Workflow for 1080i and 1080P Panasonic HDC-TM900 MTS to Apple OS X Mac

Workflow for 1080i and 1080P Panasonic HDC-TM900 MTS to Apple OS X Mac

I have been working with AVCHD MTS files for years on FCP 7 and now on X. For my camera Panasonic HDC-TM900 which now record videos in 1080i mode, FCP X will wrap the footage but edit natively and 7 version will convert to ProRes.

My workflow for Panasonic HDC-TM900 1080i MTS to FCP:

1. Take a copy of all the data on each SD Card I record. This can be done through the finder when the camera is mounted or through a card reader.
2. Maintain the file structure. It starts with a folder called PRIVATE. In case of some unexpected issues, I always keep a permanent backup of this original data.
3. As long as the file structure is maintained, it will import my MTS.

My workflow for Panasonic HDC-TM900 1080P MTS to FCP:

This is really perfect for the communication between Panasonic and Apple until shooting 1080 progressive videos with 60 fps in frame rate. FCP7 & FCPX work fine with 1080i AVCHD files but not 1080P footages. I used recommended utility Aunsoft MTS Converter for Mac to bring the shots to FCPX as 1920×1080 60 fps prores codecs of MOV.  This software does a good job & clips show up in the inspector at the proper 60 fps. 

  1. Click Add button to import Panasonic HDC-TM900 AVCHD MTS to this 1080 50/60P Full HD MTS converter on Apple OS X Mac. 
  2. Select Apple Prores 422 option in Format box and export FCP X MOV for Editing.
  3. Click Convert button to start encoding FCP compatible 1080 50/60P MOV to Apple Mac.

After getting Apple Pro Res MOV files run FCP X and click File -> Import-> Movies to import 1080P MOV prores. Now it is time to complete your whole story in FCP X.

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