Originally Posted by cbhr
I just got a JVC GZ-HD40
In the documentation it is said that it is beter to use MPEG CBR 1440 with Final Cut Pro, at JVC support they say the contrary and they say to use AVCHD and Imovie 9
What is the best format to use ?
I have FCP 5.1 , thinking to upgrade to FCP 7
Thanks in advance for your help
Originally Posted by inomics
I also received a JVC GZ-HD30
Hence, a similar question to cbhr:
In the documentation it is said that it is beter to use MPEG CBR 1440 with Final Cut Pro, at JVC support they say the contrary and they say to use AVCHD and Imovie 9.
What is the best format to use? I have the Final Cut Pro, Imovie 9 and Xilisoft Media Toolkit Ultimate 5.0.
Thanks in advance for your help.
My name is Chris. I work for JVC and would like to try and help.
The answer to both of your questions depends on the version of Final Cut that you are using. Also, the specific features of your JVC camcorder.
The most simple answer is that Apple Final Cut will support AVCHD if you have version 6.0.1 or higher and if you Mac has an Intel processor. The JVC connects to the Mac via USB. That is the best and easiest solution.
For older Macs (or older versions of Final Cut), selected JVC models with a Firewire (i.Link) connection could be used. In order to use the Firewire connection on those models, you need to record in the 1440CBR mode. Then you need to create a playlist with the scenes you wish to copy to the Mac. Then, you need to use the playlist dubbing mode which is detailed in the owner's manual. This takes a little more time, but is very workable.
This is a good alternate solution for the GZ-HD40, which has the necessary Firewire (i.Link) connection. It is not a good solution for the GZ-HD30--even though it does have the 1440CBR record mode, it does not have Firewire (i.Link).
One last note: This answer applies to models that JVC introduced during the 2008 model year, which represented our best solution for Apple at the time. Starting with the 2009 model year, and continuing with 2010, all JVC HD Everios record exclusively in the AVCHD format. JVC includes basic editing software for Windows, called Everio Media Browser. These AVCHD models also work great with the most recent versions of Pinnacle Studio and Adobe Premiere Elements as long as your Windows PC meets the minimum specs required by the software. In addition, these models work very nicely with virtually any recent Apple with an Intel processor and iMovie '08/'09 or Final Cut 6.0.1 or higher.
I hope this helps.