Import AVCHD from Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 to FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6

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Q: Did you encounter some problems in editing Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 AVCHD to Final Cut Pro? Recently, my son has been plagued by editing videos in FCP 7 always. He told me that every time he loaded the AVCHD footage into the FCP 7, the interface will pop up an error code. However I don’t know how to smoothly import and edit my Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 AVCHD footage in FCP either. So can some one help us solve the problems, thanks!

The Lumix GH3 marks a huge improvement over the much-beloved Panasonic GH2, both in still photography and video capabilities, it features a brand new 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor and a three-core Venus FHD engine processor designed to deliver more detail and reduced noise. GH3 is loaded with professional-level film making features, including full 1080P video at 60fps, bit rates as high as 72 Mbps, and an SMPTE Time Code option. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 camera gives three video output modes, including AVCHD, MP4 and MOV. MP4 and MOV are common formats, we can play and edit Lumix GH3 MPEG4 footage freely on Mac or Windows. But the compatibility of AVCHD is not so good.

However, for many video editors concerned, editing Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 AVCHD in FCP is simply a nightmare, they hardly play and edit them in FCP (FCP X, FCP 7, FCP 6) directly and smoothly, because Final Cut Pro doesn’t support AVCHD format actually. Although FCP announced that it can deal with a wide variety of video files, people still encounter many problems. So to get rid of these problems, you need to convert first. It is recommended that FCP best supported video format is Apple ProRes 422 codec MOV format, so you can use an AVCHD to FCP converter to encode Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 AVCHD to ProRes. Here, Acrok HD Video Converter is your best choice for converting. With this powerful software, you can easily complete the video conversion. Why not just try the free trial version to use whether it meets your needs. You can accord to following steps to have a try.

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The Complete Guide for How to Convert Panasonic GH3 to Final Cut Pro X Step by Step

Step1:  Add Panasonic GH3 AVCHD footage

Click the “Add files” button to import your source files into this program, no matter directly from your camcorder/camera or load from hard drive.

AVCHD MTS files from Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 to FCP X

Step2: Choose the Output Format

Tap the Format icon, from the dropdown menu select “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422  (*.mov)” as the target format. If you have the need for editing Lumix GH3 video in other editing software such as Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, Avid, etc., you can go to the “Editing Software” category to find them.

Convert Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 video for FCP X

Step 3: Transcode the Panasonic GH3 AVCHD to ProRes
Hit the “Convert” button; it will start to convert Panasonic GH3 AVCHD to ProRes for FCP on Mac OS X immediately.

After the 60p AVCHD to ProRes conversion, you can click “Open” button to find the converted AVCHD files.

Tip: If you want to get a best Blu-ray Ripper, Acrok Video Converter Ultimate (Windows and Mac) is your best choice. This software not only can help you trtanscode Lumix GH3 recordings for editing software, but also can help you rip, convert and backup Blu-ray/DVD dsics easily.

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