I'm new to Apple computers, but I do know what I'm talking about video-editing wise.
I have a whole load of AVCHD material (home family video). With this new MacBook (Xmas present) I wanted to start editing. In the store I was given to understand that importing single MTS or M2TS or HDV files was "not a problem at all".
Now we all know, and I know, that that is not the fact.
Let me tell you first, that I am aware that my material is of questionable quality, I didn't know how to better set the camera. Recording 1920x1080 INTERLACED was stupid, I know that today. Because that is a thing of the past. Now I do have that material and want to work with it. Got to somehow, cannot recreate a honeymoon or my sons first steps.
Here's what I tried:
Using ClipWrap to convert to Apple Intermediate Codec
Not a good solution. For once, the resolution is lowered to 1888x1062. According to the forums, this has to do with overscan.
I think that's bad product design. My HD TV does not have any overscan, overscan is a thing of the past. Further, when I export such a clip to 1920x1080 HD, it is strechted back to that size, so a lot of pixels and unsharpening occur.
Also, the image quality of the movie in the Intermediate format seems to have suffered contrast. A lot of it.
In short, ClipWrap is unacceptable.
Using a different conversion tool.
First thing I found was the Pavtube converter. It let's me specify the desired resolution of 1920x1080, very good. But, alas, colors are much brighter, very much thicker contrast. Can't work with that, either. I'd even gulp down a file grown from 200 MB to almost one GB.
But I cannot work with those colors.
Next thing I'm going to try
is using TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works 5 to convert my crap to a usable MP4 format, which I still have to figure out. But I do have a little waterproof Sony camera which records MP4, and those files are NOT converted on import to iMovie.
So there's hope.
If anybody has some advice, I will be very happy to test it.