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Importing from a Panasonic HDC TM700

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ddt460 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 27, 2010 6:28 PM
I just got this Panasonic which is able to shoot video at 1080p 28Mbps. I know that this format is not AVCHD compliant, and currently not recognized by iMovie 09.
Does anyone know of a work around? The first step is getting the files imported into the Mac, and then the next would be to see if one of the converters could convert it to AIC, which I was hoping would work as they are .mts files.
24" iMac 2.8GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 13" Macbook Pro 2.26mHz
  • GaryLarryWally Calculating status...
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    Mar 28, 2010 9:36 AM (in response to ddt460)
    As a workaround you can take the MTS files (in the camera STREAM folder file structure on the desktop mounted disks) into TOAST and convert to any format there. ProRes 422 HQ retains top quality but maxes out the file size!
    Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Alan Somers Level 6 Level 6 (9,345 points)
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    Mar 28, 2010 11:48 AM (in response to GaryLarryWally)
    As another work-around if you don't want to buy Toast, you could try running it through the free Handbrake application and converting into a plain MP4 file. You also have the option to max out the quality with the same issue of huge file size.
    15" MacBook Pro, Core Duo, 2.0 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5), 2 GB RAM, 100 GB 5400 RPM HD
  • Alan Somers Level 6 Level 6 (9,345 points)
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    Mar 28, 2010 7:30 PM (in response to ddt460)
    The .mts files should be enough. However, if you're using Relay Recording, I don't know how the internal and external files get merged.
    15" MacBook Pro, Core Duo, 2.0 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5), 2 GB RAM, 100 GB 5400 RPM HD
  • Alan Somers Level 6 Level 6 (9,345 points)
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    Mar 29, 2010 9:32 AM (in response to ddt460)
    Please let us know how things work out. I'll likely be getting one of these camcorders in a month or two and I'd be interested in your experiences.
    15" MacBook Pro, Core Duo, 2.0 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5), 2 GB RAM, 100 GB 5400 RPM HD
  • David S. Level 7 Level 7 (20,630 points)
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    Mar 31, 2010 9:49 AM (in response to Alan Somers)
    These appear to work with ClipWrap2.
    MacPro 2.26Ghz 8-core Nehalem 12 Gbs RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.2), GeForce GT 120 512 MBs RAM 30" ACD FCP Forum Elitist
  • Alan Somers Level 6 Level 6 (9,345 points)
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    Apr 2, 2010 8:46 PM (in response to ddt460)
    I played around with one of the raw sample files I grabbed fro a link on Vimeo and I was able to use the ffmpeg command line application to rewrap the video into MP4 without transcoding. It imported into iMovie 7.1.4 just fine (I don't have iMovie '09) and I was able to edit and export.
    15" MacBook Pro, Core Duo, 2.0 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5), 2 GB RAM, 100 GB 5400 RPM HD
  • Alan Somers Level 6 Level 6 (9,345 points)
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    Apr 3, 2010 8:33 PM (in response to ddt460)
    I created an Automator workflow to make it a simple drag-and-drop process. You can get it from my MobileMe public folder (http://public.me.com/catservant) and it's named Rewrap2M4V.app.

    It requires you to get the ClipGrab application (http://clipgrab.de/download_en.html) because it uses the copy of ffmpeg embedded in ClipGrab's application bundle (it's the only up-to-date compiled copy I could find reasonably easily). ClipGrab must be installed in the /Applications folder in order for the workflow to work; the workflow itself can be installed anywhere.

    Then, just drag and drop the .m2ts or .mts files onto Rewrap2M4V.app. The converted files will have the same name with a .m4v extension appended.
    15" MacBook Pro, Core Duo, 2.0 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5), 2 GB RAM, 100 GB 5400 RPM HD
  • tt1729 Calculating status...
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    Apr 5, 2010 11:10 PM (in response to Alan Somers)
    Alan, this is fantastic! Thanks. It even works on the AVCHD streams from my Canon HF-100. This is almost as good as if QT supported this MPEG2 transport natively. Now I can keep the raw AVCHD files around and just import as needed. It also beats using the slow iMovie archive feature.

    I actually had the same idea earlier, but I couldn't get it to work. Would you mind sharing with us which options ffmpeg needs for this? Thanks.
    MBP 2006, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Peter Fal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 5, 2010 11:11 PM (in response to Alan Somers)
    Alan,

    Very nice work flow package. Works well and keeps 60 fps.
    Resulting files look good.

    Thanks
    MacPro 2.8 RAID, G4 1.42DP, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Alan McDonley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 6, 2010 6:01 AM (in response to tt1729)
    tt1729 wrote:
    Would you mind sharing with us which options ffmpeg needs for this?
    iMac Core i5 27", Mac OS X (10.6.3)
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