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HT5301 Still not seeing AVCHD in Aperture 3.3

2159 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Feb 17, 2014 3:49 AM by seamuswarren RSS
Carruthe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 11, 2012 8:30 PM

I upgraded to 3.3, but I still do not see my AVCHD files when I try to import them (Canon m2ts files).  I tried changing the file extension to mts or m2t, but no luck.  Clips are not 1080p60 or 1080p50.  Any ideas?

Aperture 3, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Clem Level 3 Level 3 (550 points)
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    Jun 11, 2012 8:34 PM (in response to Carruthe)

    Are your files still in the folder structure they were written out in when shot, or are you trying to import the sub-component files.

  • WenSheld Calculating status...
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    Jun 12, 2012 8:09 AM (in response to Carruthe)

    What is the camera you are using?

  • Richo Calculating status...
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    Jun 12, 2012 9:14 AM (in response to Carruthe)

    Same issue, Aperture 3.3  not seeing .mts video from Sony Nex 7 camera.

  • Richo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 12, 2012 9:35 AM (in response to Richo)

    Also I copied these out of their original file structure. But I have no problem in Adobe Premier, or LIghtroom reading and using these files.

  • WenSheld Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jun 12, 2012 10:07 AM (in response to Richo)

    This maybe an issue of AVCHD and AVCHD 2.0

    AVCHD 2.0 Is 1080p 50fps and 60fps and 3D (stereoscopic)

    if you shoot any AVCHD 2.0 formats it won't appear in Aperture for import. (this is the same for FCP and iMovie)


    The Sony Nex 7 does shot AVCHD 2.0 so I would suggest test shooting in all the formats and sizes then import to see what ones are supported and what ones aren't.  I would expect you will see all the AVCHD but the 1080p at 60 and 50fps

  • Clem Level 3 Level 3 (550 points)
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    Jun 12, 2012 10:11 AM (in response to Richo)

    Here is the support article on AVCHD support:


    Aperture 3.3 supports AVCHD clips in the following formats:

    • 1080p30
    • 1080p25
    • 720p60
    • 720p50
    • 720p30
    • 720p25


    Clips formatted at 1080p50 and 1080p60 are not supported, and are not visible in the Aperture Import window.

    If you have iPhoto 9.3, can you import the files in question there?

  • Richo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 12, 2012 10:15 AM (in response to WenSheld)

    Thanks Wensheld.  I'm guessing you're right on this.  I'll test other then 60fps, but It still is disappointing not to have that in Aperture. And I see from Clem that you are right.  Not being a techie, I wonder why they wouldn't or couldn't include 60p?

  • Clarknet Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 13, 2012 9:19 AM (in response to Carruthe)

    Appears Panasonic LX-5 MTS files not importing either. I am very dissapointed.


    I can do what I had done in the past, convert using Video Monkey to mp4 files. BUT, when I do, I lose the date and time of the original file, destroying timelimes, history, etc... Very bothersome. Trying to figure out a solution with Name Mangler and some Scripting, but very cumbersome.


    Just wish Aperture's AVCHD did work with Pansonic LX-5 MTS files. Would simplify my workflows dramatically. I was so teased by the 'promise'.

  • Richo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 13, 2012 9:44 AM (in response to Clarknet)

    I've been an Apple fan from the day I made their battery pack for the short-lived Apple IIc flat screen. That's 1985. So I too am disappointed that Aperture's team can't keep up with this fast-moving video world of which I've become absorbed in.  Lightroom now takes in all the video types I use and has many other interesting features.  It's a big decision to make the switch, but I couldn't wait around for these incremental changes that always seem to fall short.  Pile on the FCPX mess and it became an easier decision.  This is off the subject, but just wanted to point out that there is some big competition and Apple better keep their eye on who and what made them great.  Before the iphone.

  • seamuswarren Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 17, 2014 3:49 AM (in response to Carruthe)

    I have some AVCHD files captured on a Sony RX100 at 50 frames per second because I want the option to slow the clip to 25fps for smooth slow motion.

    While Aperture does appear to import these (I suppose unorthodox for Aperture?) 50fps files, I am unable to do anything with them:


    Screenshot 2014-02-17 21.17.02.png

    A quick look at the file info related to an "MAH03115" for example, indicates it is a 22.6 MB MP4 file that Aperture describes as "Unsupported Video Format".


    Aperture suggests I open these files in Quicktime Player so I tried this and discovered I can export from Quicktime to 1080p, 720p etc. and import these back into Aperture. Seems a roundabout way to get things done.


    Screenshot 2014-02-17 22.38.51.png


    The above seems aroundabout way to get clips into Aperture then it's a one step process in rival Adobe Photoshop Lightroom:

    Screenshot 2014-02-17 21.38.12.png


    Just an aside: Are their rumours of Apple's intention to merge FCPX and Aperture into one application?


    I suspect exporting at a lower quality format recognised by Aperture may be the answer, for now, but I'd be degrading existing files and wasting a lot of time.


    It is especially frustrating as Lightroom had no problem importing similar clips shot at 50fps or in non-DVD non-Bluray formats available on the Sony RX100. Very straight forward. No extra steps necessary.

    Lightroom feels a bit "busy" or cluttered for me and I found putting slideshows together more cumbersome than in Aperture. I am also more familiar with building photo books in Aperture and this feature also looks a bit cumbersome in Lightroom.

    I switched from Aperture to Lightroom (with Premiere) and back to Aperture again because the Apple fiels (the photos/videos) and applications appear to be more seamlessly integrated and accessible... mostly.

    When I was using Adobe, I had to export files (to the desktop) from Lightroom and import them into Premiere. Maybe I should have been using bridge.

    I also felt Lightroom and Premiere slideshows were cumbersome and did not even try making photo books in Lightroom because it appears less intuitive.


    Any tips appreciated. Many thanks.


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