After a video project has been completed in Final Cut Pro and exported using Compressor, it still needs to be fashioned into a DVD. This process, called authoring, is handled in the Final Cut Pro suite by Apple’s DVD Studio Pro software. The iDVD is for sure able to burn all the projects created by Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Express. But sometimes we just want to save the editing process and create DVD project in iDVD with the footages shot by Panasonic AVCHD Lite Cameras including Panasonic DMC-ZS3/DMC-FT1/DMC-TZ7, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2, Lumix DMC-FZ35/38, Lumix DMC-TZ10/ZS7, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75, Panasonic LX5, LEICA D-LUX 5, LEICA V-LUX 2.. To our disappointment, mostly the iDVD refuses to load these videos. Why should this happen? Well, the Panasoninc AVCHD Lite camcorders basically save footages in AVCHD Lite formats, which are not acceptable for iDVD. But we know that the iDVD works well with MPG and MP4 format, so all we need is to convert these troublesome AVCHD Lite Videos to iDVD compatible format with Brorsoft MAC AVCHD Lite Converter for further authoring and burning.
Now let’s focus on the conversion. Many video transcoding tools on market are able to convert AVCHD Lite videos, but Brorsoft AVCHD Lite Converter for MAC must be our optimal choice for its considerate profile options and adjustable video and audio parameters (resolution, bitrate, framerate, audio channels etc) and flexible editing facilities (trim, crop, watermark, audio replace, etc). In the following guide I would like to share with you some tricks of converting AVCHD Lite videos for iDVD authoring and burning on MAC.
Step 1. Load Panasonic 720p AVCHD Lite Videos to Brorsoft MAC AVCHD Lite Converter.
Connect Panasonic AVCHD Lite Camera such as Panasonic DMC-LX5 camera to iMac or Macbook and transfer 720p AVCHD Lite footages from camera SD, SDHC or SDXC Memory Card to Apple hard drive. Run Brorsoft Mac AVCHD Lite Converter as the best Mac Panasonic AVCHD Lite Converter and then click Add button to import files to be converted.
Step 2. Choose MPEG-2 Video(.mpg) as output format for iDVD authoring.
Select the items to be converted, and click on ‘Format’ bar and select Common Video->MPEG2 Video (*.mpg) in the pull-down list. You are not recommended to choose the HD formats, as I mentioned above, the Full HD is for blu-ray disc, not standard DVD.
Video: mpeg2video, 960*540p, 9800kbps, 29.97fps
Audio: mp2, 44.1khz, 128mbps, 6 channels
Step 3. Start AVCHD Lite video to MPG Conversion for iDVD.
Hit Convert button, the AVCHD Lite video to iDVD friendly MOV conversion will be started immediately. After conversion you can click the ‘Open’ button to locate converted video files.
For more information please refer to: Burn AVCHD Lite videos to DVD with iDVD for Mac
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