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lumix video files won't play on a mac

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Initial post: Dec 6, 2009, 7:56:08 AM PST
I just got a FZ35 I shot some video. When i hook the camera to my mac book i get 3 folders-DCIM, MISC, PRIVATE. the PRIVATE folder has a AVCHD folder that has a STREAM folder and that folder has the MTS files which can't be opened by Quicktime or IMOVIE. Neither one recognizes it. any help would be appreciated. It was suggested i use VLC-which i did-but they play choppy or not at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2009, 8:31:33 PM PST
The new imovie supports AVCHD, you just need to upgrade. You can read about it on Apples support page.

Posted on Dec 16, 2009, 1:10:24 PM PST
Mark R says:
The new imovie is da bomb for this camera -- get it!

Posted on Dec 23, 2009, 7:51:40 PM PST
Philscbx says:
You had me worried there for a moment.
I use iMovie, and it works perfect.

As soon as you start iMovie, aim the files at it, or the camera, and it does it all.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2009, 6:03:53 AM PST
i don't quite understand what you mean by 'aim the files' but i was told i need IMOVIE 9 to open the files on the LUMIX

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2010, 11:46:01 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2010, 11:59:11 AM PST
MountainMojo says:
Yes, you need iLife 09 for Lumix movies. I had to upgrade as well, but given all the changes in iPhoto, iMovie, etc, it was an upgrade well worth the price. I think what Philscbx means by 'aim', is that you can simply drag the movie file over the iMovie application, or drag the image of your camera on the desktop to the iMovie application icon, and then it will launch iMovie and import your videos/pictures.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2010, 8:55:31 AM PST
My problem is that my new P. Lumix FZ35 doesn't show up on the desktop - my stills go into iPhoto automatically but I can't seem to find a camera icon, locate the video at all. I have a new iMac running iLife '09, so I can't see what the problem is. Ideas?

Posted on Jan 15, 2010, 12:09:05 PM PST
Well i got ILIFE 9 and it STILL won't open these files that the LUMIX makes.
these are MTS files-00001.MTS etc
any clues?

Posted on Jan 18, 2010, 7:20:11 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 18, 2010, 12:18:35 PM PST
Dana Spiardi says:
Regarding the importing of movie clips from the Lumix LX3: I use Final Cut Pro - not iMovie - on a Mac. In the past, when I took movie clips with other still cameras (such as Canon), I simply loaded the SD card and located .avi file on my desktop. Then I "open" the .avi file within Final Cut Pro and it imports it. Does anyone have any experience with this, using the LX3? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2010, 10:53:33 AM PST
Agustin Goba says:
If the stills from the camera are being imported to iPhoto, then your Mac is seeing the camera, so it is strange that is doesn't show up on the desktop. Maybe the camera icon is getting hidden behind another icon or window? In any case, try opening iMovie, click on "Import" and see if you can find the camera's SD drive through the iMovie Import dialogue menu.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010, 11:06:19 AM PST
Agustin Goba says:
Look in the DCIM folder, then in the ###_PANA folders (with ### = whatever number the camera has assigned to that folder). In among all the photo files (JPEG, RAW, whatever you are shooting), will also be .MOV files from your video. Copy those to your hard drive; iMovie will import them or they can be played directly by Quicktime, VLC, whatever. Also note that there will probably be a small JPEG file with the same number as the .MOV file-this is just a still of the first frame of the video that the camera uses as a thumbnail for the video for the on-camera slideshows and can be trashed.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010, 11:12:12 AM PST
Agustin Goba says:
Check that, they probably won't be .MOV files, but look in the DCIM folder for video files, nonetheless.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010, 7:35:01 PM PST
I noticed this too, which is pretty bizarre considering the Lumix's movie format is Apple's Quicktime .mov

Posted on Mar 14, 2010, 11:35:27 AM PDT
SnowBird says:
Bonnie writes: my new P. Lumix FZ35 doesn't show up on the desktop

You get to control what is displayed on your Desktop and Finder. For some weird reason, these controls are not accessible from the System Preference pane. Instead, you must click on the Desktop or a Finder window. Then go to the Finder Menu and select Preferences. A pane will display with lots of controls you've never seen before. In the General tab, you can choose which items display on your Desktop. Check "External disks." Now you will see your camera on the Desktop whenever it is connected.

Alternatively, I like to see my camera show in the Finder Sidebar. You access the controls for the Sidebar also in Finder Preferences; it's the third tab. Same thing-check whatever will be useful for you. I load my Sidebar with aliases for my current image storage folders. Then it is easy to drag and drop files from the camera into these storage folders organized by month and year. From there, I can drag and drop them into archival folders on external disks including my iDisk.

What makes this process so efficient is that the behavior of the drag and drop changes based on the target folder. If the target is on the same disk as the source, the files will move to the target and disappear from the source. If the target is on a different disk than the source, the files will duplicate. Makes backup a breeze. However, you must then manually erase your camera storage to regain the full capacity of its memory.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2010, 12:11:22 PM PDT
the LUMIX does appear on my desktop when using my macbook and it opens up IPHOTO and i can download photos BUT when i open IMOVIE 9 it does not see it!
there is no way for me to open any movie files from the lumix there are no .mov files in any of the folders.
i assume there is no way to open these files.
or-actually-i've had to upload them to YOUTUBE in order to see them.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2010, 3:44:18 PM PDT
Once they are in iPhoto - try dragging one to the desktop - this will copy the movie to the desktop. Try opening the file from the desktop (not from inside iPhoto) should open in Quicktime.

How are you uploading to youtube if you can't find the files on your computer?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2010, 8:47:23 PM PDT
No Nonsense says:
What a bunch of ignorant PeeCee rubbish! If you read more than a few of the reviews on the cameras using the AVCHD format, you would see that users who have the biggest problems importing video in this format are PeeCee users, by far. They usually have to resort to 3rd party software. The occasional Mac user experiencing problems is either a novice or using a very old OS. iMovie '08 as well as iMovie '09 will readily import and edit the format. iMovie '08 was available before the AVCHD codec was widely featured on consumer cameras.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2010, 8:55:57 PM PDT
No Nonsense says:
Open the application iMovie '09 (or iMovie '08) after connecting your camera to the Mac with the USB cable or connecting a card reader with the SD inserted. iMovie will then offer to import the AVCHD videos. No need to search for the files buried deep in the Panasonic camera folder.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 14, 2010, 9:24:38 PM PDT
No Nonsense says:
I just finished downloading ~ 45 minutes of AVCHD video into iMovie '09. If iMovie doesn't offer to import video from your camera when you open the application, you can select Import from Camera under the File menu. Did you record the video in AVCHD mode (default) or Motion JPEG?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2010, 6:36:36 AM PDT
When iphoto opens you can only drag the photos into it from LUMIX-not the movie files. You can't access the movie files or import them into iphoto.
The problem isn't that i can't find the files on my mac-the drive DOES show up-and IPHOTO opens and i can drag photos into it. When IMOVIE opens i can't import movies into it as IMOVIE does not see the drive. I can manually open up the drive and access any of the files and that's how i upload to youtube.
Youtube asks to select your movie file and i just select it from the drive but -again-IPHOTO doesn't see it. I should point out that it DID in the beginning but all of a sudden it stopped.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 15, 2010, 1:28:51 PM PDT
No Nonsense says:
You shouldn't have to ever drag files from the Lumix into iPhoto or iMovie.
Open iPhoto, and open iPhoto preferences. Under the general tab, near the bottom, select iPhoto in the field adjacent to <Connecting camera opens:>. iPhoto will then automatically open when you connect your camera to your Mac, and offer to import photos. (I assume you have already done this).
As to the movie files, are you recording in AVCHD or Motion JPEG? If you're recording in AVCHD, iPhoto will not play the movie. The files in the Lumix folder will not be .mov files, but .MTS (hierarcy: Untitled>Private>AVCHD>BDMV>Stream)
After importing photos into iPhoto, close iPhoto and open iMovie '09. Make sure that you are opening iMovie '09 and not an older version (click on About iMovie under the iMovie name in the Menu bar-it should say iMovie '09). You should not have to open any file directly from the Lumix (Untitled) drive icon. Also make sure that the "Untitled" disk icon is still on the desktop after closing iPhoto. From the iMovie Edit menu, click on Import from Camera. After a few second pause, a new iMovie window will open and offer to import the movies.
All the above assumes that you are connecting the camera to your Mac via the supplied USB cable, selecting PC connection, and making sure that the camera stays on.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2010, 6:07:08 AM PDT
i want to thank everyone for their help-once again-i am using the supplied USB connector and connected the LUMIX to my Mac book running 10.5.8. i turned the lumix on selected PC and it appeared on my desktop-then IPHOTO opened and my pictures appeared and i dragged the ones i wanted into IPHOTO-so far, so good, right? NOW I, once again, opened IMOVIE 9, i selected IMPORT FROM CAMERA-and the isight camera opened-meaning IMOVIE does NOT see the drive.
OK-IPHOTO see it because it opened it, but IMOVIE DOES NOT see it. It did at one time but now it doesn't. the movies are .MTS files as i can see when i open the LUMIX folder. the LUMIX icon is still on the desktop. NO NONSENSE-i am doing everything you say here-IPHOTO opened and the photos appeared and closed it and opened IMOVIE 9 and nothing happened-i selected IMPORT FROM CAMERA and the ISIGHT camera opened (it said (import from isight camera). the camera is still on, PC connection, USB cable, everything the same-and i still can't access these movie files.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2010, 5:37:02 AM PDT
i guess i'm recording in the default AVCHD mode which makes the MTS files. I didn't even know i could record in another-MOTION JPEG mode-how do i do that and what kind of files do they make? Are they ones that a mac can open?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2010, 8:19:14 AM PDT
Agustin Goba says:
That's all very strange, as my LX3 records to .mov files. But that doesn't help you... Here's what I'd try: Connect your camera to your Mac. If iMovie or iPhoto opens and asks you about importing, quit out of them. Open the camera drive on your desktop, find the video files, and drag/copy them to a folder on your hard drive (say, for example, your Movies folder). Command/shift-E the camera drive and disconnect it. Now open iMovie and start a new project, then select File>Import>Movies and see if you can find the video files in your Movies folder. If iMovie still doesn't see them, then the only other solution I can think of is to get Handbrake or MacRipIt and convert the files to .movs.
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