7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 26, 2011 8:53 AM by Nameless68
mdy1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a Panasonic HMC 150 HD camera that records in AVCHD. The files have an ".MTS" extension on them. I'm using Final Cut Pro X and trying to get the files to import using the "Import" function under "File." No luck. Do I have to convert these files using another program. If so, what's the best way to do the import without losing any quality?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Final Cut Pro X
  • 1. Re: How do I get AVCHD footage into FCPX?
    ERandolph Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have a Sony HXR-NX5U . When I try to do "Import from Camera" in FCPX, the camera shows up and all of the clips have numbers and run times, BUT, no thumbnails, previews or anything else to see what the clip is.

    I also can't get them to Import or Create an Archive.

    What am I missing here. Where is the magic button to push to make this work?

  • 2. Re: How do I get AVCHD footage into FCPX?
    ERandolph Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hmmm.

    I shut everything down, FCPX, camera, etc. (dismounted the "USB" drive) and shut off the camera.

     

    What I did next in order:

    1-hooked up USB cable to camera (NX5U) with it off. (also FCPX closed)

    2-Turned on the camera and made sure it showed up as SD drive on desktop.

    3-Launched FCPX

    4-Clicked on "Import from Camera."

    Voila! There were all of my clips and thumbnail images

    The clips are viewable and scrub like they are supposed to.

     

    5- Selected 1 clip and clicked on "Import"

    Boom. It showed up in my event library.

    I then opened the "Background Tasks" window and could see the "Transcoding and Analysis" counting up the percent.

     

    6-Dragged the clip to the timeline and it plays and has audio.

    Cool!

     

    Step 1 accomplished.

  • 3. Re: How do I get AVCHD footage into FCPX?
    Nameless68 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    One way I import older .mts flies I have stored on hard drives without archiving the complete folders and such (just the files) is using toast 10.

     

    I go to make a blu-ray video disc, drag all the video MTS files I want to the new disc to make. I turn off menus and set automatic encoding. When I make a disc image I set it for DVD for the disc size as FCPX seems to like it over BD

    [11-06-26 110013] Color LCD.jpg

    [11-06-26 105108] Toast 10 Titanium.jpg

     

    Also it will not reencode the files if they are all they same format. I was doing this to add old footage in to imovie and it seems to be working with FCPX. Just mount the disc image and FCPX should see it as a camera archive disc.

    [11-06-26 105738] Color LCD.jpg

     

    Questions, just ask, sometimes I have trouble instructing.

  • 4. Re: How do I get AVCHD footage into FCPX?
    jctez Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Drag 'Private' folder from SDHC card to HD

    Launch FCPX

    File>Import From Camera>Open Archive (bottom left)

    Locate 'Private' folder

    Import

  • 5. Re: How do I get AVCHD footage into FCPX?
    Nameless68 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    also if your camera connects to the computer it should be found under "Import from camera" Option, if your camera is not supported and uses SD or other removable card, you can try to mount the card and use the import from camera and just point to that card. Last thing would be to try copying the files over to your hard drive and try the import from camera and point to that folder. You will need to copy all the folders exactly for that to work.

  • 6. Re: How do I get AVCHD footage into FCPX?
    JohnSpirou Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    If you have only the mts - m2ts files , without the structure , you can use this program to recreate the structure and then Import from camera works !

     

    https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/dload/avccam_restorer/agree_e.ht m

  • 7. Re: How do I get AVCHD footage into FCPX?
    Nameless68 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    JohnSpirou wrote:

     

    If you have only the mts - m2ts files , without the structure , you can use this program to recreate the structure and then Import from camera works !

     

    https://eww.pavc.panasonic.co.jp/pro-av/support/dload/avccam_restorer/agree_e.ht m

     

    Thanks!! I just tried this and it works good, easier then the way I was doing it. Also worked with non-panasonic video files and with .mts files. Thanks again for posting this information.