While iMac and MacBook Pro are bundled with 8x slot-loading SuperDrive as DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW, it is easy to create/author and burn videos to DVD with iDVD. You may have shot videos with AVCHD camcorders like Panasonic HDC-SD60 for family movies, but face difficulties loading the 1080i MTS files from Panasonic HDC-SD60.
When importing HDC-SD60 to iMovie '08, there is noise and something like Blocky effect on the movie. I notice there is recent update on August 17, 2010 saying iMovie '09 imports Panasonic HDC-SD60 now. It could be a solution to upgrade iMovie 8 to iMovie 9, and render MTS files to MOV for iDVD. Another solution is to use third party transcoding tool like Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac to bring HD videos to iDVD for burning to DVD.
Well, here I would like to demonstrate the simple steps for converting Panasonic HDC-SD60 1080/60i or 1080/50i MTS to MOV for iDVD, and burn to DVD.
Step 1. Load Panasonic videos to Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac.
Use USB cable to connect Panasonic HDC-SD60 with iMac/MacBook Pro, and transfer .mts files from camcorder to Apple hard drive disk. Run Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac as the super Mac Panasonic HD video converter, and click the "Add" button to load 1080i .mts videos.
Step 2. Choose MOV output.
Click the "Format" option, and choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC)(*.mov) as output format. The Mac Panasonic HD video converter will use the original video resolution by default. Click the "Settings" button to change video frame rate to 29.97 fps. You may also change the video resolution to 720x480 (NTSC) or 720x576 (PAL) for DVD.
Step 3. Convert MTS to MOV for iDVD.
Click the convert button under the preview window, the Mac Panasonic HDC-SD60 video converter starts the conversion from 1080i MTS to H.264 MOV for iDVD on Mac Snow Leopard.
Step 4. Author/Burn DVD with iDVD.
When the conversion is finished, run iDVD to create a project and load the H.264 MOV videos to iDVD. Edit the DVD menu and insert a blank DVD-R to SuperDrive. Then click the "Burn" button on the bottom of the window to start burning DVD video.
Keep your videos within 90 minutes per disc as standard DVD. Then play the DVD on your TV to share the movies.
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