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Transcode AVCHD to Apple Pro Res from MTS files

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I have been sent a USB pen drive with what looks like a more or less straight copy from a card that has come from a camcorder. The footage is AVCHD and contained within a folder structure (BDMV > STREAM > 00001.MTS etc). I need to edit the footage in FCP7.


I have tried the Log and Transfer process to transcode the footage to Apple ProRes, but this doesn't work - the Media Duration for each clip as FCP sees it is 00:00:00:00 and the import subsequantly fails (Error: No Data). I suspect that the folder structure isn't actually a straight copy from the camcorder and the file structure or metadata is compromised.


So far, the only solutions I have seen to transcode AVCHD footage like this (from the individual MTS clips) is to purchase some cheap standalone app or to use an free FFMPEG based application like Handbrake or AnyVideo Convertor and transcode to an intermediate format using H.264 then using an automator script to get Quicktime to convert it to ProRes - this is messy and creates a lot of artifacts though (as you'd imagine).


Are there any free AVCHD to Apple Pro Res convertors out there? Should I be able to do it with FCP - but I'm missing something? Should I stop being so tight and shell out $35 for software that I'm only going to use this once?

G5 iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.4), 3rd Generation (iSight) 17"


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