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Need Editing workflow using AVCHD, FCP, and Avid

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Dana Devorzon Calculating status...
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Mar 30, 2013 9:29 AM

I am trying to edit and maintain the quality of footage shot on a Sony HDR SR12 that uses AVCHD.  I'd like to cut the footage on my Avid Media Composer 3.0.5 but also have Final Cut Pro 7 and IMovie 9.0.8 for my workflow.

 

I believe I could use Log and Transfer to transfer the AVCHD files to .mov files in FCP.  I'm not sure whether I would need to then export them again to another codec to edit them on Avid.

 

Can you suggest a workflow that will be the most time efficient, quality preserving method to enabling me to cut on AVID? And which setting are the most preferable? I know very little about codecs and compression.

 

Also, the footage is 1080i and really seems to stutter when there is a lot of movement.  Should I deinterlace once my footage is edited? Is the stuttering just apparent on my computer but will be smooth on an HD TV?

 

My computer specs are: 3.32 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon.  I have 2 boot drives, one Mountain Lion with FCP and the other Snow Leopard for AVID MC.

 

Thank you for your help and expertise!  I am so frustrated that I bought a video camera that doesn't work with Avid!

Final Cut Pro 7, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), Avid MC 3.0.5

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