“I’m trying to get an idea of the workflow associated with shooting/editing 3D footage Panasonic’s AG-3DA1 in FCP. The final output will be uploaded to YouTube for web viewing. Please let me know if I’m forgetting anything.”
Panasonic’s AG-3DA1, a full 1080p 3D video recorder with twin lenses and dual 2 megapixel 3MOS sensors was revealed in 2009 and it is considered as the cheapest but professional camcorder on the market. It records Full HD 1080/60i, 1080/30p, 1080/24p AVCHD videos with 25.5-inch 3D LCD monitors, which is a great helper for professionals, such as movie producers, photographers. After recording stunning video clips you would like to edit them in video editing programs like Final Cut Pro, while you may meet the trouble with video import because AVCHD is not the compatible video codec for FCP including FCP 6, FCP 7, FCP X. It would take a long time to import AVCHD files into FCP with Log & Transfer, which is a process of rendering AVCHD MTS files to FCP native ProRes codec. The best way is to transcode Panasonic AG-3DA1 3D AVCHD to FCP acceptable ProRes format first before import, and it saves time and remain video quality.
How to transfer and edit Panasonic AG-3DA1 AVCHD in FCP without rendering?
1. Free download Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac – A powerful 3D AVCHD to FCP Converter.
Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac does a great job on transcoding AVCHD MTS, M2TS, M2T, TS files to FCP ProRes format with less 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.
2. Add Panasonic AG-3DA1 3D AVCHD MTS files.
Copy your files from Panasonic camcorder to Mac hard drive, click “Add video” icon on Pavtube to load AVCHD MTS files.
3. Select output format.
From the Format list, you would find “Final Cut Pro” template and choose “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) to get FCP friendly files.
4. Custom output settings and Edit video clips optionally.
You are able to adjust profile parameters such as video codec, bit rate, frame rate, size, etc to get better video quality in saved files.
Meanwhile, Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter Mac provides video editor options to help you customize videos, including trimming, cropping, merging into one file, splitting. Do what you need to get optimized video clips.
5. Convert Panasonic AG-3DA1 3D AVCHD footages to Apple ProRes for FCP.
On Pavtube main UI, click “Convert” button and conversion begins. When finished, find generated MOV files by clicking “Open” icon. Start transferring Panasonic AG-3DA1 3D AVCHD video footages to FCP for video editing.