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Sep 27

Flawlessly Import and Edit Panasonic AG-HVX200 P2 MXF footage into iMovie 8/9/11

Summary: By the article, you will learn the easiest way to import and edit Panasonic AG-HVX200 P2 MXF recording with iMovie flawlessly on Mac Mountain Lion 10.8 by transcoding Panasonic P2 MXF to iMovie campatible codec “Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) MOV”.

Q: One of my clients just bought a used Panasonic P2 camera, a AG-HVX200, and wants to edit P2 MXF footage (720p 24p) in iMovie 11 and Mac Mountain Lion 10.8.

I’m looking for an simple, reliable, reasonably priced converter so they can take their Panasonic P2 MXF footage and prep it for iMovie 11.

I am seeing a number of products on the market that do this, but I’m not sure which one I should purchase.

Do you guys have something suitable for this task?


A: Apple Intermediate Codec is iMovie preferred video. That is to say, AIC videos will show you a better performance when you import and edit them in iMoive. So you’d better to choose a program which can export AIC videos. My brother is a photographer and he owns a Canon XF100. The program he uses is a MXF Converter for Mac made by PavTube (it seems to be this name). He usually exports Apple ProRes video for further editing in FCP. I have tested this program and noticed that it also has AIC output. Please google PavTube MXF Converter for Mac and check if it is helpful.

Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac is entitled as a top P2 MXF to iMovie Converter. It supports encoding Panasonic P2 and Canon C300/XF105/XF100/XF300 MXF files to iMovie native format so that you can easily import Panasonic P2 camera recording MXF to iMovie 8/9/11 for editing on Mac Mountain Lion 10.8. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time.

Required software:

1. Free Download P2 MXF to iMovie Converter for Mac

2. Supported OS: Mac OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8)

Below, I will offer a quick tutorial up on how to transcode Panasonic AG-HVX200 P2 to AIC MOV for editing on iMovie 8/9/11 smoothly on Mac Mountain Lion 10.8.

Step 1. Load P2 MXF footage from Panasonic AG-HVX200 to Pavtube P2 MXF to iMovie Converter for Mac.

Install and run P2 MXF to iMovie Converter for Mac, load your P2 MXF files into the program.

MXF file structure on Panasonic’s P2 card


If you are loading Panasonic P2 MXF files to Pavtube MXF converter for Mac to Final Cut Express to do format conversion, please make sure you have the entire MXF file structure as it saved on your camcorder’s P2 card. As the above screenshot of MXF file structure on Panasonic’s P2 card showing, .MXF clips are all saved in ‘VIDEO’ folder, while audio files are all stored in ‘AUDIO’ folder, so if you only have some loose .MXF clips, your files will have image only without audio.

Step 2. Select AIC MOV as the output format for iMovie 8/9/11 and set the output folder.

Click “Format”, and move mouse pointer to “iMovie and Final Cut Express”, from the sublist, you can easily find the “Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” which is the compatible format for you to import Panasonic AG-HVX200 P2 MXF to iMovie 8/9/11 for further editing on Mac Mountain Lion 10.8.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button in the main interface to start convert Panasonic AG-HVX200 P2 MXF to AIC MOV for iMovie 8/9/11 editing on Mac Mountain Lion 10.8.

Some more helpful features of the Panasonic P2 MXF to iMovie Converter for Mac:

1. Settings – click to set video resolution (1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p).

2. Editor – click “” bar to set effect, deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop etc.

As a 2012 professional P2 MXF to iMovie Converter for Mac, it also supports transcoding P2 MXF to Apple ProRes Codec for editing with Final Cut Pro 6/7 and FCP X.


Sep 26

Perfect setup for a seamless transition to FCP X and OS X Lion

Forget all the rumors and speculation about Final Cut Pro X, Creative Cow Contributing Editor David Roth Weiss delivers nothing but facts as he guides you through the steps necessary to partition your Mac system drive with a cool multi-boot setup that will allow you to easily and efficiently switch back and forth between different versions of Final Cut Pro, FCPX, between different operating systems, or all of the above.

A Seamless Transition to OS X Lion and FCP X

Back in August of 2009, I posted “Snow Leopard 101: For Smart People Only,” just in time for Apple’s planned rollout of their latest version of OS X. For those who would listen, I offered advice that would help fellow Creative Cows make a seamless transition to the Snow Leopard operating system, so they could avoid any problems running Final Cut Pro.

Unfortunately, some people either failed to get the message or chose to ignore it, opting instead to install Snow Leopard on their working system drives over the top of their existing installations of FCP and the Leopard OS. As I’d expected, many of those encountered problems and later returned to the FCP Forum for help in an effort to sort through an entire range of issues with the OS, with FCP, or with both. Too bad they didn’t get the message; it would have saved them many hours of frustration. Well, now change is upon us yet again, and the long awaited and eagerly anticipated next generations of both Final Cut Pro and OS X are going to roll out soon. OS X Lion is scheduled for release on July 9th, and FCP X is due sometime later this month, in June 2011.

Don’t be surprised to discover that transitioning to FCP X and OS X Lion will not happen overnight; the initial software releases of both will undoubtedly have at least a few bugs and kinks that will need to be ironed out. And, there’s bound to be a waiting period while new drivers are written for RAID controllers and I/O devices. Of course, since FCP X is a radical departure from the Final Cut Pro we all know, the learning curve for most editors will probably be fairly steep while we familiarize ourselves with the features and figure out how to integrate it into both new and established workflows.

For all of the reasons above, the majority of us will want to be able to quickly and easily switch back and forth between FCP X and our current working versions of Final Cut Pro. To do that efficiently, you’ll want to create at least a dual-boot system drive, and I’ll show you how to set that up simply and elegantly. Once you’ve got that up and running, you’ll be able to fearlessly run two or more versions of Final Cut on your computer, with different operating systems if needed.

Configuring your dual-boot system drive
First, you’ll need either a new or clean Firewire or SATA hard drive of at least 500-Gigabytes for this procedure, and if you’re planning to install the Adobe Creative Suite as well, it wouldn’t hurt to start with a 1-Terabyte hard drive, which will allow you to create larger partitions than the ones I show you here.

CORRECTION: I’ve now tested and confirmed that USB drives are valid boot drives under the Snow Leopard operating system, however, Firewire and SATA hard drives are still preferred for all editing applications, because of their higher sustained throughput.

Connect the Firewire drive via either FW-400 or FW-800; or in the case of a SATA hard drive, install that in one of the spare drive bays in your MacPro. (Hard drives connecting via USB ports are not bootable and thus cannot be used as system drives for any Mac operating systems.) Then, follow the simple instructions in my video brief video tutorial. You’ll learn a lot of value information, and you’ll find that cloning and partitioning your hard drives on a Mac is easier than you think.


After following the instructions in the tutorial, when you’re done cloning your current system drive to the first partition on your new hard drive, test it so you’ll feel confident that you’ve succeeded. It’ll give you a lot of confidence in your new computer skills.

To boot to the new partition #1 (Snow Leopard & FCS 3 in my example), or to boot to any bootable partition once you’ve installed an operating system there, simply restart your computer as normal, but hold down the Option key on your keyboard. When the monitor refreshes after the reboot, you’ll see that icons will appear that represent each of the available bootable drives or bootable partitions on your computer. Just double click on the one you want and your computer will boot to the operating system on that drive. It’s just that simple.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and find it helpful in setting up your Mac to run all the newest software from Apple.

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Sep 25

Burn huge MTS files to DVD without loss of quality and sharing with family and friends

Nowadays, more and more families own HD (High-definition) digital camcorders which produce MTS extension files, especially for Sony, Panasonic and Canon users. With these camcorders, we can record our wonderful moments. And MTS files are high definition videos with perfect video quality. So, “how can I share MTS videos from my HD camcorders with my friends and family? Burn .mts to DVD?” has become a hot topic for camera fan.

By Googel search, I found many question about burn mts to dvd, for example:

Q1: Burning .MTS files to DVD without loss of quality

Well my problem is that i have .MTS video files (summing up to 2.2 gigs) to which i’d like to put on DVD without losing any quality.
The resolution of the video’s thus far are 1920×1080 (its video taken from sony HDR-SR11 HD Camcorder)…now i no that DVD resolution is max of 720×480 but i’m wondering if there is a possible way of keeping as much quality possible when burning to DVD and how i’d go about doing this.

I don’t have an HD DVD player or BD player…..(not yet at least..maybe in several months)…but like any of us on this forum…im patient..:P

Q2: How can I burn mts files to DVD?

I just bought a new Canon Vixia HF10 which saves video file in .MTS. Yesterday I had a family party and recorded it. I would like to burn the recorded files to DVD to send my family.

I have tried to burn it with Nero version, but it did not work.

Please let me know which program can burn the MTS files to DVD. Thanks.

Q3: Burning MTS on dvd

Canon HF10 save video file in mts formats, few days ago i had christening service of my twins as well a party. Both occasions are more than 27 gb and in different files altogether.

Now I would like to burn it in the dvd to send to families. I tried to burn mts files through nero vision, but it doesn’t works. Before I do use or dl another programme would like to be very sure what am doing.
Please let me know which program is requiring burning those mts files in dvd format and secondly i am looking to have them in one or two dvds.

Is there possibility to reduce them from 27 gb to the size of at least 2 dvd??

Thanks alot in advance.

Q4: How to burn the recorded MTS files to DVD to share my family

I just bought a new camcorder which saves video file in .MTS. Yesterday I had a family party and recorded it. I would like to burn the recorded MTS files to DVD to send my family. I have tried to burn it with Nero version, but it did not work. Please let me know which program can burn MTS files to DVD. Thanks.

Best Solution:

Like the user stated above, you may want to know the easiest way to burn camera or camcorder recorded MTS footages to DVD disc for backup or sharing with others, it is complicated to use DVD professional burning software like ImgBurn or Nero, and they usually store your AVCHD videos project as a data one. (Simply copy them to the new project and burn them directly like you’d write out some files.), in this case, you may not put these DVD discs in DVD player for playback. You must burn AVCHD MTS to DVD as a playable one.

The Pavtube DVD Creator is capable of writing .MTS files to a DVD for transferring, backup or playback purposes. Actually, many authoring programs offer “AVCHD” profile for engraving MTS HD video on a DVD. Such AVCHD discs are incompatible with regular DVD-Video players, because it employs AVC video encoding instead of MPEG-2 Part 2, but can be played in many Blu-ray Disc players. A conventional single-layer 12 cm DVD can store 35 minutes of video recorded at maximum bitrate allowed for DVD media by AVCHD specification – 18Mbps. To create a DVD from MTS files and ensure it playable on consumer DVD players, Pavtube DVD Creator is an ideal choice.

Some Advantages of burning AVCHD MTS footage to DVD:

1. Burn MTS videos to DVD to share and deliver. Such as: you can burn Wedding and Party AVHCD recordings MTS to DVD, send it to family and friends for sharing funny time.

2. Burn .MTS files to a DVD for safekeeping.

3. Burn MTS to DVD, you are enabled to watch MTS on your widescreen TV through a regular DVD player.

4. Burn MTS to DVD to save storage space for your camera and computer.

5. You can easily carry burn DVD Disc along, and playback it in house, go on a trip, even stay in car.

Tips & Warnings:

1. Both single layer DVD-5 and dual-layer DVD-9 can be used as target disc, yet we suggest you choose DVD-5 over DVD-9 because when burning data to D5 your DVD-burner writes faster with a lower risk of burning failure.

2. To make the output file size fit for your disc space, you can choose “Low Quality”, “Normal Qualit”, “High Quality” or Customize the file quality by yourself. The DVD Creator will detect and display the final output file size in real time.

3. In the following case, we imported 30 m2ts video clips (22.8 GB together in file size) into Pavtube DVD Creator, when choosing “D9” and “High Quality”, the MTS DVD-authoring program shows the exported file size will be about 7.2 GB, which is absolutely suitable for DVD-9 creation. If you are using D5, simply select a relatively lower quality to fit your smaller disc space.

Begin to burn MTS to DVD steps

Free Download Pavtube MTS to DVD Burner

Burn MTS to DVD Step 1.

Install the DVD-authoring program Pavtube DVD Creator, run the best MTS to DVD Creator. Click the “import” button to load your AVCHD footages, you can click Add title button to add more titles. The app supports various popular video formats, such as AVI, MKV, WMV, MOV, MTS, M2TS, TiVo, MOD, TOD, etc.

Burn MTS to DVD Step 2

Switch to “Menu” pane. Double-click a DVD menu beneath the Menu Template to apply it to your DVD. You can customize the background video/image, background music, text, title thumbnail and more for your DVD menu. You can also choose the DVD quality at the bottom of the software, higher quality requires bigger DVD disc volume. You can also right click the title and select “edit”, trim the MTS video to different part, and then you can burn them to DVD for several times.

Burn MTS to DVD Step 3

If everything is ready, you may click the “Burn” button to start burning MTS to DVD disc. You can choose to Burn Sony/Canon/Panasonic AVCHD MTS to DVD disc, or save as ISO file.

NOTE: If you are a primary users, please click here “How to use DVD Creator – A brief guide for beginners


Sep 24

Import Sony HDR-CX260V/B AVCHD MTS to iMovie or FCE with AIC MOV codec

Sony HDR-CX260V/B creates stunningly beautiful 1920x1080p Full HD videos, letting you record your memories in exceptional full high definition quality. It is capable of 60p recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother playback of your memories.

User reviews:

Pros: It’s really as good as you could hope. Low light is very decent also. There is no light but frankly, footage shot with a tiny light bulb or LED never looks good anyways. Still photo quality is sorta grainy but it’s nice to have. You can also pop in an SD card & record hours and hours more. I would highly recommend getting a 32gb SD card (amazon basics has a nice one) and then you don’t have to connect the camera to your computer, just insert the SD card.

Cons: The HQ video mode is not compatible with the Mac without some hassling. The HQ mode is the default shooting mode and it’s really what you want to be using. It gives you the highest, best frame rate. You have to adjust down to FH or Standard quality to get iMovie or Final Cut to recognize the video.

AVCHD recording format is the more and more popular among HD Camecorders, such as the powerful Sony HDR-CX160, Sony HDR-CX190, Panasonic HC-X900M , Canon Vixia HF G10 Camcorders.

As for how to import and edit Sony HDR-CX260V/B 1080p MTS in Final Cut Express or iMovie, you can follow the bellow steps.

Step 1: Load MTS files.

Connect Sony HDR-CX260V/B to your Mac via USB 2.0, or insert your SD Card to Mac. You can browse the .mts files from AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM. And then insall and luanch the best Mac Sony MTS to AIC Converter. Click the “File” or the related label to add the .mts files from your Camcorder.

Tips: If you want to merge multiple 1080p MTS clips into one, please tick “Merge into one file” box to merge the files into one single file.

Step 2: Choose output format.

Click on the “Format” and move you pointer to “iMovie and Final Cut Express” on the dropdown menu, choose .

Step 3: Set the best video profile for FCE/iMovie editing Sony HDR-CX260V/B MTS files.

Click the “Settings” icon and you will be led to the “Profile Settings”, on which page you can customize the codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.


1. 30 fps, and video size as 1920*1080 are recommended parameters to keep the best quality for editing MTS footages in Final Cut Express or iMovie.

2. If you want to have a smaller file size but keep the good quality, you can change the video size to 1440*1080.

Step 4: Convert MTS to AIC MOV.

Click the “Convert” button, it will start the fast convert Sony HDR-CX260V/B MTS to ProRes for FCE/iMovie on Mac. You can get the estimated time and video size in the “Conversion” interface.

With the best MTS to AIC Converter for Mac, you will be able to get the output files for FCE/iMovie by clicking on “Open” button. you can import and edit Sony HDR-CX260V/B 1080p MTS in FCE or iMovie easily and effortlessly.


1. If you want edit MTS video in Final Cut Pro (X), click FCP column.

2. Learn more at MTS column.

3. If you want to save storage space for your camera and computer, safekeeping or playback it in house, go on a trip, even stay in car, you can burn MTS videos to DVD.

Free Download Sony MTS Converter for Mac


Sep 24

DNxHD Codec – Import Olympus E-P3 AVI/AVCHD to Avid Media Composer

Summary: Pavtube Avid DNxHD Converter is the best Olympus AVI/AVCHD to Avid DNxHD (*.MOV) Converter which can convert Olympus E-PL1, E-P2, E-PL2, E-5, E-PM1, E-PL3, E-P3 AVI/AVCHD to Avid DNxHD (*.MOV) before importing Olympus AVI/AVCHD recording to Avid Media Composer for editing on Mac or Windows.

What is Avid DNxHD?

Avid DNxHD –  which stands for “Digital Nonlinear Extensible High Definition”, is a lossy high-definition video post-production codec engineered for multi-generation compositing with reduced storage and bandwidth requirements. DNxHD codec was developed by Avid Technology, Inc. It is comparable with Apple’s ProRes 422 which uses similar bit rates and has the same purpose. This codec can be used as both an intermediate editing format and as a presentation format. DNxHD data is typically stored in an MXF container and it can also be stored in a QuickTime container.

Why use Avid DNxHD codec?

Native HD camera compression formats are efficient, but simply aren’t engineered to maintain quality during complex post production effects processing. Uncompressed HD delivers superior image quality, but data rates and file sizes can stop a workflow dead in its tracks. Avid DNxHD delivers both efficiency and quality without compromises.

Key benefits of Avid DNxHD codec

– Optimal mastering picture quality

– Minimal degradation over multiple generations

– Reduced storage requirements

– Enables real-time HD sharing and collaboration

– Improved multi-stream performance

AVCHD Users:

1. If you have any problem editing AVCHD files in Avid Media Composer on Mac, you can convert AVCHD to a format/codec that work perfectly with Avid Media Composer. Avid DNxHD Converter is absolutely your practical choice to convert AVCHD to Avid DNxHD mov. The program supports to create 1080p and 720p Avid DNxHD mov codec from various formats and device formats:

Formats: TS, MTS, M2TS(Blu-ray), M2T, MXF(partial), MKV, Tivo, TOD, MOD, AVI, Divx, MP4, MOV, FLV, MPG, F4V(Youtube, Hulu, Fox, etc), M4V, DV, VOB, DAT, 3GP, 3G2, RM, RMVB, etc.

Device Formats: Olympus/Panasonic/Sony/Canon/JVC AVCHD, Sony HDCAM SR, Sony NXCAM, Sony XDCAM, Panasonic P2, Panasonic AVCCAM, RED.


Software: Free Download Olympus E-P3 AVCHD to Avid Converter on Windows or Mac.


Operating system

Windows Supported OS: Windows XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7

Mac Supported OS: Mac OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8)

Guide: How to convert Olympus E-P3 AVI/AVCHD recordings to Avid DNxHD MOV for smoothly editing in Avid Media Composer (include Avid MC 6/5.5/5) on Mac.

Step 1: Connect your Olympus E-P3 with USB and ingest AVCHD recordings to your Mac. Launch and run the best Mac Olympus AVCHD/AVI to Avid Converter. And click “Add” to import your Olympus E-P3 AVCHD files.

Step 2: Click the Format option, and move your pointer to “Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD (*.mov)” to chosse the best codec for Avid.


1. If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like. Of course, you should keep a balance on the appropriate video size and best video quality.

2. You can go to “” and get the imported videos cropped, trimmed, flipped, added effect as you want and deinterlace 720i AVCHD or AVI in the Effect.

3. Many users find their output file is too large. So if you want to to limit the size and length of the video, just press on “Split the selected task” in the main interface by specifying the clip quantity, duration time and file size to cut the selected video file into required video clips.

Step 3. Click “Convert” button to begin convert Olympus E-P3 AVCHD/AVI to Avid DNxHD MOV.

After conversion, click “Open” folder to find converted footage, then you can import the converted Olympus E-P3 AVCHD/AVI files to Avid Media Composer for further editing on Mac.

This Mac Olympus AVCHD Converter can also convert HD videos for FCP (X) on Mac Mountain Lion with good quality, what’s more, it supports nearly all Olympus compact cameras, such as convert Olympus E-PM1, E-PL3, E-P3 AVCHD/AVI to FCP 7/X, convert Olympus E-PL1, E-P2, E-PL2 AVI to FCP 7/X, etc. just download the Video Converter for Olympus and have a try.

Tip: If you want to watch AVCHD recording MTS videos on your widescreen TV through a regular DVD player, first you need to burn recording MTS to DVD.


Sep 20

Transcode Sony HDR-PJ760 MTS to Adobe Premiere 2 compatible WMV format

“I have Adobe Premiere 2. I have also recently bought a new Sony HDR-PJ760 AVCHD handycam.  Excellent camera/quality for the price. Now I find that there are issues with the user friendliness of these AVCHD files. I have a background as a video tape editor and am not very literate when it comes to codec and file type talk. Can you tell me if there is a way to get a smooth video image conversion and then I can edit PJ760 recorded video in Premiere 2?”

Many camera or camcorder users may have encountered this problem as shown above, Sony and Panasonic cameras and camcorders recorded videos are in AVCHD format, this format is well to record video data, but it’s not compatible with so many editing software, such as Adobe Premiere 2, you can’t edit Sony PJ760 AVCHD MTS in premiere 2 smoothly due to the format and codec.

What’s the best format for use in Premiere on windows? The best format is WMV format, it’s the best compatible format on Windows platform, now this article will share the way to transcode Sony PJ760 MTS to Adobe Premiere 2 compatible WMV format.

Free Download Pavtube Sony MTS Converter, this is an excellent Sony HDR-PJ760 MTS converter for Premiere 2.

1. Install and run Sony MTS to Adobe Premiere 2, import Sony recorded AVCHD files to the AVCHD MTS to Adobe Premiere 2 converter.

2. Click format bar to choose output format for Premiere, please click and choose Adobe Premiere -> WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv).

3. You can click settings button to adjust output parameters, such as resolution, bitrate, etc.

4.Click “convert” button in the main interface to start convert Sony HDR-PJ760 MTS to WMV for Adobe Premiere 2 editing.

Pavtube Sony MTS to Adobe Premiere 2 Converter for Premiere 2 can convert Sony HDR-PJ760 MTS/M2TS at a fast speed, video and audio synchronization are perfect guaranteed.


1. For more guides and tips, please visit MTS column.

2. If you want to burn Wedding and Party AVHCD recordings MTS to DVD, send it to family and friends for sharing funny time, please click this article “How to burn huge MTS files to DVD“.


Sep 20

Sony HDR-PJ760 Review

A camcorder with projector included

Lately there hasn’t been much happening where camcorders are concerned. Sales haven’t been that noticeable. Cheap and in the middle camcorders don’t really have new or enhanced features. But the higher end is still the place where all the action is happening. Panasonic and Canon are doing great with their latest devices. Sony pushes them aside and gives us the HDR-PJ760. At the end of the tests we did, we came out impressed with its specs. Want to see why? Then have a look at this review.

Carl Zeiss lens

Seen from the front, from the back, below and on top, this is a beautiful camcorder. Not breathing, but really beautiful. Directly on the front sit the Carl Zeiss lens, some mics and the optical zoom. The mics are strong, thanks to the surround technology they have. The lens has next to it a knurled knob that can be programmed. Having a lens ring instead of that would have been a better move. But we didn’t miss it quite that much and we liked this alternative. The CPU has a optical steady shot system. This feature snapped pics at 24.1 megapixels; which is an awesome feat for a camcorder.

The issue that happens when users pan quickly and then stop and the imagery stops also suddenly doesn’t happen here. The HDR-PJ760 has something which sort of buffers its lens; the result is that the image is brought to a much gentle halt.

Up to 96GB storage capacity

We couldn’t resist, so we shook the HDR-PJ760 camera a bit. Nothing tragic happened. Only that the lens moved inside the body. It might sound weird, but it was fun to experience that.

Above the device’s lens there’s a LED light. This touch to the camcorder lends an extremely helpful hand. In the sense that the product is able to bring a lot of light to a room which is dark; or a face, for that matter. Shooting videos at night is a favorite thing of ours. The HDR-PJ760 made that wish of ours come true and turn into a pleasure.

The device sports a kind of inside projector. That is: the LED is integrated into the LCD’s exterior. The output us, during tests, very nice. Brightness was a real treat when we stood in a dark room.After we finished recording footage, we stored it on our own memory stick; but you can also use the SD card for that. The memory holds 96GB.

Easy to use menu

The menu of the camcorder is touch-enabled. Operating the menu is so very easy, because of the clarity of the display.

The list of features boasted by Sony’s latest camcorder ends with something else. An integrated GPS proved helpful now and then. It’s not such a terribly important thing to write about in this review. It’s like we can’t escape such a feature anymore. Almost all the gadgets have it. It feels a bit too much. But we won’t deny that there are many consumers who will love to see it on a camcorder.

If you are a complete beginner with such a device, tough luck. There’s no user’s manual to guide you through its mechanisms. But there are manuals lying around on the Internet, so that’s not the end of the world.

Review conclusion

The Sony HDR-PJ760 costs $1,899. Not very cheap. But you’ll get good value for this kind of amount.

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Sep 20

News: Leica M camera has live-view and 1080p video capture

Yesterday, Canon stole the show, but today’s darling of Photokina appears to be the just-announced Leica M camera. Show attendees flocked to the “new M” demo counter this morning, nudging through the crowd for a chance to check out Leica’s first live-view equipped M. This new feature is powered by a new 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, and also enables 1080p video capture at 24 and 25 frames-per-second — another first for Leica. Live-view and HD video shooting may not seem like banner features for a €6,200 (about $8,100) camera, but considering they’ve never been offered before, these additions seem to be highlights for hopeful M10 owners.

The camera itself is quite beastly, in typical M fashion, and appears to have just as much heft as the M9. There’s a new Gorilla Glass-equipped 3-inch, 920k-dot display, that’s plenty sharp and quite responsive in live-view mode. Adjacent to the display, you’ll find a new LV button, which, as you may have guessed, launches the new realtime display mode. There’s also a playback button, along with direct access to ISO, image deletion and menu settings. Up top, there’s the Leica trademark shutter speed dial (aperture control is on the lens), letting you select from bulb all the way through 1/4000 second. There’s a full-size hot shoe up top with an accessory connector for the EVF 2 attachment, and a second proprietary connector on the bottom to interface with the accessory grip, which adds USB connectivity and built-in GPS.

We can’t comment on image quality just yet, but there’s no question that the “new M” marks Leica’s commitment to finally bring otherwise commonplace features to its popular (and pricey) rangefinder line. Look for this latest model to hit stores in early 2013, but you can take a closer look today in our hands-on gallery below and video demo after the break.

Update: This post originally stated that the new Leica M had yet to be named, however the company has confirmed that the new camera will simply be named, “The Leica M,” without numbers. “The Leica M also marks the beginning of a new era in the Leica product naming policy. In [the] future, Leica M and S model names will omit the number suffix to emphasize the enduring and long-term significance of the respective systems.”


Sep 20

Sony XDCAM and Final Cut Pro X Workflow: Importing Sony XDCAM media to FCP X on Mac


XDCAM, introduced by Sony in 2003, has four different products lines – the XDCAM SD, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX and XDCAM HD422, which differ in encoder, frame size, container and recording media. Designed for heavy-duty field acquisition, Sony XDCAM camcorders provide the excellent picture quality, operability and reliability. Besides that, Sony XDCAM camcorders offer a wide range of innovative features that maximize the benefits of nonlinear disc media.

Sony XDCAM camcorders usually record MXF and MP4 format video, and it usually use MPEG2 codec, this codec is not good for editing in FCP X, and you will encounter importing and codec problems when you try to import Sony XDCAM footage to Final Cut Pro X.

Final Cut Pro X

FCP X (Final Cut Pro X) is the most popular video editing software on Mac, it can’t surpport Sony XDCAM HD High-Definition Camcorders PDW-F800, PDW-700, PDW-F355L etc. MXF files, you need a Sony XDCAM to FCP X Converter for Mac to help you convert/transcode Sony XDCAM MXF/MP4 files to FCP X (included FCP, FCP 6/7) compatible format Apple ProRes 422 MOV for editing on Mac.

Import Sony XDCAM media to FCP X issues

Q1. I just downloaded the trial version FinalCut X. I’ve tried to imort video both with XDCam browser, and straight from an external hard drive and gotten the same blank geen screen results. I really think I can work with this software if I could just find out what I am missing. Updated eveything when I downloaded the software. Can someone please help?

Q2. Hi I’m a TV cameraman and I need to export my edited job from FCP X back to my sony XDCAM F800 camera. I could do this on FCP 6 and 7 back it doesn’t seem to work on X does anybody how to do this or any plugins so I can export back to XDCAM.

Q3. How do I import PDW F800 .mxf files (from my hard drive) into Final Cut Pro? I have tried log & transfer, it doesn’t seem to work. Tried XDCAM transfer tool, doesn’t work either. Any solutions?

Q4. I’d like to import and edit .mxf video files in Final Cut Pro, what plug-in do I need to install? Log and Transfer doesn’t work because .mxf files are gray out not allowing me to select it.

Q5: I’ve been given some MXF files that were made by a Sony XDCAM camera. How do i import those files to FCP? I read a bit and I concluded to Calibrated. Is there another way, maybe a freeware utility?

As far as I know, FCP X best supported video format is “Apple ProRes 422 codec MOV format”, so the best way to solve Sony XDCAM importing and codec problem is to convert Sony XDCAM media footage to ProRes for editing in Final Cut Pro X (or FCP, FCP 6/7).

What’s the best way to import Sony XDCAM video to Final Cut Pro X for editing without problems? You can follow the steps below “Sony XDCAM and Final Cut Pro X Workflow on Mac

Necessary tools: Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac

Step 1. Load MXF or MP4 files from Sony XDCAM camcorder to the professional Mac XDCAM to FCP X Converter.

Install and launch this Sony XDCAM to Final Cut Pro X Converter. Transfer the MXF or MP4 video from Sony XDCAM camcorder to your Mac computer hard drive via USB cable. Click the button “Add video” to add Sony XDCAM files (or directly drag and drop your Sony XDCAM files) to the Sony XDCAM to FCP X Converter for Mac. If it is necessary, you can double click the each file to have a preview.

Tip: If you want to merge Sony XDCAM MXF or MP4 files for Final Cut Pro X, just need to check the “Merge into one files” box.

Step 2: Select Apple ProRes 422 as native format for FCP X.
Click on the Format box and select “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” or  “Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov)” format from dropdown-list. Due to the difference in the compresstion standard of AVCHD and ProRes 422, the converted files are significantly larger than the original ones. If you prefer smaller file size, please choose “Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)” instead.

Tips: The main difference between the five ProRes codecs for you:

Apple ProRes 422 – Higher quality than Apple ProRes 422 (LT);

Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) – Keep original video quality for editing in FCP;

Apple ProRes 422 (LT) – Get a smaller file sizes than Apple ProRes 422;

Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) – SD levels – 480i/p and 576i/p. Used in offline workflows;

Apple ProRes 4444 – Edit and finish 4:4:4 materialStep 3: Set to get better quality as you like.

Step 3: Edit Sony XDCAM MXF/MP4 footage with the best Sony XDCAM Converter for FCP X: trim MXF/MP4 file into small segments, cut black sides around video, apply special effects, audio replacement, etc. And click “Settings” button, then you will enter the following interface, on which you are allowed to customize size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel to your required ones. (Tip: this converter can helps you to downmix 5.1 channell to stereo for Final Cut Pro X editing)

Step 4: You can edit the Sony XDCAM MXF or MP4 video before conversion. By clicking “Edit” button, you can trim, crop the video, or add watermark and adjust effect to the videos which you will convert.

Step 5: Click “Convert” to start to transcode Sony XDCAM footage to ProRes 422 MOV on Mac OS X.

When the Sony XDCAM MXF/MP4 to ProRes MOV conversion is done, simply click “Open” button to transfer the generated files to FCP X for editing on Mac.  Find this Sony XDCAM to FCP X Converter makes your editing work more easy and convenient? Now you can effortlessly and losslessly convert and import Sony XDCAM MXF/MP4 footage into FCP X without rending time.

XDCAM to ProRes Convertersupports MXF or MP4 video files from all Sony XDCAM camcorders including below models.

PDW510, XDCAM Camcorder (DVCAM)


PDW700, Sony Professional XDCAM? HD Camcorder

PDW F335L, XDCAM HD Camcorder

PDW F355L, XDCAM HD Camcorder

PDW F800, Sony Professional XDCAM? HD422 Camcorder

PMW100, One 1/2.9″ Exmor CMOS XDCAM HD422 Handy CamcorderPMW320K, XDCAM EX 1/2″-type Shoulder-mount Camcorder with Lens PackagePMW320KCE, PMW-320K with the CBK-CE01 50pin Interface pre-installed

PMW320LCE, PMW-320L with the CBK-CE01 50pin Interface pre-installed

PMW350K, XDCAM EX 2/3″-type Shoulder-mount Camcorder with Lens Package

PMW350KCE, PMW-350K with the CBK-CE01 50pin Interface Pre-Installed
PMW350L, XDCAM EX 2/3″-type Shoulder-mount Camcorder without Lens

PMW350LCE, PMW-350L with the CBK-CE01 50pin Interface Pre-Installed

PMW500/HD02, XDCAM HD422 2/3″ CCD Shoulder-mount Memory Camcorder

PMWEX1R, XDCAM EX Full HD Memory Camcorder

PMWEX3, XDCAM EX semi-shoulder mount camcorder

PMWF3L/RGB, Super 35mm XDCAM EX Camera w/o lens

PMWTD300, Solid-state Memory 3D Shoulder Camcorder

You can also find more tips and tricks on FCP or MXF in FCP column and MXF column, hope these guides can help you use Sony XDCAM video easily.

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Sep 19

Free MTS to YouTube Converter-Upload MTS shootings to YouTube/Vimeo on Mac

Summary: Free MTS to YouTube Converter is a useful application to help you convert your AVCHD MTS videos shot by Canon, Sony, Panasonic AVCHD MTS camcorder to MP4, H.264 for uploading to YouTube or Vimeo on Mac.

If you are attempting to upload MTS shootings onto YouTube or Vimeo for displaying on the Internet, there are a few things you need to notice to make the video look great on the computer screen.

1. YouTube and Vimeo now support both 1080p and AVCHD.

That means you can upload a raw MTS clip directly onto the two sites as long as you are a registered user. The thing is that YouTube has 2GB and 15 minutes limitations and Vimeo Non-Plus users can only upload up to 500 MB of videos per week, while the MTS footage in 720p or 1080p always have large file size. To reduce your MTS file size as well as keep good video quality, you are suggested to convert MTS to MP4 for upload. The converted MP4 files will be processed much faster than the raw MTS files.

2. YouTube recommended settings.

* H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 format;

* 640×480 (SD) or 1280×720 (HD) for 4:3 & 16:9 aspect ratios. YouTube recommends dimensions of 640 x 480 for standard-definition videos and 1280 x 720 for high-definition videos that will dance around the site with the HD logo. Original videos of 640 x 480 will have black bars on the side in the video page;

* Frame rate should be the same as original video;

* Sampling rate: 44.1KHz for MP3/AAC audio;

3. Vimeo recommended settings for the best results.

* H.264 MP4 format;

* Frame rate: If you know at which frame rate you shot, it is best to encode at that same frame rate. However, if it exceeds 30 fps (frames per second), you should encode your video at half that frame rate. For example, if you shot 60 fps, you should encode at 30 fps. If you’re uncertain what frame rate you shot at, set it to either “Original” or 30 fps;

* Bit Rate: 2000 kbps (SD), 5000 kbps (HD);

* Resolution: 640×480 (SD), 1280×720 (HD);

* Audio codec: AAC;

* Audio Bit rate: 320 kbps is the highest quality audio data rate Vimeo currently support;

* Sample rate: 44.1 kHz is the highest audio sample rate Vimeo currently support.

4. Recommended free choices for converting MTS to MP4 for YouTube/vimeo upload on Mac.

* Free MTS M2TS Converter for Mac from Mac App Store released by Pavtube Studio;

* Pavtube Buy One Get One Free Back to School Deals

– Buy Blu-ray Ripper for Mac Get Free Mac MTS M2TS Converter at $39.20

– Buy DVD Ripper for Mac Get Free Mac MTS M2TS Converter at $35.00

5. What to do if you wanna merge and edit your MTS files?

The following content shows you details by using Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.

Merge multiple MTS clips into one file

You can click “Add video” button to load separate MTS clip into the program one by one, or click “Add from folder” button to import all the .MTS files stored in your folder at a time. To merge multiple MTS files into one file, simply tick off the checkbox of “Merge into one file” before conversion.

Split a selected MTS file

To start splitting, check the file that you want to split, then hit the option “Split selected task”.

When the Video Split window pops up, tick off Enable > Split file size (MB), and either enter the desired maximum size of each file chunk or choose an appropriate size from the available drop down option. Besides splitting by file size, you can also split the selected MTS video by specifying output file quantity and duration time for each chunk. Do remember click “OK” to confirm your selection.

Trim a selected MTS file

The “Trim” feature allows users to decide where to start and where to end when converting the selected MTS clip, so that unwanted segments will be cut out after conversion.

To trim an MTS video, select it in the file list, then click “Edit selected task” icon and switch to “Trim” tab in “Video Editor” interface and follow any of the methods below:

1. Drag the control sliders “” to include the segment you want to remain.

2. Click the left square bracket “” to set start point, and click the right square bracket “” to set end point when previewing the video.

3. Input specific values to Start and End box.

What’s more, Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac software offers “Previous Frame” and “Next Frame” options for users to select frames and trim MTS video accurately.

Crop a selected MTS file

The “Crop” facility enables users to get rid of the black edges and unwanted area of the image. Switch to “Crop” tab, and follow the below methods to crop selected MTS video:

a. Crop video by dragging and dropping the crop frame

Simply move your mouse cursor to drag and adjust the four corners of the red frame to desired position.

b. Crop video by setting values

There are “Simple Mode” and “Advanced Mode” under Crop feature. In “Simple Mode”, you can customize values in the box of “Left”, “Top” and “Crop Size” to make your crop decision.

Under “Advanced Mode”, there are four value fields: Left, Top, Width and Height. You can either type in specific values to the fields or adjust sliders to crop the source file.

Keep original aspect ratio and cropped aspect ratio

To keep original aspect ratio, users need to make sure the “Display aspect ratio” and the “Size (pix)” in “Settings” option are all set as “Original” (Actually, keep original aspect ratio is checked by default). If you want to keep the cropped aspect ratio, Pavtube MTS Converter for Mac software offers several aspect ratios for you to choose from, including 16:10, 16:9, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, and 2:1.

Once you selected a “Display aspect ratio”, the “red crop frame” will keep this ratio to crop video and you are able to preview the final effect in real time. If you want to keep the same aspect ratio in your final output files, do remember to set the Video “Size (pix)” in “Settings” section as the same ratio as display aspect ratio. For example, if you want to export a file with “16:9” aspect ratio, firstly, you choose “16:9” in “Display aspect ratio”, and then go to “Settings” section to adjust the Video “Size(pix)” as 1920×1080, 960×540, or things like that. After finished, click “OK” to confirm.


1. It’s very important that you keep an aspect ratio of 4:3 or 16:9, otherwise the quality of your video will be degraded. Flash 7 codec performs best when the frame width and height use multiples of 16. This is optimal for video playback.

2. If you want to fit the YouTube player perfectly, encode at these 16:9 resolutions:

1080p: 1920×1080

720p: 1280×720

480p: 854×480

360p: 640×360

240p: 426×240

Try our recipe settings and you’ll be on your way to optimize the quality of your MTS videos for YouTube/Vimeo upload on Mac.

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