The AG-AF100 series uses the AVCHD recording format and also supports the high image quality PH mode. AVCHD complies with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 High Profile, the latest motion picture compression technology. Boasting a compression efficiency that is more than twice that of the MPEG-2 system (such as HDV), this advanced video file format delivers superb image quality and low data rates. The PH mode was developed for AVCCAM by Panasonic exclusively for high-quality professional video production. This mode boasts a maximum AVCHD bit rate of 24 Mbps (average: 21 Mbps) and records 1920 x 1080 full-HD images.
In order to import these AVCHD MTS clips for editing in Final Cut Pro, users usually need a converter tool to convert multiple Panasonic AG-AF100 clips to multiple Apple ProRes 422 HQ clips in advance. Nearly all camcorders and cameras automatically cuts recordings into separate clips when they hit a specific size, so it’s common to have hundreds of MTS clips saved on your Panasonic AG-AF100’s Memory Card after finished a shoot. That’s why we always see people asking questions about how to batch convert MTS clips to Apple ProRes for editing in FCP when surfing online.
AVCHD file structure
Regarding to MTS batch conversion, Aunsoft Final Mate for Mac is a recommended application. The following screenshot shows how Final Mate for Mac looks like. To achieve batch conversion via this program, first off, drag and drop one MTS clip to “Movies” area, and change output type to “For Conversion”, then select “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov)” as output format. In this way, Final Mate software will automatically remember “Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) (*.mov)” as target format by default, then when you loading files to it, you needn’t select Apple ProRes as output format again. Next, drag all MTS clips you want to do batch conversion to “Movie” area, they will be loaded as “ProRes” output automatically. Simply click “Convert” button, the batch conversion of Panasonic AG-AF100 MTS clips to Apple ProRes will immediately start off.