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