Transcode Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 AVCHD for easier use in iMovie

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Came upon issues editing Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 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-GH5 AVCHD .mts media to AIC .mov for use in iMovie smoothly.

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As noted by many macOS High Sierra users, iMovie 10.1.7/10.1.8 does not work well with Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 AVCHD mts clips. As a workaround, some users have resorted to use of Video Converter for Mac, a software tool that can convert various AVCHD files into formats compatible with iMovie on High Sierra and older Mac OS versions. The clips can then be imported and edited using iMovie. If you are in such a situation, just feel free to check a simple guide on how to transcode Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 AVCHD mts files to AIC .mov for use in iMovie without any hassles.

How to transcode Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 AVCHD .mts files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 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-GH5 AVCHD footage.
Run Video Converter for Mac, and click “Add File” to load Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 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 {{}} as output format. AIC .mov is iMovie’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie will recognize and handle well.
Select output profile format

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-GH5 AVCHD files for iMovie editing.
When ready, Click “Convert” to start Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 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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