While Panasonic announced HS900, TM900 and SD90 in January at 2011 CES, Panasonic HDC-SD99 is available in Germany as the counterpart. Like the HDC-SD90, Panasonic HDC-SD99 also provides 1080/50p at 28 Mbps, 1080/50i at 17 Mbps / 13 Mbps / 9 Mbps / 5Mbps, and iFrame at 28 Mbps. The iFrame is 960 x 540, which is half of the 1920 x 1080.
As the 2011 new camcorders, SD99 supports recording 3D videos side-by-side when equipped with 3D Conversion Lens. When comparing the recording mode of SD99/SD90 to Panasonic SD700, SD99/SD90 is better with additional iFrame, but SD99/SD90 does not provide 5.1-channel audio. So it comes to the dilemma for visual or audio, and SD99 is listed as lower price at Amazon.de than SD700. If you are not in a budget, SD900 is the preferred model.
The SD99 camcorder videos would go through HD TV for playback via HDMI. If you would like to edit videos from Panasonic SD99 in iMovie '11 or '9 with the 1080/50p recording mode, you need third party HD video to iMovie converter. Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac is the recommended Panasonic SD99 AVCHD converter for you to keep 1080/50p resolution and frame rate, and convert to iMovie compatible Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) in .mov file container with best quality. After editing in iMovie, you can also burn the videos on DVD with iDVD, or even stream the edited movies to WDTV HD media player for sharing with the guest and relatives at home.
Below is the quick guide about how to edit and burn Panasonic SD99 videos to DVD with iMovie and iDVD.
Step 1. Import SD99 AVCHD files to Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac.
Connect Panasonic SD99 to Apple iMac/MacBook Pro via USB 2.0 cable, run Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac as the best 2011 HD video to iMovie AIC converter. Click the "Add" button to browse and import the .mts files from the file directory like CAM_MEM > AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM.
Step 2. Choose AIC codec with 1920x1080 video size and 50fps.
Click the "Format" option, and navigate the mouse cursor to iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as output format. Click the "Settings" button, choose high quality for bit rate, 1920*1080 for size, and 50 as the output frame rate. If your videos are recorded as 60p, you can also choose 60 as frame rate.
Step 3. Convert Panasonic AVCHD footage to AIC for iMovie.
Click the convert button under the preview window, the Mac Panasonic HD video to AIC converter will start converting SD99 AVCHD footage to AIC in HD for editing in iMovie 11 or 9.
Step 4. Burn Panasonic SD99 videos to DVD with iDVD.
Import the videos to iMovie and add the transitions you like. Output the videos to iDVD, insert a blank DVD disc and start burning the edited SD99 movies to DVD.
After the videos are burn into DVD, you can play them on standalone DVD player. If you export QuickTime movie from iMovie, the videos could be stored in NAS or WDTV HD media player for streaming via home network.