7 Replies Latest reply: May 26, 2009 1:35 AM by Jon Chappell
Mr.Bungle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Does anyone know if the Canon VIXIA HG21 will work with Final Cut Pro 4? Thanks for any help.
  • Nick Holmes Level 7 Level 7 (29,955 points)
    That camera shoots AVCHD.
    You need an up to date copy of Final Cut Pro 6 and an Intel Mac to work with that format.
  • Mr.Bungle Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the response. Does it really have to be an intel Mac? I have a slightly older power book G4 and it seems to handle final cut well.
  • Nick Holmes Level 7 Level 7 (29,955 points)
    It's not how it handles FCP, rather that AVCHD is very processor intensive.
    AVCHD Is not an editing format, it's based on MPEG 4 and needs to be converted to something that is, such as Apple Intermediate or ProRes.

    Your G4 is not able to use the ProRes codec.

    There is an application called Voltaic, which will convert AVCHD. It takes around 20 hours to do 1 hour of footage on a G5. You will be waiting considerably longer with a G4.
  • Clatou Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Given the rapid increase of camcorders recording in the AVCHD format, when will Final Cut Pro natively support this file format? I’m somewhat surprised about the slow response and was surprised to find that the world’s best video editor doesn’t recognise mts files.
  • Brian Kaempen Level 3 Level 3 (625 points)
    Nick answered your questions in his post. AVCHD, a lot like HDV, is very processor intensive, so to be more editing friendly, you really should convert it to something else anyways. Also, when you go to deliver it via DVD or even web, it would take a LOT longer with native file formats than with ProRes. I would never place money on native recognition simply because it's not needed. The amount of people clamoring for native editing in small and there's no good reason for it either except maybe to keep the tiny file sizes it records. "The world's best video editor" has the world's best high quality HD codec in the form of ProRes, so either A. use that or B. next time do some research on software compatibility before buying the camera. I don't mean to sound brash but the simple fact is I read on this forum the other day that NO other NLE edits the native files, implying that Sony's Vegas doesn't even edit the native AVCHD files.

    -Brian
  • David S. Level 7 Level 7 (20,630 points)
    No NLE on either platform supports RT editing of native AVCHD footage.

    I doubt it is going happen with FCP as well.

    AVCHD is too computational intensive.
  • Jon Chappell Level 5 Level 5 (4,005 points)
    Brian Kaempen wrote:
    The amount of people clamoring for native editing in small and there's no good reason for it either except maybe to keep the tiny file sizes it records.


    With the price of hard drives nowadays, not even that is worthwhile anymore.