For a couple of years, Panasonic has garnered a number of top accolades for its top-notch camcorders, including HC-X900 series. HC-X900 series (HC-X800, HC-X900 and HC-X900M) was the new product of Panasonic in 2012, which can shoot Full HD 1080P videos in AVCHD format with rich colors. There’re some smaller improvements in Panasonic HC-X900 over its predecessors, rather than any particular sea change in design. However, is the HC-X900 really a big leap against the previous generation?
As a Mac user, I may disappointedly say the answer is actually no. If you are a Mac user and have record some videos with the HC-X900, just like me, you might have noticed that the Panasonic HC-X800/X900/X900M 1080P AVCHD MTS videos are invalid on Mac, which means to edit HC-X900 AVCHD in iMovie, FCP, or FCE is impossible. That’s really sucks!
Fortunately, I’ve found an easy way to import Panasonic HC-X900 AVCHD to iMovie. That is to convert HC-X900 AVCHD to AIC .mov via a professional third-party Mac AVCHD Converter. For my part, I have chosen the one from Doremisoft since it can help me transcode HC-X900 AVCHD to MOV with best quality and highest efficiency. If you have the same problems like me, you can try it.
By the way, if you are a Windows users and have the same problem with Panasonic HC-X900, you can choose AVCHD Converter for Windows.
To edit HC-X900 AVCHD in iMovie, first you need to load the source AVCHD MTS/M2TS files to the Mac AVCHD Video Converter. Simply click "Add File" and select the .mts files from your local disk.
Since MOV is the default video format for Mac and thus can be recognize by all Mac media players and editors, you should choose "Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" from the "iMovie" tab in the "Convert to" drop-up list.
After the settings, you can preview the result of the videos being converted. When you are satisfied with the final result, press the big purple "START" button on the bottom right of the panel to launch the conversion from HC-X900 AVCHD to AIC .mov. Thereafter, you can easily import Panasonic HC-X900 AVCHD to iMovie for editing.