Olympus PEN to Mac Editing-Help with 1080i 60i H.264 AVCHD .mts files from Olympus E-P3 in iMovie/FCE/FCP/Avid MC

Summary:The following article mainly talk about the way to transfe 1080i 60i H.264 AVCHD .mts files from Olympus E-P3 to iMovie/FCE/FCP/Avid MC, if you have the same application need, keep reading...

Olympus E-P3 Video: Image Size, Frame Rate, and Encoding

The Olympus E-P3 records at three different video resolutions in two compression formats, with each combination having a fixed frame rate. In AVCHD format, which is available only for high-definition videos, there are two possible frame rates and two bitrates. Full HD (1080i; 1,920 x 1,080 pixel) videos are recorded at 59.94 interlaced fields per second, and 720p (1,280 x 720 pixel) videos are recorded at 59.94 progressive-scan frames per second. In MotionJPEG format, which is available for 720p or VGA (640 x 480 pixel) resolution, the frame rate is fixed at approximately 30 frames per second. Regardless of the compression and frame rate, the actual data is clocked off the image sensor at 30 frames per second, and some art filters reduce the captured frame rate significantly.

Unless audio capture is disabled, AVCHD movies include Dolby Digital (A52/AC-3) stereo audio, while MotionJPEG movies include PCM stereo audio. No spec is provided for the audio sampling rate of AVCHD videos, though video players report 48 kHz at 192 kbps. Olympus specifies a 16-bit sampling rate of 48kHz for MotionJPEG movies, which our video players agree with.

Q&A:Which video editing software is right for you?

Nowdays, taking pictures and video is so easy, especially with digital devices, like me , i like shooting videos with Olympus E-P3 in 1080i 60i AVCHD, that it doesn't take long to accumulate a lot of footage. Instead of keeping your videos and photos on a memory card or on your computer, you can create polished movies and slideshows to show off. This type of software makes it easy to trim portions of film at the front, end or in the middle. You can add music to videos and you can even add audio voiceovers. Once you finish creating a great video, you can share it with others in a variety of ways including on Facebook.

After testing many video editing applications, I choose to use FCP/iMovie/FCE/Avid Media Composer, as I am considering all the things i can do with these softwares. But now I'm experiencing headaches. AVCHD format is a highly compressed format and it is hard to edit. So in order to use the video editing softwares well , before import the footages to them , i need to convert the AVCHD H.264 .mts files to iMovie/FCE/FCP/Avid MC supported formats.

Then I found Brorosft MTS Converter for Mac , it is so great! It is not only professional on transcoding AVCHD videos to FCP/iMovie/FCE/Avid for editing, but also can convert AVCHD videos to common video formats for playing on portable devices and posting on websites. For editing, this powerful tool offers you particular Apple ProRes profiles for Final Cut Pro, AIC for iMovie/FCE, and DNxHD for Avid, so t is easy and convenient for us to use it. What struck me most is that I do not need to download or buy some cumbersome plug-ins, etc., that is too time-consuming, and use it directly, saving a lot of time, really is a very good product.

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[Guide] How to Convert Olympus E-P3 1080i 60i AVCHD .mts files to MOV for iMovie/FCE/Avid/FCP on Mac

Step 1: Install and launch this Olympus E-P3 1080i 60i AVCHD H.264 MTS Converter on your Mac. Add or drag your AVCHD footages to the converter.

Tip: If you want, you can merge several AVCHD clips by ticking “Merge into one” box.

Step 2:  Click on the Format box to select Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) as the output format for FCP. You can also choose iMovie and Final Cut Express-> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) for FCE/iMovie, or choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov) for Avid.

Tip: FCP 6 or ealier version only can support ProRes 422 and ProRes 422(HQ). FCP 7 or above can support Pro Res 422(LT), Pro Res 444Pro and Res 422(Proxy).

Step 3: You can tap "settings" to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want.

Step 4: Click Conversion button to start transcoding Olympus E-P3 AVCHD to Apple ProRes/AIC/DNxHD on Mac OS X.

After the conversion finished , you can click “open” button to find the output file. Then you can import the converted files into FCP/iMovie/Avid MC for editing easily without any problem.

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