5 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2012 4:15 PM by Alchroma
kevinfrombridgewater Level 1 (0 points)

I'm using FCE 4.01 to edit video shot with two Sony AVCHD cameras; my HDR-CX500 and a borrowed HDR-CX550.


The cameras appear to be similar except the 550 uses a hard drive for storage. The 500 is flash memory. Each is connected to my iMac via USB.


I used the FCE log&transfer utility to ingest the MTS files on my HDR-CX500 into the project, no problem. The media clips on the 500 showed up automatically in the L&T window.


The clips on the HDR-CX550 however, do not show up in the L&T window. These are the things I've tried:


- Verified that the 550 is USB connected. It shows on the desktop and I can view files on the camera in Finder.

- Used the 'Add Folder' button on L&T and browsed to the AVCHD folder on the 550. Got an error, '"AVCHD" contains unsupported media or has an invalid directory structure. Please choose a folder whose directory structure matches supported media'. I get the same error if I do the same thing on the 500 camera.

- Trashed FCE preferences. Previously the 'Easy Setup' dialog box just had the 'AVCHD-Apple Intermediate Codec 1440*1080i60'. Now it also shows the '1920*1080i60'.

- Waited for hours...one post said that if there are a lot of clips it might take a while. There are a lot of clips on the 550 so I left it for hours...nothing happened.


Other info:

- I'm an amateur

- I'd prefer not to mess with the existing files on the borrowed 550

- There are a couple of existing STD clips on the 550. They are in the MP_ROOT\101PNV01 folder with mpg extensions.

- I just created a STD clip on the 500. L&T still works.

- There are many jpg files on the 550. They are in the DCIM\101MSDCF folder. There are jpg files on the 500 too.

- The clips we shot on the 550 are 1920*1080

- The clips we shot on the 500 are 1440*1080

- The clips in the 500 appear in the L&T window even if the Easy Setup is set to 1920*1080


Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Final Cut Pro X, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Final Cut Express
  • Alchroma Level 6 (18,265 points)

    Did the 550 shoot with 1080p mode?


    If so, this is the first place to look, 1080p won't work unless it's transcoded to the specs of an FCE Easy Setup.



  • kevinfrombridgewater Level 1 (0 points)

    The video that we shot on the 550 was HD/FH which according to the Sony 550 manual is 1920*1080/60i. I'm not sure about other clips that were already on the borowed camera.

  • Alchroma Level 6 (18,265 points)

    Mixed media on the storage device has been a problem with some cameras/cards.


    Try copying the files that are 1080i to another card or storage device.



  • MarcLuxembourg Level 1 (0 points)

    I had this probleme this morning and now know (probably) why:

    I have managed my films not on the camera (Sony 550) but on my mac (by deleting most of the "sequences")

    The camera does not like that:

    Make a copy of all to your hard-disk, Reset the cam, delete everything on the cam....reconnect with the Apple via USB and it functiones again (was a problem of "invalid directory structure)

    The old "saved sequences" cannot be directly imported to Final cut, but can be converted by the toast titanium ...

    A lot of time wasted....but at least it functions now again......


  • Alchroma Level 6 (18,265 points)

    Thanks fo responding with your findings.


    Good point regarding the management of the cards and how the file structure can become not useable by a device.

    It's always wise policy to use the device that the card works with to format/erase cards.