Panasonic HC-W850 AVCHD to iMovie Workflow

Summary: The HC-W850 camcorder records footage in either iFrame/MP4 or AVCHD 2.0 format. If you attempt to import and edit Panasonic HC-W850 1080/60p shootings in AVCHD format on Mac NLE apps like iMovie, you may need to convert Panasonic HC-W850 recordings to iMovie best supported AIC MOV before post production.

The Panasonic HC-W850 Twin Camera is a Full HD camcorder, many photographers are highly interested in this amazing camcorder but there is a problem that hinders their future step–How to import Panasonic HC-W850 1080/60p AVCHD MTS to iMovie on Mac OS X (El Capitan is included) if they want to do some editing work with their AVCHD recordings.

“I like the W850 camcorder, great to have manual control etc., but what bothers me is the preference to AVCHD, which is so hard to find a way to make it editable in iMovie. I want the AVCHD format for recording, but the importing issue is my big problem.”

Actually, it is not so difficult to handle the problem. Panasonic HC-W850 AVCHD is not the natively supported video format of iMovie, but the Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) is. So, you just need to convert Panasonic HC-W850 recordings to iMovie compatible video format and your incompatibility problem can be solved.

Some main formats that iMovie/FCE supported are allowed below:

List of iMovie/FCE exported video formats:

Now the question is how to get a powerful Panasonic HC-W850 to iMovie Converter for Mac? Here we highly recommend Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (review). By running it, there's no need to set the codec by yourself; the Mac program has optimized presets for iMovie. Besides, the program is developed with some useful editing features, including merging several clips into one for easy importing, downsizing the files for editing and storage, adding text/image/video to original files, adding subtitles, replacing original audio tracks, etc.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial for you to figure out your AVCHD MTS footage to iMovie problem:

Step 1: Import Panasonic HC-W850 files to Mac MTS Converter. Run it as the best Mac MTS Converter, and click the “Add video” button to load your original files. You may also directly drag and drop files to application UI for importing files.

Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “iMovie and Final Cut Express>>Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” as the best output format.

Step 3: Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.

Step 4: When everything is ready, click “Convert” to start converting Panasonic HC-W850 AVCHD MTS to AIC MOV. This Mac MTS/M2TS Converter supports batch conversion so you may load multiple files and convert them at one time.

Conclusion: After converting, you can get the generated files by clicking “Open” button. Now, you can edit Panasonic HC-W850 AVCHD footage in iMovie freely.

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Comments: 3
  • #1

    harga pabx panasonic (Wednesday, 21 October 2015 10:29)

    Panasonic HC-W850 Twin Camera is a full-HD camcorder, it has proven its quality.
    The biggest problem is difficult to move the video format is nice, but the problem in this article has been completed

  • #2

    freetimed (Monday, 25 January 2016 05:04)

    I highly recommend Avdshare video converter which can convert AVCHD to imovie and convert other formats, like converting AVI, MKV, VOB, Xvid, FLV, WMV, WTV, MXF, TOD, etc.

  • #3

    Happy Halloween 2016 Trolls (Saturday, 13 August 2016 04:57)

    awesome post love it