I own a prosumer camera-Panasonic HDC-HS300. Not a bad camera for being HD prosumer except when transcoding/unwrapping. When footage is played back on the camera itself it looks buttery smooth. When transferred over to my Mac, every time the footage moves or pans, it looks very interlaced. It almost looks like horizontal lines run across the screen every time there is camera movement. I use ClipWrap to unwrap the MTS files. Even when I transcode to Apple Pro Res HQ, the footage looks awful. I shoot in 1920x1080 60i. Also looks interelaced when shooting in 24p. Do all AVCHD cameras make footage look like this? Any suggestions on unwrapping?
Interlaced ALWAYS looks bad on a computer monitor. You can choose to live with it on your computer, and it will look fine when you're finished edit is played back on a TV/monitor. Or, if you're final result is going to be web-based, Vimeo, Youtube etc. check out Too Fast Too Soon plugins for FCP. They are free and have a filter called blend fields that does a great job (but slow) converting interlaced to progressive) Much better than the de-interlace filter in FCP