Panasonic has announced the latest addition to its LUMIX G series of not-quite-compact cameras – the LUMIX DMC-G3.The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 is a compact, SLR-styled mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that uses the Micro Four Thirds standard. It’s the follow-up to the DMC-G2, and its biggest changes include an even smaller body, a new Live MOS sensor and image processor, faster autofocus performance, and Full HD video recording.
As we all know, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 record 1920 x 1080 videos in AVCHD Lite format, and save them as .mts or .m2ts extension. But there may be some problem you will meet if you put G3 AVCHD Lite .mts/.m2ts file into Final Cut Pro for editing.
As you know, FCP supports Apple Prores Codec natively but refuse the importing of AVCHD Lite from Cameras directly. Both the container and codec of AVCHD Lite are too difficult to handle, thus if you want to import Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 AVCHD Lite to FCP without any trouble, the best way is to get the Panasonic AVCHD Converter for Mac to transcode AVCHD to FCP compatible format before importing.
Here I suggest you to use the professional Prores Converter from Pavtube. With intuitive interface, you can easily and fast convert Lumix G3 AVCHD Lite files to Apple ProRes codec for Final Cut Pro (FCP 6/7 and FCP X). Below are the features for Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.
1) Transcode AVCHD footages shot by Panasonic as well as Sony, Canon, Leica…
2) Convert AVCHD(.mts/.m2ts) to ProRes, AIC, DVCPRO, MOV, etc
3) Lossless merge/join MTS, M2TS files, AVCHD clips
4) Trim, crop and add special effects to AVCHD/AVCHD Lite
5) Works fast with best vide quality
Guide: Encoding G3 1920 x 1080 AVCHD Lite videos to Final Cut Pro with best quality.
Step 1: You can directly add AVCHD Lite files from Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 to the Mac AVCHD to FCP Converter or from local the full AVCHD folder if you’ve copied to Mac.
Tip: If you wanna join MTS/M2TS files for easier editing on Mac, please check the “Merge into one” box.
Step 2: Click on Format —> Final Cut Pro —> Apple Prores 422 (*.mov) as output format for best editing in FCP.
Step 3: Click on Settings to adjust audio and video parameters including video size, video frame rate, bitrate, sample rate, audio channel.
- For 1080/60p recordings, 1920*1080 video size, 30fps video frame rate are the most suitable settings.
- For 1080/50p videos, you are recommended to set 25fps as video frame rate.
Step 4: The last step comes to convert Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 AVCHD Lite to Prores .mov for FCP via clicking the “Convert” button.
When conversion’s done, you will directly load the exported .mov to FCP for special editing freely without quality loss.
When you get new Panasonic cameras like Panasonic HC-X900, HC-X900M,TM900 , GH3, DMC-FZ200, GH2 , LX7, and HC-X800, this Mac Prores Converter will be your best choice to do the AVCHD conversion task. Just enjoying your smooth editing workflow on Mac now!