Currently Being ModeratedDec 4, 2012 8:02 AM (in response to Doug_ L)
I would suggest importing the MPEG4 to iMovie and backing up your mp4 files. Then erase the MP4 files from your camera. Then reattach the camera to your Mac and open iMovie. It may see the AVCHD if there is no MP4 there.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 4, 2012 8:54 AM (in response to AppleMan1958)
Thanks - I will give that a shot.
Canon tech support (for what it is worth) suggested that I should have done a full initialization of the memory card in the camcorder before shooting. Seems silly to me as it was brand new card and presumably the camcorder DID initialize the card by default.
I would try this (re-initializing card) but I really need to keep the AVCHD file I shot (kid's recital) and don't want to lose it. I'll but another memory card and try it 'their way'.
Any known issues with iMovie '09 - I am too cheap to update to '11 but would if I was pretty sure that was the issue...
Currently Being ModeratedDec 4, 2012 10:51 AM (in response to Doug_ L)
For what it's worth, I agree with the advice about re-initializing the card. I have a Panasonic, but I reinitialize the card after every time I import.
If you want to keep the contents of your current card, here are some ideas.
1) If you haven't tried putting the card in a USB card reader (or built-in card reader), then that is worth a try.
2) You say you have a copy on your desktop. If so, open iMovie ant try FILE/IMPORT FROM/CAMERA ARCHIVE.
Navigate to the folder that contains the contents of your card (not the folders within the card, and not the mts files). See if it will let you import.
3) You can use Disk Utility to create a disk image of the card. Later you can mount the disk image and import from it as if it were an attached camera.
4) Worst case, there are some third party apps that can repackage the mts files so you can salvage them. These include ClipWrap and Voltaic HD. These apps are more expensive than iMovie, and you would only use them once, so that is why I say they are a last resort.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 4, 2012 2:25 PM (in response to AppleMan1958)
Yeah, before I figured out the proper order to synch the camcorder via USB (camera on and hooked-up before launching iMovie) I yanked the SDHC card and copied the files to the desktop. I mistakenly copied just the .mts files, not the whole folder structure.
For what it is worth, I can also see the folder structure from iMovie as well when I select 'import from file'. If not the .mts files themselves, what am I importing? The folder titled Private, or the one title Streaming or what? How far back up the folder chain do I go?
Currently Being ModeratedDec 4, 2012 2:53 PM (in response to Doug_ L)
Is the card still intact?
If you copy the full card to your hard drive, you will hopefully put it in a Folder. Call the folder something like AVCHD from Joe's Birthday 2012-11-02. When you get ready to import from camera archive, point to "AVCHD from Joe's Birthday 2012-11-02".
Currently Being ModeratedDec 4, 2012 3:18 PM (in response to AppleMan1958)
Yes, everything still entact. I will make copy of the entire card as you suggest when I get home. Thanks.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 4, 2012 6:17 PM (in response to Doug_ L)
AppleMan1958 you da man! Deleting the .mp4 videos did the trick! I guess the camera (or iMovie) defaults to the lower resolution option if it is present. Thanks very much.