Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3/TZ7, as the first Lumix camera to record in AVCHD Lite on SD Memory Cards, was released in 2009, and the next version ZS7/TZ10 came to market in early 2010. There are also other models of Panasonic Lumix camera to shoot AVCHD Lite videos like DMC-TS1/FT1 (with waterproof to 10ft), DMC-TS2/FT2 and DMC-FZ35/38, etc.
The latest version of iMovie 9 is supposed to support AVCHD Lite videos. However, there might be some problem when Panasonic release new models. There are also some iMovie 08 users reporting that there iMovie '08 could not recognize the AVCHD content. If you encounter any problem using AVCHD Lite on Mac, or want to edit Lumix AVCHD Lite in iMovie, it is recommended that you convert AVCHD Lite to MOV for iMovie. And with Aunsfot Video Converter for Mac, you can get the best quality video in iMovie.
Below is the quick guide for you to convert Lumix AVCHD Lite video footage to AVI for iMovie with best video quality, using Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7.
Step 1. Load Lumix AVCHD videos to Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac.
After connecting Panasonic SD700K camcorder to iMac, copy and transfer the AVCHD Lite files from Lumix DMC-ZS7 camera through the PRIVATE > AVCHD > BDMW > STREAM folder to Apple hard drive disk. Run Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac as the best Mac AVCHD Lite video converter, and click the "Add" button to load the 720p .mts videos.
Step 2. Choose MOV format.
Click the "Format" option, and choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC)(*.mov) as output format. The Mac Lumix AVCHD Lite converter will transcode Panasonic DMC-ZS7 720p AVCHD files to MOV with original 1280x720 HD definition.
Step 3. Convert Panasonic Lumix AVCHD Lite to MOV for iMovie 8.
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac Lumix AVCHD video converter will start the batch conversion from Lumix AVCHD Lite to MOV for iMovie with the best quality.
After the conversion, run iMovie and you can import the HD MOV movies to iMovie 8/9 without quality loss on Mac. Hope you enjoy the editing.
1. If you want to edit Lumix AVCHD Lite in Windows Movie Maker, just free download the Lumix AVCHD Lite video converter for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
2. You may also be interested in the Panasonic camcorder column for more information or solutions to Panasonic Lumix cameras like DMC-FZ40, DMC-FZ45, DMC-FX75 or AVCHD camcorders like HDC-TM700/HS700/SD700 and so on.