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SSteele Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)

I'm trying to import the .mts files from the new Sony NX30. Using Log and Transfer on FCP 6.0.6, all the files except one transfers fine.  Those files are less than 3 minutes.  The 44 min. file has an error and won't work. 

I tried using mpeg streamclip to access the file and it showed 'unsupported file'.

Searching the discussions, I've seen that Toast (vs9 and later) and VoltaicHD are supposed to convert the AVCHD .mts files.  The negative is that Voltaic HD is VERY slow.  The post was several years old.  Does anyone know if that has improved?  Is there a new standard as to how to convert them when the log and transfer doesn't work?

 

I imported earlier a 33 min. clip via Log and Transfer from the same NX30 and it took about 3 hours, but worked.  In the Sony instructions it mentions that the SD card format is a FAT32 and does 2 GB max length files, but it must have combined them somehow because the 33 min file worked. 

This new 45 min clip is from a wedding.  Really want to have access to it  

Any thoughts?

 

Thanks.

Sharon

 

MacPro, OX 10.6.8, 10GB RAM, FCP 6.0.6

  • 1. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,125 points)

    Is your scratch disk set to a disk that's formatted macosextended?  That's often the problem when short files transfer and longer ones don't. 

  • 2. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    SSteele Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)

    I verified in disk Utility and yes it is formatted Mac OS extended.  Really appreciate you responding to try to help.

     

    I have done further research and have seen ClipWrap2 mentioned.  Would that be appropriate to trying to get this file usable?  Of course it would be nice to know WHY it didn't transfer--whether it is a corrupt file or not.  At least with my Sony Z7 there is a tape backup to the compact flash card.  With this Sony NX30 there is just the SD card.  The SD card is a 32 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro 95mb/sec HC1 so the specs should be adequate.

     

    Sharon

  • 3. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,125 points)

    there's a free demo of clipwrap2 available.  I think it will only do the first minute of the file, but it will tell you whether it'll work or not. 

     

    Are you sure it's compatible with fcp6?  I know that some flavors of avchd require fcp7.  That's true of the panasonic hmc150 which I use a great deal.

     

    Did you copy the contents of the card to a local drive first?  That's always a good idea.  Make sure you copy the entire contents of the card keeping the folder structure intact.

     

    And another thought.  I've seen mpegstreamclip sometimes successfully import and convert files that it said were unsupported.  Sometimes it's just a question of being patient.

  • 4. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    SSteele Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)

    Since it worked on the 30 small clips and just not on the longer clip, I'm going with that it is compatible with FCP6.

     

    I did not copy the contents of the card to a local drive first.  I will try that.

     

    I told mpegstreamclip to 'open anyway' and it was a no go.

     

    I'm checking out the clipwrap2 now.

  • 5. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,125 points)

    just in case there's a problem with permissions, or something, you might try changing your scratch disk and see if that makes a difference.

  • 6. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    SSteele Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)

    Well, rats.  I'm not sure what I have learned.

     

    The clip is 44 min long.  ClipWrap2 rewrapped 11 min (2GB) worth.  It opened in QT, but I couldn't export it out of there as another format.  When I imported it into FCP and tried to load it into the viewer, I got an General Error message, then an "Error:  Out of Memory" message.

     

    I had ClipWrap2 convert that same 44 min. clip to ProRes.  It converted only the same 11 min worth.  When I imported it into FCP, it did play.  So I do have the first 11 min. 

     

    What about the remaining 33 min???  They are not the next clips in the sequence. 

     

    Sharon

  • 7. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,125 points)

    You paid for the full version of clipwrap?  Are you sure the format you saved it out of clip wrap before you converted to prores was comptable with fcp6?   I'd guess not.

     

    There could be a corruption on the card.  The cards are formatted in such a way that larger clips have to be spread over several files,   There may be a utility available for repairing the card structure.  You might do some googling.

     

    Did you copy the card contents to a local drive?  

  • 8. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,910 points)

    That camera isn't FULLY compatible with FCP 6.  Short clips work (just like they do with the Sony NX5), but longer than 10 min, and the system chokes.  Apple fixed that with FCP 7.0.3...because this was an issue with 7.0.2. 

     

    The fully paid version of CLipWrap2 will work fine...and yes, you cannot re-wrap, you have to convert to ProREs.

  • 9. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    SSteele Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)

    I did pay for the full version of ClipWrap2. 

     

    I did copy the card contents to a local drive.

     

    I will check further regarding your other comments.  I REALLY appreciate your time and comments.

    Sharon

  • 10. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    SSteele Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)

    Shane,

    Thank you for your comments.  You are probably saying more concisely what Michael has been trying to tell me and my brain wasn't computing.

     

    One thing I don't understand though, is why ClipWrap 2 only did 11 minutes worth?  At that point FCP was still out of the equation.  How could it be FCP's problem as I hadn't yet taken it into FCP.  I transferred the file from the SD card onto a local drive.  Did the ClipWrap2 from that and it only gave me 11 minutes.  Hadn't even gotten into FCP yet.

     

    Message was edited by: SSteele

  • 11. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,125 points)

    Shane knows, I'm just guessing.  And here's my guess.  your clip is probably made up of several .mts files because of the file size limitation of the card.  Check the next .mts (numerically) and see if it's the next part of the shot.

  • 12. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    SSteele Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)

    Michael,

    "Check the next .mts (numerically) and see if it's the next part of the shot."

     

    I tried that, hoping that is what had happened.  Unfortunately, no.

    Sharon

  • 13. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,910 points)

    Yeah, I agree with Michael. Must be broken up into smaller clips. Try the second one and see if they connect.

  • 14. Re: .mts files from newly released Sony NX30
    Michael Grenadier Level 7 Level 7 (20,125 points)

    check all other mts files on the card.  Perhaps sony has a illogical file naming convention.  (hard to imagine).  Can you play the entire shot back on the camera?  That's probably the next thing to check.

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