How to convert Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) AVCHD for iMovie editing?

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Came upon issues editing Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) AVCHD MTS files in Apple iMovie? If you are trying to figure out a way to go through this problem, you are just here in the right place. In this article, we explain how to transcode Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) AVCHD .mts media to AIC .mov for use in iMovie smoothly.

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”iMovie 10.1.7 won’t import AVCHD files taken with my Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) any longer after upgraded to macOS High Sierra. After starting iMovie and Importing Media from SD card reader on iMac – ‘Select All’ – iMovie stalls. The progress bar shows ‘Importing from…reference number .mov’ but stops on clip 1. However the clips are displayed and can be run temporarily. The .mts clips then go black with ? mark and ‘No Camera’. Up to a month ago I had no such problems for over 5 years with the same Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) camera and running Sierra on my ageing mid 2007 iMac. Is the upgradation to High Sierra is the cause of the problem? Please kindly advise a solution if you know. Thanks in advance.”

If you are having the same frustrating problem, we would recommend converting Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) AVCHD MTS files to AIC .mov first. Here’s a guide displaying how to do this below.



How to transcode Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) AVCHD .mts files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) AVCHD .mts video clips to AIC .mov for iMovie editing, do as below:

Video Converter For Mac , It is available for MacOSX 10.5 or above (including macOS Sierra/macOS High Sierra 10.13.14)
download Mac version

Step 1: Add Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) AVCHD footage.
Run Video Converter for Mac, and click “Add File” to load Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) AVCHD MTS files into this program.

import AVCHD MTS video files

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie from “Profile” list
Click “Profile” to select {{export.win.select-profile-steps}} as output format. AIC .mov is iMovie’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie will recognize and handle well.
Select output profile format

Tips:
If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “Enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Settings for AVCHD video files

Step 3: Start encoding Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) AVCHD files for iMovie editing.
When ready, Click “Convert” to start Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ80 (Lumix DC-FZ82) AVCHD .mts to iMovie conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click “Open Folder” to get the generated AIC .mov files for editing in iMovie with optimum performance. Hope this helps solve your problem.

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