Summary: How to import your Panasonic Lumix AVCHD Lite footage to FCE? Now get the best solution in this article via transcoding your AVCHD Lite video to FCE compatible format first.
While most of the Panasonic Lumix cameras include the function to record videos in AVCHD Lite format, we tried to connect some Panasonic Lumix cameras and navigate to FCE’s new Log and Transfer Window. Then, we set the camcorder in the Finder window and await the AVCHD Lite files to be imported into FCE. But we find issues as below:
Q1: I have a Panasonic camera which produces AVCHD Lite video. Tried again to convert a 35 minute .mts clip from my Panasonic Lumix camera into a .mov clip (that I can edit with Final Cut express). Used the standard settings for this conversion and was able to convert to a .mov file about 4gb. But when I double click on the .mov file, quicktime opens and I get this error message:The file could not be opened. The file is not a movie file.What's the problem? Any advise would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Q2: I am still having problems importing AVCHD lite video shot on my Lumix TS1 into FCE... I tried to follow your settings, but I still end up with video/audio synch problems. The imported video is exactly half as long as it should be, by the way.
Q3: I have the same problem using Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and a MacBookPro 2009 model, FCE 4.1. iMovie09, however, can import motion pictures..but not FCE..which I find kind of strange. How do I correctly import them?
Why does many folks face problem importing Panasonic Lumix AVCHD Lite footage to Final Cut Express for editing and creating their movie?
At first, you should know the main differences between AVCHD Lite and the regular AVCHD: a maximum resolution of 1280 x 720p in AVCHD Lite compared to 1920 x 1080p in regular AVCHD and a less-intensive compression method - both of which make the format more suitable for less powerful camera hardware.
And then, some video editing software does not allow AVCHD Lite to be imported and edited, including FCE. So you have to choose another program to make your Panasonic Lumix AVCHD Lite files ediatble in FCE on Mac.
Here you can use Pavtube MTS/M2TS Covnerter for Mac as the best Lumix AVCHD Lite to FCE Converter, which does a great job on transcoding AVCHD MTS, M2TS, M2T, TS files to FCE friendly AIC .mov format with keeping the highest video quality ; Plus, this application supports video playback on many various devices, such as Samsung Galaxy S4, Surface RT/Pro, new iPad, Apple TV 3, etc.
What's more, with AVCHD MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, you can also add *.srt, *.ass, *.ssa subtitle to a video/movie files.
The following guide will tell you how transcode Panasonic AVCHD Lite video to FCE best AIC codec for easily importing and editing. I have tested it and the output video files come out with high quality.
Step 1. Copy AVCHD folder from Panasonic Lumix camera onto hard disk, and drag AVCHD Lite files to this top Pavtube Mac AVCHD Lite to AIC Converter.
Step 2. Click "Format" button, then select "iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)" as the best output format for iMovie and FCE.
Tips: You could click "Settings" icon to set output parameters, like set up the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 so you could get best video quality for converting Lumix AVCHD
Lite footage to AIC for FCE on Mac for further editing.
Step 4. Click "Convert" button to transfer Panasonic AVCHD Lite to AIC MOV for FCE on Mac immediately.
Tips: Before conversion, you can make some settings or editings like merging videos, trimming videos, adding watermark and so on.
After a successful conversion, click "Open" button on program main UI to locate and move the generated AIC MOV files into FCE for editing.
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