The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is a high-end compact camera aimed at enthusiasts which is announced in July 2012. It’s wonderful to take it and record exciting moments with high HD quality.
“As the direct successor to the LX5, I’m just glad they resisted the chance to unnecessarily boost the resolution. The movie mode enjoys a significant boost though from the 720p of its predecessor to 1080p at 50p or 60p depending on region. Continuous shooting is also quicker at 11fps (for up to 12 frames) without AF, or 5 or 2fps with autofocus. The screen remains 3in sized, but now sports 920k resolution although still no touch-sensitive controls, and as before you can slide the LVF2 electronic viewfinder accessory onto the hotshoe for eye-level shooting. At the European launch of the LX7 I had the chance to try out a pre-production sample overnight along with interview the European Lumix Manager, Sebastian Drawert. You can watch my interview below and read some of my thoughts about the camera after that.”
“Looking forward to reviews of the f1.4 lens and any other “new” features. I have a LX2 and am looking to upgrade”
“I held off on pre-ordering the RX100 to see what Panasonic would offer in the LX7. Would have liked to have seen a larger sensor, and the LX7 doesn’t appear to be as pocketable as the RX100. Still, hats off for adding RAW capability in a compact.”
Q: Recommended SD memory cards for movie recording?
A: It is strongly recommended to use SD memory cards whose card classes are larger than Class 4 for movie recording.
Q: PC can not recognize SDXC memory cards
A: 1)Please verify that your PC is compatible with SDXC memory card.
2)Please do not format your SD memory card even when your PC shows a message your card needs to be formatted. When a message “CONNECTING TO PC” shown on PC will not appear”, please turn off the camera and disconnect the USB cable.
Q: Can Apple Final Cut Pro 7 edit AVCHD Movie? (I have an old Mac havn’t been updated.)
A: Final Cut Pro does not handle AVCHD Progressive movie well(recording with picture quality set to [GPH] or [PSH]). Please ask Apple inc. for further details.——From Panasonic official website.
But after googling the problem “Why AVCHD files are not well supported by Final Cut Pro 7 “, I finally understand and find an effective way. At first, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is capable of recording Full HD video in either the AVCHD Progressive or MP4 formats. Improved with new external controls, it can shoot 1080 50/60p .mts Videos. But actually, AVCHD files are not well supported by Final Cut Pro due to the unfriendly codec and limitations on frame rate.
So to solve this problem, the best method it to transcode Panasonic AVCHD to Apple RroRes 422(.mov) which is FCP 7 best supported video codec and format, then you can edit smoothly without rendering. Below is how.
Transcoding Panasonic DMC-LX7 AVCHD 1080/60p MTS/M2TS files to ProRes 422 for FCP 7
The quick tutorial is using an easy-to-use and professional Mac MTS to Prores Converter for FCP 7 from Pavtube. It is clean and safe, works fast and keeps the HD quality which fits for shootings from Panasonic as well as Sony, Canon, Leica…. Besides, it provide simple editing functions.
- Download and run Panasonic AVCHD Converter for Mac, load LX7 mts clips to the software from AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM.
- Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “Final Cut Pro-> Apple Prores 422 (*.mov)”. By the way, the Mac Panasonic AVCHD to FCP 7 Converter also supports output AIC codec for using in Final Cut Express and iMovie (Follow this tutorial: converting AVCHD MTS to AIC for editing ).
- Useful Tips – By clicking ‘Settings‘ button, you are able to enter the ‘Profile Settings‘ panel to adjust video and audio parameters for your Panasonic MTS source files, including video size, bit rate, frame rate and more.
- Click the big button “Convert” to start Panasonic AVCHD MTS to Prores 422 Conversion for Final Cut Pro 7 on Mac OS X immediately.
Once conversion is completed, you can click “Open” button to get the generated Prores .MOV files for use in Final Cut Pro 7 and to begin to import/log and transfer Panasonic 50p/60p AVCHD footage in Final Cut Pro 7 for smoothly editing on Mac as you want.
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