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

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 Level 6

    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 Level 1

    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 Level 6

    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 Level 1

    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 Level 6

    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.