I was asked recently with some questions about editing videos shot by Panasonic HDC-SD900K. Here I would like to share with you my experience about the movie formats and editing with Panasonic HDC-SD900.
Background Information: Some may face problem when trying to import Panasonic HDC-SD900 MTS videos to editing applications like Avid Media Composer 5 Academic, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere or even the Mac Kdenlive.
You may notice that Panasonic HDC-SD900 can record 1080/60p (Full HD 1920 x 1080, 60 Progressive Recording) videos with 60 images per second. And it is claimed that the 1080p Progressive Recording is to record smooth, highly detailed images with a moving picture resolution that exceeds Full HD from the Panasonic HDC-SD900K official site.
Question 1. How does the 1080p recording exceed Full HD?
- Answer: The current AVCHD-compliant standard formats include 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 1080/60i with up to 17Mbps. The 1080/60p (for American model) and 1080/50p (for European and Asian model) actually records more images per second, making high quality videos.
Panasonic HDC-SD900's Recording Format is: 1080 / 60p : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (original format) HA / HG / HX / HE : MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (AVCHD standard compliant)
More details about Panasonic HDC-SD900 are available at: http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_GB/Products/Camcorders/HD+Camcorders/HDC-SD900/Overview/6827152/index.html
Question 2. How to get the 1080p videos editable?
- Answer: You can get AVCHD Converter for Mac as the Panasonic SD900 AVCHD converter, and convert 1080/60p .mts to .mov for editing on Mac with Avid MC5, FCP, FCE, FCS, Adobe PPro.
To import AVCHD files from camcorder or SD card to Panasonic AVCHD Converter for Mac, just click the Add button and browse the .mts files from AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM.
The recommended output format is HD Video > HD MOV Video(*.mov), and you can also choose Common Video > MOV - QuickTime(*.mov) as output format. Before the conversion, you can also set the video bit rate, adjust the frame rate to 60 for high quality video output.
Below is the screenshot of the Panasonic SD900 AVCHD converter.