Mobile Newsgathering is now faster and better than ever when introduction of JVC's Pro HD Camcorder GY-HM650. Small and light enough to be used anywhere; this enhanced camera surpasses the performance of many traditional ENG style units and offers capabilities never before available on any model. Dual codecs make it possible to record for 2 screens simultaneously with full HD on one memory card and a smaller web-friendly file on another card. Transfer the footage back to the station with the GY-HM650's built-in FTP and optional WiFi connectivity.
The GY-HM650 records with multiple encoding formats, including HD MPEG2 (35/25/19Mbps), AVCHD 1920x1080 60i, SD H.264, 480x270 H.264 (web), and 960x540 H.264 mode. It supports multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), AVCHD, and MXF with rich descriptive metadata. The AVCHD footage shot by GY-HM650 is with additional lower bitrate AVCHD modes. AVCHD is advanced for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video. However, it is not easy to edit AVCHD footage in Final Cut Pro, FCE, iMovie, Avid, Adobe Premiere, etc on Mac, especially for these who are just installing the latest Marvericks 10.9.1.
Aunsoft iMedia Converter for Mac, a professional AVCHD to FCP converter can fast convert MXF to ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 4444 for FCP. Meanwhile, this versatile GY-HM650 AVCHD converter can also convert MXF, MKV, MOV, AVI, VOB, EVO, MTS/M2TS, SWF, etc to various other video formats. Here I would like to share a simple workflow to transcode,convert GY-HM650 1080P 60i AVCHD to FCP on Marvericks 10.9.1 with Aunsoft iMedia Converter for Mac.
Step1. Load GY-HM650 60i AVCHD to iMedia Converter for Mac
Click "add video" or "add folder" to load 1080 60i AVCHD file. Here I directly drag MXF to the GY-HM650 AVCHD Converter, fast. This program also supports batch conversion.
Check "Merge into one file", you can join AVCHD clips into one big file.
Step 2. Select ProRes 422 as export format for FCP importer
Click "format" and under the FCP menu, you can clearly see proper formats for FCP, among which, native codec to read AVCHD files in FCP, including ProRes 422 and ProRes 444. I bet you won’t take 30 seconds instead of taking several minutes in this step with the user-friendly iMedia Converter for Mac.
ProRes 422 HQ is recommended here for offering even greater headroom to preserve the quality of even the most demanding. In most circumstances, ProRes 422 HQ is sufficient. But if you are planning to do heavy grading or VFX work from the ProRes, converting GY-HM650 AVCHD to ProRes 4444 is desirable.
Step3. Set audio and video profile
Click “Settings” button to customize the profile of output video before transcoding GY-HM650 60i AVCHD to ProRes MOV. You can set video bitrates, video frame rates, video size, audio channels, etc. You have options to set video frame rates as 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30.50, 59.94, or 60 for precisely needs. Here suggests 25P in PAL (30P or 29.97P in NTSC) to keep high video quality and smooth edit in FCP X.
This GY-HM650 video Converter is equipped with a built-in video editor, which allows you do initial editing via “editor tool” in the main interface. You can de-interlance your 60i AVCHD file easily, so does you to trim, crop, append artistic visual effects, add watermarks and load subtitles to the videos.
Step4. Transcode GY-HM650 60i AVCHD to FCP on Marvericks 10.9.1
Click "Conversion" icon to transcode GY-HM650 AVCHD to ProRes MOV. When AVCHD to FCP conversion completed, with just a click on "Open output folder", you can locate the export ProRes MOV easily.
More than of transcoding GY-HM650 1080P 60i AVCHD to FCP, the AVCHD Converter can also convert AVCHD to iMovie, AVCHD to QuickTime, AVCHD to Avid, AVCHD to Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas, AVCHD to FCE, etc. with native codec. Almost all of your problems with AVCHD formats can be solved with all-in-one AVCHD to Mac conversion tool.