Summary: This article provides the easiest workflow to convert Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 AVCHD MTS to editable MOV with DNxHD, AIC, ProRes, DVCPRO coedc for post production in Avid Media Composer, iMovie, FCE, Final Cut Pro, etc.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 review
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 is the first mirrorless stills hybrid that seems to be able to do it all. This one is amazing camera! 4K 10bit 4:2:2 out of the mini HDMI. The GH4 shoots 4K in 16:9 UHD 4K 3840×2160 video at 23.98p, 24p or 29.97p, and 17:9 DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) 4K 4096×2160 videos at 24p. Available formats include MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive, and AVCHD at a variety of frame rates. In MP4 / MOV, high quality LPCM (Linear Pulse Code Modulation) sound can be recorded. Generally, down converting a finished project shot in 4K into HD always gives you a better higher quality image.
Why convert Panasonic GH4 AVCHD to MOV?
AVCHD is highly advanced file based format used to play digital recording and playback of high definition videos. It also puts more stress on the CPU, as AVCHD footage is highly compressed and the CPU is needed to decode it properly. MOV is a QuickTime format/container, which can use a variety of codecs (like the Divx and Xvid codecs found with many .avi files), Apple Intermediate Codec is the codec used for iMovie and FCE compatible footage, ProRes is the codec for converting AVCHD MTS to FCP compatible footage for Mac editing.
Why use Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac
Conversion is easy. But many audio/video isssues will be turned up during conversion. You may find AVCHD to .mov files too big, you may find AVCHD to MOV losing quality and you may have audio playback out of sync after converting AVCHD MTS to MOV. Some popular AVCHD conversion tools, such as ClipWarp or FFmpeg are with multiple complex steps that you may don't know how to choose best export format for edting.
However, Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac is extremely easy to use with advanced AVCHD encoding technology. You can easily convert Panasonic Lumix GH4 AVCHD video to editable MOV on Mac OS X with only 3 steps. The export video category shows the best editable format for Final Cut Prom FCE, iMovie, etc. You can freely rewrap AVCHD to QuickTime MOV, DNxHD MOV, ProRes MOV, etc on the latest 10.9.2 Mavericks. The file size is pretty much the same as the video/audio hasnt been touched with almost original quality. Moreover, with 310+ export video formats, you can downconvert Panasonic GH4 4K video to HD or SD video.
Below is a step-by-step guide to rewrap AVCHD MTS clips to editable quicktime mov on Mac.
1. Click "Add Video" to load the .mts files from GH4 Camcorder to the program. You can directly drag the file to the app.
2. Click "Format" bar to choose output format:
Choose "Common video -> MOV-QuickTime (*.mov)" for editng. You can also choose MOV with ProRes, DNxHD, AIC , etc.
3.Click convert button to start converting Panasonic GH4 MTS to QuickTime mov for easier editng
After the Mac MTS to MOV conversion, you can import the converted footages for editing and playing smoothly on Mac.