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Resolution worse after transcoding .mts to Pro Res 422 in FCPX?

678 Views 27 Replies Latest reply: Mar 27, 2013 6:09 AM by Phalene Fan RSS
  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,685 points)

    That is very strange. A screen shot would really help. Try Shift-Cmd-4 and drag a selection across the screen.

  • Charles Lloyd1 Level 2 Level 2 (230 points)

    I'll try another screen shot when my background processing finishes

  • Charles Lloyd1 Level 2 Level 2 (230 points)



    Here is screen shot.  Awfully hard to read, sorry about that.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,685 points)

    That's odd. That's a SD card is it? What happens if you connect the camera with the card in it?

  • Charles Lloyd1 Level 2 Level 2 (230 points)

    Nope its cam_mem for Camera_Memory I suppose.  I don't have an SD.  Sure like this little camera though.

  • Tom Wolsky Level 10 Level 10 (104,685 points)

    Sorry. I don't know what Panasonic has done to make these appear differently. Don't know why they're not identical.

  • Mark Garrett Calculating status...

    I've also noticed today (Pana TM900) that sometimes the SD card is not recognized as Camera but put into Devices. Not sure why that happens. It was recognized as a Camera on my laptop, but I take it over to my iMac, and it's in Devices (and cannot import). The odd thing is I see it flash into Camera, then move down to Devices.

  • Mark Garrett Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)



    I was able to get my SD card to show up as a Camera when I copied all the info off of it onto the internal memory and then reformatted it. I copied the info back over to the card and now it showed in FCPX as a Camera.Not sure if this is a one-time fix, but I will probably be reformatting my cards between projects. I'll take the small hit in durability and lifetime to not have to wrap and render. Luckily most of my projects don't require color correction, so I don'thave to take into ProRes. I can go start to finish in H264.

  • Phalene Fan Calculating status...


    To all those having (like me) problems importing the 1080P50/60 movies from an HDC-TM700 into FCPX, this is what I have found to work without using a 3rd Party converter in case you also have a Windows PC available.


    1. Close FCPX on your MAC

    2. Connect camera to your MAC

    3. Copy the entire CAM_MEM and/or CAM_SD folder to your MAC

    4. Disconnect the camera from your MAC

    5. Connect the camera to your Windows PC

    6. Copy files INDEX.BDM and MOVIEOBJ.BDM located in directory CAM_MEM/AVCHD/BDMV or CAM_SD/PRIVATE/AVCHD/BDMV on your PC to the same folder on your MAC (for example via a USB stick in case you don't have direct access from your MAC to the PC via a network) overwriting files with the same name on your MAC.

    7. Disconnect camera from PC

    8. Open FCPX on your MAC

    9. Start Import Media function in FCPX and navigate to the CAM_MEM or CAM_SD folder in the Import Media Window ----> Your 1080P50/60 movies will now show up like all other movies and you can import them using the 'Optimized media' transcoding option for example.


    This might seem a bit cumbersome but it is working. There must be a problem with the Apple OS reading files INDEX.BDM and MOVIEOBJ.BDM correctly in case the camera is directly attached to the MAC whereas this problem does not exist under Windows. The size of these files is in fact different when you transfer them directly from the camera to your MAC compared to transferring them from the camera to a Windows PC and from there to your MAC. Maybe Apple has a solution for this (without having to use any third party software or a Windows PC) but I could not yet find it in case it exists.


    N.B.: Once you need to access new 1080P60/50 clips on your camera, it is enough to copy the new corresponding .MTS files from the STREAM folder, the corresponding .CPI files from the CLIPINF folder and the entire PLAYLIST folder directly from the camera to the corresponding folder on your MAC. The INDEX.BDM and MOVIEOBJ.BDM must again be copied like above.


    Thanks for any comments about improving this workflow. You can of course transfer all the files from your Camera via the Windows PC to your MAC but I found it faster to copy the large .MTS files directly from the camera to the MAC.

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