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iPhoto converts AVCHD to MOV files - is it down converting?

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Jan 23, 2013 5:04 AM

I just bought a new camera yesterday.  It is a Sony Cybershot WX150 which records HD video (1080i) in AVCHD format.  When I import the files into iPhoto - which are then later exported as "originals" they are very small .MOV files.  I am wondering if my AVCHD files are actually down converting or if they are just small MOV files because the AVCHD files are already compressed?  Basically I want to make sure I'm not losing quality on import.  Ultimately I would prefer that I had the original file instead.  Does anyone have any input on this?  Thank you.

iPhoto '11, Mac OS X (10.7.5), Sony Cybershot
  • Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5 (6,315 points)

    If you download the AVCHD file to the Desktop, you can then compare the Resolution of both files.


    Alternately, you can probably check your camera setting for the AVCHD resolution you're shooting at.

  • Joe Gramm Level 5 Level 5 (6,315 points)

    I unfortunately do not have the answer to your question. I've searched the ASC for an answer as well as a general Internet search with no luck about rewrapping vs converting. There is a lot of info on how to import the video. Lots of info about using iMovie vs iPhoto.


    Hopefully some of the iPhoto top participents will jump into the discussion.


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