I have recently purchased Panasonic AVCHD camcorder and records to SDHC. However, it does not work on my computer with Dual 2 GHz PowerPC G5, Mac OS X 10.5.8. Final Cut Pro 6 does not recognize the AVCHD videos flies.
After google searching the best AVCHD to Apple PowerPC G5 converter, I find Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac as the recommended converter for FCP with native high data rate formats like ProRes 422, Apple Intermediate codec (AIC) on PowerPC and Intel.
Below is the fast step-by-step guide for you if you face problem editing AVCHD videos on Mac and would like to get ProRes 422 as the high quality video for FCP 6 on Mac with PowerPC.
Step 1. Import Panasonic AVCHD files to Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac.
Connect Panasoinc AVCHD camcorder to Mac computer via the in-box USB cable, and run Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac as the best AVCHD to PowerPC converter to convert HD videos to ProRes 422 for FCP 6. Click the "Add" button to import the AVCHD .mts or .m2ts files from Panasonic camcorder. You can also use card reader to connect the SD card to iMac/MacBook Pro.
Step 2. Choose ProRes 422 output format.
Click the "Format" option and choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) as output format. The Mac Pnasonic AVCHD to ProRes 422 converter will transcode AVHCD MTS/M2TS files to FCP supported high quality format ProRes on PowerPC G5.
Step 3. Choose 1080p size.
You can specify the video resolution and frame rate to the same settings as the original videos. Click the "Settings" button and choose 1920*1080 as output video size, and there is option for frame rate too.
Step 4. Convert AVCHD Video Footage to ProRes 422 for FCP on PowerPC.
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac HD video to PowerPC G5 converter will start converting AVCHD MTS/M2TS videos to ProRes 422 on PowerPC G5 for Non-linear editing on FCP 6.
When the conversion is done, you can edit HD video footage on Mac with PowerPC G5 easily. Enjoy the editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Studio.
The Mac AVCHD to PowerPC G5 converter will deinterlace videos by default and keep original 16:9 aspect ration. You can also choose other options of ProRes 422 according to your usage, e.g. ProRes 422 (LT), ProRes 422 (Proxy).