Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 camera users may find the editing of the recorded AVCHD files in Final Cut really a problem. AVCHD footage shoot in SH mode with 1280x720 at 17Mpbs and 60fps could not be imported directly to FCE. If you go to Log & Transfer the AVCHD files, Final Cut may shut down immediately or pop up error message.
To get the HD videos to Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro without losing quality, it is recommended that you use a Mac AVCHD Lite converter to convert Panasonic Lumix videos to MOV for editing on Mac. Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac is the top-notch converter for you to edit Lumix GH1 AVCHD MTS in FCE without losing quality.
Here is the demonstration for you with simple steps to resolve the problem importing AVCHD from Panasonic GH1 to Final Cut Express/Pro via Log and Transfer.
Step 1. Load Lumix GH1 videos to Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac.
Connect Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 to Apple hard drive via USB cable and go to the PRIVATE > AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM folder to copy and transfer the AVCHD Lite .mts files from camcorder to computer. Run Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac as the top-notch Panasonic GH1 converter on iMac, MacBook Pro, Macbook Air or even Mac Pro. Click the "Add" button to load 17Mbps 60fps .mts videos.
Step 2. Choose MOV output format.
Click the "Format" option and navigate to Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC)(*.mov) as output format. You will get MOV videos with H.264/AVC as video codec keeping the original video resolution like 1920x1080 and 1280x720.
Step 3. Convert Panasonic GH1 Video to MOV for FCE/FCP.
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac Lumix GH1 converter will convert Panasonic GH1 video to Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro.
When the conversion is done, just import the output MOV videos to FCE/FCP for editing.
If you are using other Panasonic camcorders like Lumix DMC-ZS7/TZ10, DMC-FT1/TS1, Lumix LX5, HDC-SD60, HDC-TM700/HS700/SD700, just check out the Aunsoft Panasonic camcorder column for more information.