Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 is the NTSC model while DMC-TZ20 is the PAL model. Even though there is 3D logo for this camera, it is only for 3D still image. For still images, there are many different size mode for selection, while for the movie recording, you can get Motion JPEG fiels in 640x480 or 320x240; HD movie in 1080i; and 720p AVCHD Lite and Motion JPEG.
Motion JPEG is the format supported by Mac iMovie and iPhoto, FCP, FCE. However, there is storage limit to 2GB for motion picture recorded in Motion JPEG. There is no such limit for AVCHD format. While putting AVCHD Lite files or AVCHD files to Mac, you may face difficulties editing or uploading to Mac from Lumix TZ20 or others. Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac will help you solve the problem and provide high quality videos at Apple InterMediate Code(AIC).
Since Lumix TZ20 is not available yet (have a look at the tips below for the release date), here we take the Lumix ZS7 videos as an example.
Step 1. Load Lumix footage to Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.
Connect Lumix camera to iMac/MacBook Pro, run Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac as the 2011 best Lumix AVCHD to AIC converter on Mac. Click the "Add" button to import the 1080i or 720p mts/m2ts files.
Step 2. Choose MOV format with AIC.
Click the "Format" option, and navigate to QuickTime Movie Format > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as output format for iMovie or FCE 4. To get 1920x1080 or 1280x720 resolution output, just click the "Settings" button and choose 1920*1080 or 1280*720 from the video size drop-down box.
Step 3. Deinterlace 1080i AVCHD files.
For 1080i AVCHD files from Panasonic Lumix cameras, you may need to deinterlace them to progressive mode for smooth playback. You can skip this step if your videos are 720p AVHCD Lite files. Click the Editor button, go to Effect tab and tick the checkbox for deinterlacing.
Step 4. Convert Panasonic MTS to MOV/MP4 for iPhoto.
Click the convert button on the application UI, and the Lumix camera to iMovie/FCE converter will start the conversion from MTS/M2TS to MOV with Apple Intermediate codec for highest quality video.
Hope you enjoy the conversion from ZS10/TZ20 AVCHD to AIC for iMovie editing.
1. DMC-TZ20 will be available in UK on March 7, 2011, and other 2011 new Lumix cameras like DMC-FT3 and DMC-FX77 are available for pre-order now.