Summary: Have no idea of how to import Panasonic Lumix GM5 AVCHD/MP4 videos to FCP X? It’s a smart choice to read this article.
After recording beautiful scenes or happy moments, many Panasonic Lumix GM5 users have the need of editing these AVCHD/MP4 recordings in FCP X on Mac 10.11. However, more and more photographers ran into the importing problem with Panasonic Lumix GM5 AVCHD videos in FCP X and got confused by these malfunctions.
“Last week I shot some video on Panasonic Lumix GM5 and imported the clips into Final Cut Pro X. I shot more footage this week, but when I try to import the clips they are not showing up in the import window (bottom half of window). What I now see is AVCHD “greyed out” and the only media available to import are a few jpg images on the camera. Any idea why this is happening? Thanks for your help. – dave, iMac”
The reasons to the problem are proberly these:
- AVCHD file-structure isn’t ‘standard’ (as, the AVCHD-pkg isn’t on ‘top’-level of media; instead there are sub-folders, such as the CAM_MEM and CAM_SD in your screen shot).
- If the AVCHD files whatever with the extension .mts, .m2t, .m2ts are encoded FCP X Log and Transfer unsupported video or audio codec, Final Cut Pro X won’t import AVCHD movies.
- AVCHD FCP X support is available only on Intel-based Mac computers, if we try to import and edit AVCHD in Final Cut Pro on non Intel-based Mac, we will fail to import AVCHD files into Final Cut Pro even via Log and Transfer.
- SD video recorded with AVCHD camcorders can’t be accessed in the Final Cut Pro Log and Transfer window. That is, if the AVCHD video is in SD video quality, we will fail to import AVCHD to Final Cut Pro X.
How to Fix the Importing Problem with AVCHD to FCP X.
Firstly, I’d love to offer you an easy free way to fix the importing problem. Your Panasonic Lumix GM5 allows you to transfer AVCHD files from internal memory to a SD card, then use SD card to import to Mac.
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1. When converting AVCHD/MP4 footage using Final Cut Pro oriented format templates(e.g. Apple Prores), please ensure that your computer has Final Cut Pro installed, otherwise the converted files will have audio only without image.
2. If you are using FCP X, please make sure you have installed ProApps QuickTime Codecs, or you may get files with sound only without video.
Steps of Decoding Panasonic Lumix GM5 AVCHD to FCP X
Step 1. Add AVCHD files to the program
If your AVCHD files are in Panasonic Lumix GM5 camera, first transfer AVCHD files whatever it is in .mts, m2t, or m2ts to your Mac. By the way, this software also works well with Panasonic Lumix GM5 MP4 files.
Then click “Add File” button to import the AVCHD files to this AVCHD to FCP X Converter.
Step 2. Choose the preset output format – Apple ProRes
Just click on the format bar, this program have preset the output profile for FCP X, follow “Final Cut Pro” and choose “Apple ProRes 422(*.mov)” as the proper codec.
Step 3. Start converting AVCHD files.
Click the big red “Convert” button in the main UI, then you can go to have a coffee. Few minutes later, this program will finish the AVCHD to Apple ProRes conversion for you. You can see your converted videos by clicking “Open” button.
Step 4. Import converted AVCHD files to FCP X.
Now you are able to import and edit Panasonic Lumix GM5 AVCHD/MP4 videos in FCP X with no problem. The quick way is dragging and dropping your converted AVCHD files to the left panel of the Final Cut Pro X.
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