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Merge and Convert Panasonic ZS7 AVCHD Lite to ProRes 422 for edit on FCP

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 records videos in AVCHD Lite 720p format. The Creative Movie mode with shutter speed makes it perfect to shoot fast-moving subject. When you connect ZS7 to iMac, the Apple computer does not recognize the AVCHD Lite files. And when you try to import the AVCHD Lite movies to FCP,  Final Cut may shut down immediately or pop up error message. So how can you backup the movies on Mac and edit AVCHD Lite on Mac Final Cut Pro any time you want?

After googling the workflow for playing AVCHD Lite videos on Mac, you will find Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac is the recommended Mac Lumix video converter, which converts AVCHD Lite to Mac compatible MOV for Final Cut Pro with PreRes 422. With the Mac Panasonic video converter, it is also easy to merge and combine video clips into a single file for continuous playback.

If you face problem importing or editing Panasonic Lumix AVCHD Lite 720p videos in Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro, the following steps would help to some extend.

Step 1. Load Lumix videos to Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac.
Connect Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 to Apple iMac with the in-box USB cable, copy and transfer the AVCHD Lite .mts files from directory like PRIVATE > AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM to the Apple hard drive disk. Run Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac as the best Panasonic ZS7 video converter on Mac, and click the "Add" button to load AVCHD Lite .mts videos.

Step 2. Choose Apple ProRes codec for Final Cut Studio.
Click the "Format" option, and choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 as output format. Actually, there are more options like Apple ProRes 422(HQ), Apple ProRes 422(LT), Apple ProRes 422(Proxy), Apple ProRes 4444. Here we take ProRes 422 as an example. Click the "Settings" button and choose 1280*720 as output video size.

Step 3. Convert Panasonic 720p MTS videos to Apple ProRes 422 for FCP.
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac Panasonic AVCHD Lite to ProRes 422 converter will start converting Lumix ZS7 AVCHD Lite to ProRes 422 MOV for edit on Final Cut Pro/ Final Cut Pro 7.

When the conversion is done, just import the output videos to FCP to enjoy fast editing without rendering in video or audio.


1. To join and combine the AVCHD Lite video clips into one file, just tick the checkbox for "Merge into one file", and the Panasonic ZS7 joiner will combine the videos on list to output one video file.

2. If you are using other Lumix cameras like DMC-LX5/TZ10, GH1, FT1, FZ100, the Mac Video converter also work for you.For other Panasonic camcorders like HDC-TM700/HS700/SD700, SD60/HS60, you can use the Mac Panasonic video converter or have a look at the Aunsoft Panasonic camcorder column for more information.

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