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How to Transcode Panasonic AG-HMC40 MTS to ProRes MOV for FCP 7 on Mac?

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Panasonic AG-HMC40 AVCCAM HD Camcorder & AG-MYA30G XLR Mic Adapter / Holder is a kit including an AG-HMC40 Camcorder and a dual input XLR Microphone Adapter and Holder that mounts right under the tip of the camcorder's detachable handle (as shown in the photo above). The HMC40 is designed to record in high definition on standard SD and SDHC memory cards. The camera is extremely portable and lightweight, weighing in at just over 2 lbs. While SD-based camcorders have been gaining ground in the consumer market, the HMC40 has the ability to record AVCHD images at significantly higher bitrates. This enhancement makes the camera's codec more efficient than comparable HD interframe codecs, such as HDV and XDCAM EX. Using H.264 as its compression algorithm, the camera can record incredibly detailed images at a fraction of the file size.

Final Cut Pro 7 is new released with powerful new features like expanded ProRes codecs, improved speed/XML interchange/media management, etc and some time-saving improvements like automatic transfer, easy export, and so on. Although this new released FCP 7 supports AVCHD with at 1080p 24/25/30, 1080i 50/60, 720p 24/25/30/50/60, the Panasonic AG-HMC40 1080/24p AVCHD MTS is incompatible with Mac FCP 7!

So if you want to edit Panasonic AG-HMC40 1080 24p in Final Cut Pro 7, you are recommended to use UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac, which is the superior Mac Panasonic AG-HMC40 MTS to FCP 7 converter for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard. It does not only convert Panasonic 1080 24p AVCHD to MOV on Mac, but also merges 1080 24p MTS files for import into Final Cut Pro 7.

Here is the step-by-step guide for you to import and edit Panasonic AG-HMC40 1080p/24 MTS to Final Cut Pro 7 on iMac/MacBook Pro with Mac OS X Maverick/Mountain Lion/Lion/Snow Leopard.

Step 1. Load AVCHD 1080 24p videos to UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac.

After transferring .mts files from Panasonic AG-HMC40 camera, run UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac as the best Mac Panasonic MTS to MOV converter, and click the "Add File" button to load .mts videos.

Step 2. Choose H.264/AVC MOV output format.

Click the "Format" option, and choose HD Video or Common Video > H.264 MOV Video (*.mov) for converting AVCHD videos from MTS to MOV with H.264/AVC as video codec for loading to Final Cut Studio. With this option, the output video will be kept as high definition 1920x1080.

Step 3. Merge Panasonic AVCHD files. (optional)
Select all the files and then click "Merge", and the Panasonic AG-HMC40 1080 24p MTS converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.

Step 4. Convert Panasonic AG-HMC40 MTS to MOV for Final Cut Pro 7.

Click the convert button under the preview window, the Mac Panasonic MTS converter starts converting AG-HMC40 1080 24p MTS videos to H.246 .mov, and joining the MTS files for editing in Final Cut Pro 7.

After converting and merging the MTS files, just import the output files to Final Cut Pro 7 and the video is in HD 1920x1080. You can also import the output videos to Final Cut Express (FCE) 4 for editing in full HD.

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