Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 6:14 AM (in response to timsenger)
No, it's not necessary (though perhaps desirable) but you'll have to get a third party app like Clipwrap and turn mts files into .mov files if you want to follow a Compressor-only workflow. Otherwise, copy the entire card structure and bring that into FCP or some other editor.
Not to second-guess, but I doubt you'll be happy with the results if you rely solely on Compressor – particularly since you indicate you care about the audio quality. Inevitably you'll want to correct something in post other than settinng in and out points…whether you do that in a video or audio editor.
Finally, remember that Vimeo is going to re-compress whatever you give it so be careful not to too aggressive in making your compression settings.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 7:22 AM (in response to Russ H)
Thank you, Russ, for taking time to answer my question, which leads me to another question: Given the video clips are destined for Vimeo, does FCPX have enough compression/conversion capability to generate a video file (medium quality 640x360 video, high quality audio) for Vimeo upload, thereby avoiding the need for a Compressor 4 step? It would be nice to have to rely on a single app to ingest the AVCHD clips and generate a file ready for Vimeo upload. Thanks again ...
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 8:33 AM (in response to Russ H)
Thank you again, Russ. I have a friend who owns FCPX. I should be able to test a few clips to see if FCPX alone can do the job. I will also look into Clipwrap. I have Aunsoft Final Mate and it will also convert mts files to standard formats.