 422(LT)(*mov) or Apple ProRes 422(*mov) option.
B. If your files size is at SD levels, you are advised to choose Apple ProRes 422(Proxy)(*mov), which is recommended for 480i/p and 576i/p shootings as well.

Step 3. Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p) freely.

Step 4. Click the “Convert” button, it will start transcoding Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD to FCP 7 on Mac. After the fast conversion, you can imput and edit AVCHD shootings in FCP 7.

Tip: Bedfore the conversion, you also can click “Edit”, you can find the AVCHD Covnerter for Mac is also a top Video Editor, you can deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop videos etc.
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Solve Sony Handycam HDR-XR260V recorded AVCHD clips to iMovie importing issues

January 8 2013

Sony Handycam HDR-XR260V is a very popular camcorder for people. With its innovative Golf Shot mode, we can record your next power swing and take it back to the club pro for a quick critique later. It might not save you this round, but look to shave some strokes down the line. It can record MPEG4-AVC/H.264 AVCHD 2.0 Full HD video up to 60fps(1080/60p:original format). Thou it is excellent for shotting video, its recorded AVCHD file is not a good editing format.

Some issues about XR260V AVCHD to iMoive importing:

1: I have a Mac Book Pro with Snow Leopard and iMovie '11 version 9.0.4. I have a few camcorders that when I hook up to my MacBookPro and open up iMovie, no problem, the gear is recognized and I am immediately prompted to import video, but I have a new Sony HDR XR260V that is not recognized. The Mac recognizes that there is something plugged in because it labels it, "No Name" and when I unplug it, it warns to go to Applications and eject the camera first...BUT the AVCDH video file folder contents are grayed out and not import-able.... So I spend an extra two hours that I do not have converting the file to something iMovie can understand. Is there a more simple solution? Thanks.

2: My sony HDR-XR260V cant import into imovie, Device is connedted, but when I try to imort, the camera on my mac turns on, and the camcorder does not show up as a device? It has worked in the past, but not now. I can see all the video that I took on the camera's monitor any idea what might be happening?

You should know the below tips before draging and droping HDR-XR260V AVCHD to iMovie:

1)PowerMac G5 does not support the HD format.
2)iMovie '08 or later version which supports the HD format is necessary.
3)If both HD and STD format movies are recorded on the camcorder, HD movies are not recognized. In this case, import STD movies on the camcorder to the computer, delete the STD movies on the camcorder, and connect the camcorder to the computer again. Then HD movies will be recognized. With iMovie '11 (Ver.9.0.1 or later), both HD and STD format movies can be recognized.
4)3D movies recorded with a 3D Handycam are not supported.
5)The AVCHD encoding method of the 2011 or later camcorder has been changed from the previous models. To import AVCHD movies using iMovie, update Mac OS to the latest version (Ver. 10.6.7 or later).
6)Refer to the Apple website for details on iMovie.
7)PMB and PlayMemories Home are not supported with Mac OS.
8)iMovie doesn't support 1080 60p/50p AVCHD, you'd better avoid recording the video format.

Have you solved the iessues? If not, you may have recorded 1080 60p AVCHD footages by using Sony HDR-XR260V.

If you have some 60p AVCHD for editing, you can convert these files to a comfortable format before ingesting to iMovie. Here I recommend you use brorsoft AVCHD to iMovie Converter to transcode AVCHD/MTS/M2TS to AIC video for editing in iMovie.

How to convert 1080 50p/60p AVCHD to AIC MOV on Mac?

1. Run the best MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac. Then add 1080p Full HD MTS file or files to the program from Sony HDR-XR260V.

2. Click “format” and move your pointer to “iMovie and Final Cut Express” Category and choose “Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” format.

3. Freely set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/25p/30p) by clicking “Settings”.

4. Start converting XR260V AVCHD to AIC on Mac OS X. As soon as the conversion process is over, you can easily copy the converted file to iMovie for freely editing.
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