Convert Lumix HDC-TM90 1080/60p .mts video into FCP editable ProRes 422 video
Panasonic Lumix HDC-TM90 is one of the top High Definition Camcorder on market. It features the option of 28mm Wide-Angle, Intelligent 40x Zoom and HYBRID O.I.S. that creates beautiful image. The 1080/60p recording (Full-HD, 1920 x 1080, 60 progressive recording) conveys about twice the information of 1080i (interlace) recording to produce the ultimate beauty in image quality. With optional 3D conversion lens attached, the TM90 even gives the ability to record 3D footage.
However, the AVCHD 1920 x 1080, 60 Progressive Recording method also brings problem to editing work, especially on a Mac computer, since Final Cut Pro does not have native editing support for AVCHD footage that Lumix HDC-TM90 creates. To work with AVCHD in Final Cut Pro, you have to use the Log and Transfer window to transcode AVCHD footage to an Apple ProRes codec (or the Apple Intermediate Codec) during transfer. The ingesting process could take very long time. An efficient way to save your time is converting the Lumix HDC-TM90 1080/60p .mts footage into Apple ProRes 422 video with a fast Mac AVCHD Converter
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How to convert Lumix HDC-TM90 1080/60p .mts video into FCP editable ProRes 422 video with HDC-TM90 to FCP Converter
Step 1. Open HD Video Converter for Mac, and add Panasonic TM90 .MTS files by clicking "Add Video" button. The MTS file can be imported either from HDC-TM90 camcorder or Mac HDD (when/if you have transferred the AVCHD footage to Mac).
Step 2. Click "Format" drop-down list to set proper video format for using in iMovie, FCE or FCP. choose “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output video format. Adjust the output quality by clicking "Settings" button if necessary.
Step 3. Choose an AVCHD destination folder to save the converted Panasonic TM90 recordings with AVCHD to FCP Converter
Step 4. Start converting Panasonic TM90 MTS files to Apple ProRes codec by hitting the “Convert” button at the right bottom of MTS Converter for Mac.
After Conversion, you can click “Open” to find converted file and import the HDC-TM90 AVCHD recording to FCP instantly for editing.
Tip: AVCHD has a much higher compression ratio than Apple ProRes, so the ingested files are significantly larger than the original files. For example, a 2-minute native AVCHD file is about 200–300 MB. After transcoding to the Apple ProRes 422 codec, the file size can be as large as 2 GB. To create smaller files during transfer, transcode AVCHD files to Apple ProRes 422 (LT).