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Trouble importing avchd

155 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 22, 2014 8:04 PM by FDriesen RSS
Michigan One Fly Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
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Feb 22, 2014 5:01 PM

I am having issues importing files from my camera.  I had been using the H.264 option on this camera and all was fine.  I recently switched to AVCHD and now I can't import.

My computer is a 2010 MBP.  SSD drive for software 7200rpm drive inplace of the media drive for projects and events.  FCPX 10.1.1, and Mavericks

My camera is a CanonVixia HF G30

I have the camera set for AVCHD 24 Mbps LPCM, at a frame rate of PF 29.97

If I try to import via a card reader I get a message that the computer cannot read this card and an option to reformat.  The card is a FAT32 format card, as are most camera cards.

If I use the USB conection and import with FCPX all appears to be fine until a clip is imported then I get a message that their was an error and the clip is referenced from the camera, not the hard drive I had selected for copying.

Quicktime does open the files fine.


Thank you in advance ofr any help.

  • babylonslim Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Feb 22, 2014 5:12 PM (in response to Michigan One Fly)

    Have you downloaded the updated codecs from Apple: Apple Menu/Download Additional Content?


    Here is the direct link:


    I have a Sony Nex VG-20 which is AVCHD, I am able to import, create optimized, etc. No issue.


    Is the original directory structure on your cards un altered? i.e., have you renamed clips ON the card while in Finder?


    Good Luck...

  • babylonslim Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)
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    Feb 22, 2014 7:10 PM (in response to Michigan One Fly)

    So this is the folder created by FCP 10.1.1 - inside of fcpbundle.Library at the root of your external drive. Right?

    (In the finder, one can rt. click on the Library Icons created by FCP 10.1.1, open show package contents/project folders) <--  that "secret" folder? Right? Not a folder that was left over from a previous incarnation of FCP X or one that you created in the Finder. Right?



    Thanks in advance...




    In the future, you might want to check ClipWrap.

  • FDriesen Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 22, 2014 8:04 PM (in response to Michigan One Fly)

    I download from my SD card (via the iMac SD slot) all my AVCHD (Sony HXR-NX30U) clips into ClipWrap and convert them into ProRes 422. I keep them in a HOLD file for preview in QT and further delete and/or rough trim if necessairy.

    Once I have made up my "editing" mind, I import the required media into my FCPX event. I never had any issue with the ProRes format..


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