With Panasonic Lumix GH2, you can record full HD 1920x1080 videos in interlaced mode or progressive mode, which saved in AVCHD format. For the interlaced full HD video, you can choose FSH mode with 17Mbps, or FH with 13Mbps. However, there are two models: NTSC with 60i and PAL with 50i. The specifications of progressive videos are the same from the two models: 1920x1080, 24p, and two recording options (24H: 24Mbps, 24L: 17Mbps).
If you face problem importing the Lumix GH2 24Mbps raw footage to FCE, it is recommended that you try Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac to convert AVCHD files to QuickTime mov with 24Mbps. You will then have a smooth video playback in FCE for accurate editing on Mac.
Follow the guide below to easily and quickly import Lumix AVCHD files to FCE on Mac OS X like 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard and 10.4 Tiger.
Step 1. Import GH2 AVCHD raw files to Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.
Use USB cable to connect Lumix GH2 to Mac computer, run Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac as the best Lumix GH2 1080 24p AVCHD converter on Mac. Click the "Add" button to import the .mts or .m2ts files from the DSLR camera.
Step 2. Choose HD MOV format.
Click the "Format" option, and choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mov) as output format. The Lumix GH2 AVHCD converter will transcode MTS files and M2TS files to MOV with H.264 codec.
Step 3. Set bit rate to 24Mbps.
Click the "Settings" button, and enter 24000 for the bit rate in kbps. The Mac GH2 MTS/M2TS converter will convert video in 24Mbps. If you enter 17000 or 13000, you will get files in 17Mbps or 13Mbps. You can also change frame rate to 24fps.
Step 4. Convert 24p AVCHD files to MOV for FCE.
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac Lumix MTS/M2TS converter will start the conversion from 1080p 1080i AVCHD files to HD MOV, keeping high bit rate like 24Mbps and full HD.
While the conversion is done, you can edit the recorded videos from Panasonic Lumix GH2 in FCE with 24Mbps, 17Mbps or 13Mbps, etc.
For 1080/50i or 1080/60i videos, you can select the interlaced video and click the "Editor" button, go to the Effect tab and then make sure the checkbox of deinterlacing is ticked. During the conversion, the GH2 AVCHD converter will remove the lines for smooth playback.
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