Final Cut Pro offers one of the most widely used editing platforms for content created with Panasonic’s P2 system. With each new version of FCP, its capabilities regarding P2 are enhanced and made more efficient. P2 media is recorded in MXF format, it offers a variety of formats to choose from (DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO 50, DVCPRO HD, and AVC-Intra 50 and AVC-Intra 100), differing in bit depth (8 or 10 bits), scanning mode (Progressive or Interlaced) and also frame rate. The Panasonic’s 10-bit AVC-Intra codecs (AVC-Intra 50 and AVC-Intra 100) are very demanding on your computer’s processor. If you find your FCP editing system does not operate with the same level of performance as with FCP codecs (such as Apple ProRes 422), you may need a more powerful computer, or convert the P2 HD AVC-Intra 50/AVC-Intra 100 codec video into a FCP ProRes codec.
This tutorial has been written for people attempting to work with P2 within the Final Cut Pro editing environment. It describes how to transcode P2 HD AVC-Intra 50/AVC-Intra 100 to Apple ProRes for FCP importing on Mountain Lion using AVC-Intra MXF to FCP Converter.