I just purchased a new camcorder – Panasonic HDC SD600 several days ago. I ran a series of tests on my new SD600 at my friend’s birthday party. The footages are Full HD at 50 frames/second, which is recorded at 28Mbits/sec. I must say the performance is excellent and I decide to upload these videos to YouTube to share with people.
But I interrupted a problem that the video file extension from SD600 is .MTS. Google told me it’s AVCHD format and I’d like to upload H.264 MP4 instead of MTS to YouTube. Because all my YouTube videos are H.264 MP4 which are high quality and the file size is acceptable. But the converter software on my Mac couldn’t handle this MTS format. I turned to Yahoo Answer and find a software called Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac. I downloaded the trial version, after seeing the output video I was impressed and knew I needed this converter right away.
Here’s a fast guide of converting SD600 AVCHD to H.264 MP4 for uploading YouTube and keeping high quality level.
Step 1. Load SD600 footage to Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.
Use USB 2.0 cable to connect Panasonic SD600 to iMac/MacBook Pro, run Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac as the 2011 best AVCHD files to YouTube converter on Mac. Click the "Add" button to import the 1080p or 1080i .mts files.
Step 2. Choose HD video format.
Click the "Format" option, and navigate to HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mp4) as output format for YouTube. The SD600 to YouTube converter will transcode AVCHD files to h.264 .mp4 with HD 1920x1080 resolution.
Step 3. Convert Panasonic SD600 MTS to H.264 MP4 for YouTube.
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the AVCHD to YouTube converter will start the conversion from Panasonic HDC SD600 MTS to H.264 MP4 for YouTube according to your selection.
After the conversion, you can easily upload AVCHD MTS/M2TS to Youtube with high quality and share with people.
If you would like to edit the SD600 videos on Final Cut or iMovie before uploading to Youtube, you can convert the videos to ProRes 422 for FCP 6/7, or Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) for iMovie, FCE in high quality. The output formats are available from the Final Cut Pro group and QuickTime Movie Format group.