“Can you please help me I just bought the new Panasonic X920 HD Camcorder and I want to edit the video footage in IMOVIE 11 without losing any of the High quality but the problem is my new Panasonic camcorder records in the top quality mode of 1080 60p which isn’t compatible in IMOVIE 11 and I don’t want to down grade the quality, can you please tell me do you have a converter that would do the job at converting the 1080 60p footage so I can edit it in IMOVIE 11 without losing any quality. Hope you can help.”
The HC-X920 is Panasonic’s prosumer offering for 2013, boasting all the brand’s latest refinements: 5-axis optical image stabilisation, Panasonic’s ’3MOS’ triple CMOS BSI sensor system, a 3D LCD display and a 3D conversion lens (sold separately). The Panasonic HC-X920 supports AVCHD2, which allows you to record in 1080p HDTV resolution at 60fps (28 Mbps). A 32 GB SD card can hold 2 hours and 40 minutes of video in 1080/60p. The utmost AVCHD2 recording mode produces best possible image quality, yet it’s not optimal for video processing. For the time being, AVCHD2 has not been adopted as an acceptable format by iMovie or Final Cut. That’s why iMovie 11 does not import Panasonic HC-X920 1080/60p video.
In order to import Panasonic X920 HD Camcorder 1080/60p footage to iMovie 11 with best possible quality, you can convert HC-X920 1080 60p/50p AVCHD to Apple Intermediate Codec, which optimizes the video data for playback performance and editing in iMovie. Unlike AVCHD, the Apple Intermediate Codec does not use temporal compression, so every frame can be decoded and displayed immediately without first decoding other frames. The drawback of this codec is that it requires ten times as much bandwidth and hard drive storage space.