Many of digital compact cameras made by Panasonic, such as the DMC-ZS3/DMC-TZ7, DMC-FT1, DMC-FZ35/DMC-FZ38, DMC-FX75/DMC FX70 and DMC-ZS-7/TZ-10 offer 720p video recording with effective frame rate of 25 or 30 frames/s in a format called AVCHD Lite. This AVCHD specification supports 720-line progressive recording mode at frame rates of 24 and 60 frames/s for 60 Hz models and 50 frames/s for 50 Hz models. Compared to HDV 720p, AVCHD uses higher data rate (up to 24 Mbit/s VBR vs. 18.3 Mbit/s CBR) and a more advanced compression format (AVC vs. MPEG-2).
Most of us would choose DMC-TZ10/TZ7/ZS7/FX75/FX70 AVCHD Lite as the recording mode, as it provides high quality videos. However, the compatibility for AVCHD lite and Mac is not very good, it is not easy to read/play/edit movies in this format on Mac, as it requires high configuration to handle DMC-TZ10/TZ7/ZS7/FX75/FX70 AVCHD Lite videos. While looking for the best way to read/edit/play Panasonic AVCHD Lite videos on Mac OS X, I find Aunsoft Final Mate for Mac help making the playing/editing easy and smooth.
If you would like to make Panasonic AVCHD Lite compatible with Mac, and easily read/play/edit Panasonic DMC-TZ10/TZ7/ZS7/FX75/FX70 AVCHD Lite videos on Mac QuickTime Player, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, or Final Cut Express, just follow the guide below with Aunsoft Final Mate for Mac.
Step 1. Import/capture Lumix files to Aunsoft Final Mate for Mac.
Connect Panasonic Lumix camera to iMac with USB cable, and run Aunsoft Final Mate for Mac as the 2011 best Mac Lumix TZ10/TZ7/FX75/FX70 video converter. The program will auto spot your camcorder, you can import your files from the camcorder directly by following the simple wizard without occupying any space. And the videos will be displayed in Camcorder Tab.
Step 2. Create a movie for converting AVCHD Lite to MOV.
Click downlist of Add button and select for conversion. A blank movie is created. Then drag and drop your DMC-TZ10/TZ7/ZS7/FX75/FX70 AVCHD Lite file to such a movie for merging together and making a conversion.
Step 3. Choose H.264 MOV or ProRes MOV or AIC MOV output format.
Click Export and then select from Common Formats > HD Video > H.264 HD MOV Video (*.mov) or from Export into Editor > Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 Video (*.mov) or from Export into Editor > iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) for Mac. After select, you can modify the bitrate, framerate, size, etc
Step 4. Convert Panasonic Lumix AVCHD Lite video to MOV on Mac.
Click the OK button if all settings done, and the Mac Panasonic Lumix video converter will start the conversion from Panasonic DMC-TZ7/ZS7/TZ10/FX75/FX70 MTS to MOV for easy reading/playing/editing on Mac Quicktime Player, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express.
1. For other Panasonic Lumix cameras for AVCHD Lite videos like DMC-ZS3/TZ7, DMC-LX5, DMC-FZ40, DMC-FZ45, DMC-FZ35, DMC-FZ38, DMC-TS1/FT1, DMC-TS2/FT2, DMC-FX75, FX70 you may go to the Panasonic camcorder column for more information.
2. The Mac Panasonic AVCHD Lite converter is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard. If you are using the Windows computer, you may try Panasonic Lumix 720p MTS Converter for Widows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.