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Import of AVCHD .MTS files

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  • Geoff Kaiser Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
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    Jun 22, 2011 8:00 PM (in response to The Photo Ninja)

    I downloaded it from your link and tried it.

     

    First the bad news: so far I haven't had luck with the archive. FCPX's Import window does see the archive when I click "Open Archive" and navigate to it, and even 'mounts' it as a camera under the camera list, and even has the "Import All" button lit, and will go thru the motions of an import, but it never let me see the contents, so nothing got imported. Tried 3 or 4 different times, and tried renaming the archive back to "NO NAME" like on the card, and even tried using FCPX to create it's own archive of it, which it seemed to do, but again, nothing would import from it.

     

    The good news is, the MP4 you had in there imported into the media browser perfectly, and plays in the timeline just fine, with the audio. Reports it as a 59.94fps clip. If I apply an effect to it, it has an orange bar over it, plays in realtime while the effect renders in the background, then the bar goes away. So the MP4 file works like a charm.

     

    I'd be happy if someone else tries the archive though, just to be sure.

     

    FYI, I'm on a late 2010 iMac i7, OX 10.6.7.

  • The Photo Ninja Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jun 22, 2011 8:29 PM (in response to Geoff Kaiser)

    Would you mind downloading clip wrap and trying it?

  • Geoff Kaiser Level 2 Level 2 (340 points)
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    Jun 22, 2011 9:06 PM (in response to The Photo Ninja)

    I have ClipWrap already. Tried converting the raw MTS file with it (assuming that's what you're asking me to try), but no go. Apparently ClipWrap isn't compatible with your camera...? If I rewrap the file, I get a file with audio but no video, and if I try transcoding to ProRes or AIC, I get a file with nothing in it.

  • stu15 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 23, 2011 1:40 AM (in response to Geoff Kaiser)

    I have a HDC-SD700 and have been using clip wrap to transcode it's 50p (based in AU) footage to prores and then importing into FCP7 for almost a year and it works fine.   I have tried to import the native .mts files direct into final cut x and failed through all methods (direct files and with camera connected) so I am pretty sure that it still doesn't support the native 50p which is frustrating.  Importing the clipwrap transcoded prores files to final cut x works fine still.  I can't see why clipwrap wouldn't work the same with your 60p as I assume panasonic hasn't changed the codec.  I will get your footage and check it tonight.

  • stu15 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 23, 2011 2:34 AM (in response to stu15)

    Just tested the dropbox mts file and it works fine when converted to prores using Clipwrap (with convert audio to LPCM checkbox ticked).  Imports fine into final cut x with video and audio all looking like it is working properly - see attached screen shot showing the info for the clip on the right.

     

    Screen shot 2011-06-23 at 7.30.54 PM.png

  • German_Doc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 23, 2011 3:48 AM (in response to dafishboy)

    So here is the Freeware Solution as clipwrap in fact has some problems with 1080p50 / 1080p60 (also with my Sony TX100).

     

    Go and get "remux" for Mac. It is free and does support batch processing. It rewrappes the video to a mp4-container and it only transcodes the audio in acc format (you have to set this option).

    It is lightning fast as it leaves video untouched/untranscoded.

     

    Just import those mp4 into fcpx and it is fine.

  • kevinfromnorthborough Calculating status...
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    Jun 23, 2011 3:57 AM (in response to German_Doc)

    Remux seems like a great free tool, but just like Aunsoft or Rewrap2M4V there is an issue with FCP:  the rewrap works fine, as does the import into Final Cut.  The problem seems is that there is a green frame at least once per second in playback.  This could be a Panasonic AVCHD 1080p 60fps only issue... it may work fine for other MTS files.  But no go for those of us struggling to get the Panny footage in.

  • m0thr4 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:06 AM (in response to The Photo Ninja)

    The Photo Ninja wrote:

     

    What happens if you plug the Panasonic directly into the computer?

     

    I tried this with my Panasonic HDC-SD900... it doesn't appear in the "import from camera" pop-up, but it does show up as an attached SD card, so you have the same problem where FCP X won't allow you to import the footage.  In my case, I've been filming in 1080p50, which is the highest quality for the European version of this camera.

     

    There are plenty of interim solutions mentioned above, but when I use these, I lose the 5.1 sound from my clips.  Best bet is probably to wait for the official AVCCAM Importer from Panasonic, which will be a free download "this summer".  It's a Quicktime plugin, so should work with Final Cut Pro X no problem.

     

    http://www.panasonic-broadcast.com/en/news/archive.php?we_objectID=4260

  • German_Doc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:02 AM (in response to kevinfromnorthborough)

    In fact: it works fine with sony 1080p50, perhaps it is a specific incompatibility with pana footage.

  • m0thr4 Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:09 AM (in response to German_Doc)

    German_Doc wrote:

     

    In fact: it works fine with sony 1080p50, perhaps it is a specific incompatibility with pana footage.

     

    That seems to be the case.  Summer only started 2 days ago, so I'm crossing my fingers that the plugin from Panasonic will be released within the next 3 months!  :-)

  • bsvingen Calculating status...
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:11 AM (in response to German_Doc)

    Can you please be specific on which Sony camera you get this to work with, and exactly what you do?

     

    I have not been able to import 50 fps from my Sony HDR-CX360.

     

    Thanks.

  • German_Doc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:22 AM (in response to bsvingen)

    Please read again my posting. I talked about progressive fullHD footage from my Sony TX100 (as I said), which can´t be logged directly from fcpx.

    It has to be rewrapped into a mp4-container by i.e. "remux" and than brought to fcpx by "import files ...".

  • bsvingen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:25 AM (in response to German_Doc)

    No, that's the point - I record 50p, not 50i, and Final Cut Pro X does not recognize those clips. But I will try remux if you believe that might work. ClipWrap did not work.

  • The Photo Ninja Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:29 AM (in response to stu15)

    Stu15... you mentioned clipwrap converts to prores?

     

    Did I misunderstand? What's your workflow?

     

    BTW: does clipwrap create any AV sync issues?

  • nfoo Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
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    Jun 23, 2011 4:29 AM (in response to dafishboy)

    Yeah, it sees the archive, but not the clips.

    That seems to be caused by 1080p60 not being officially supported in AVCDH yet.

     

    Have you tried 720p60?

    I don't get why you want to film in 1080p anyway. Your camera's lens limits the resolution, anyway.

    I bet there's no big difference between 720p and 1080p.

    Maybe stick to 720p? Practicly same quality / resolution. Less space. No hassle in conversion.

     

    Or just rewrap it.

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