Edit Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 AVCHD in Final Cut Pro

Hi, everyone! I am puzzled with some problems that I can’t edit Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 AVCHD in Final Cut Pro. Last year, I was sent to go abroad on a business trip, and I using Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 shoot lots of AVCHD videos for company. Recently, my boss want me to edit these Full HD AVCHD videos in FCP for presenting in company meeting. However when I importing them into FCP X, I found it is a mess process these Lumix DMC-GF7 AVCHD footage are not compatible with FCP X. So how can I import and edit the Lumix DMC-GF7 AVCHD recordings in FCP?

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 with a 16MP Digital Live MOS Sensor which delivers high-resolution, high-sensitivity images with low image noise. The LUMIX GF7 also delivers high-speed burst shooting at 5.8 fps at 16MP, plus a maximum 40 fps with electronic shutter. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 supports full HD 1080p video recording at 60 or 24 fps in AVCHD or MP4 formats, so most people buy this powerful camera for playing, learning and other entertainment.

Regrettably, the Lumix DMC-GF7 recordings are not be compatible with popular NELS, FCP is the typical one. From the Final Cut Pro Official site description, we can know FCP doesn’t support AVCHD format well. So importing the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 AVCHD footage into for directly editing is impossible. However in fact, it’s easy to fix the issue if you end in failure or encounter some audio or video problem when opening AVCHD files within FCP X, FCP 7or FCP 6. You just need a AVCHD Video Converter to help you transcode the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 AVCHD recordings to FCP best supported format. Here, you are recommended to use Acrok MTS Converter, which is an all in one converter, it not only can help you convert the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 AVCHD to ProRes 422 MOV on Mac, but also provide some other features such as trim, crop, add watermark or subtitle…The following guide tells you how to convert Panasonic GF7 footage to ProRes 422 codec for use in your FCP sequence.

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How to convert Panasonic GF7 videos for FCP as a compatible format

Step 1. Import 4K files to the Mac converter
Launch Panasonic Lumix MTS Converter when installation is completed. You can drag and drop  your recordings to the Mac app directly, or you can Click “Add files” button to locate the Lumix GF7AVCHD footage.

MTS Converter for Mac - Convert Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 footage for FCP X

Tips: Batch conversion is available here, so you are allowed to import several files at one time.

Step 2. Choose the optimized preset for FCP
Click the “Format” option, choose the Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as output format.

Convert Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 files to FCP X ProRes MOV on Mac

Tips: Click “Settings” button, you can adjust the output video/audio resolution, frame rate, bit rate, etc. to customize the output files to get the best quality you want.

Step 3. Start AVCHD to FCP conversion
Hit the “Convert” button to start the AVCHD to FCP conversion. After the conversion, you can import the output Panasonic GF7 4K files to FCP for further editing smoothly.

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