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posted by - Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Panasonic has now released the AVCCAM Importer software that was announced at NAB 2011. This Final Cut Pro 7 plug-in allows you to edit AVCCAM (Panasonic’s variant of AVCHD) footage directly, without having to run it through Log and Transfer first. Previously, you would have to transcode AVCCAM footage to ProRes before working with it in FCP 7, but now you can work directly off the .mts files from the camera. This software also allows you to use QuickTime to view the AVCCAM footage, so even if you’re using Final Cut Pro X (which has native support for AVCHD), this will add AVCHD playback to QuickTime.

This software is a must-have for anyone using Final Cut Pro 7 and shooting with a Panasonic AVCCAM camera such as the AF100, HMC40, or 3DA1. Unfortunately, AVCCAM Importer will not work well with footage from Sony AVCHD cameras, as it tends to crash Final Cut Pro 7 in our testing.

The .mts files can be found on your SDHC card under CAM_SD > PRIVATE > AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM.

You can download AVCCAM Importer directly from Panasonic here.

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