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1284 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 19, 2009 10:54 PM by Karsten Schlüter
it looks like, the hf00 will be my next camcorder.. just to mention that.
.. I have heard lots of stories about large import times, and automatic conversions / descaling from 1080 HD to Apple's Intermediate Codec.....and then if I wanted to eventually burn to DVD after editing, another inevitable descaling down to DVD quality. I don't mind DVD quality as I haven't got BlueRay or anything, but how would all these conversion affect the quality in respect of unwanted artefacts?
no stories, facts:
AVCHD isn't natively editable. (allthough, some brave souls on the Windows platform do...)
so, an intermediate codec is essentiell. Apple has two, AIC and ProRes (=only FCP users, a pro codec with an extreme bitrate, no consumer use).
AIC doesn't drop any quality.
iDVD creates standard conform video DVDs, which have PAL/NTSC res => a downsampling is necessary: from 1920x1080 to 768x576 (PAL), or 720x480 (NTSC).
best practice would be, to export the AIC encoded project direct into iDVD. unfortunately, the MediaBrowser of iLife uses h264.. here, the story begins: some people complain loss of quality camera>>iMovie>>iDVD, in regards of artifacts, stutter.. actually, I can not follow this discussion.. the few samples of AVCHD I have access to look superb on DVD...-
you have the 'manual' option, to Export using QT/and choose the 'native' codec AIC as export option.. creates huge files, you an drop into iDVD (=cares for length, never of size of files), and alter erase these intermediates...- as said, I don't see any diff. in terms of quality using this workflow or the Apple intended one.
last word: iM allows storage of the raw data/AVCHD files. so, if in any future version of iM a better quality is accomplished or, even better, creation of BR disks is supported, you can strat from scratch..MacMini 1.66/1.25GB/QT7.5/iLife09 + iMHD6 + FCE4, Mac OS X (10.5.5), email@example.com
How do you get the files onto the Mac to begin with? I have tried the USB connection but the computer doesn't see the camera. I have tried going from the card but the files are UNIX files. What am I missing here? I was hoping to work with iMovie but will go with FCE if necessary.
thanksMacPro Quad core, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 18, 2009 9:57 PM (in response to Polly Smith-Blackwell)
Polly Smith-Blackwell wrote:
How do you get the files onto the Mac to begin with? .. What am I missing here? ...
does this help?MacMini 1.66/1.25GB/QT7.5/iLife09 + iMHD6 + FCE4, Mac OS X (10.5.5), firstname.lastname@example.org
I have the Canon HF S100 which is basically the same thing. I love the camera. Im still playing with it, trying to find the best settings. It works great with iMovie09. I have a card reader so I'll pop in my 16GB SD card and iMovie sees it right away.
I havent burned any DVD's yet. I usually put all my videos on Vimeo or youtube. Dont hesitate, if your planning on using iMovie09 this camera is the one for it.MAC MINI, 1 TB MiniStack v3, iPhone 3G, Powerbook G4 17in ,Canon HF S100, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 2Ghz, 4 GB DDR 3
Have you tried Final Cut Express 4? It says it can import AVCHD directly and easily edit.
FCE4 converts AVCHD on Import automatically into AIC.. same as iMovie08/09..
there's no 'native' AVCHD editor on the MacOs platform..MacMini 1.66/1.25GB/QT7.5/iLife09 + iMHD6 + FCE4, Mac OS X (10.5.5), email@example.com