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AVCHD - how should I extract separate clips?

3863 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 15, 2013 11:27 AM by Kenneth Nielsen RSS
Kenneth Nielsen Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)
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Feb 14, 2013 10:20 PM

My first go around with AVCHD which I know nothing about except that after buying a nice new Sony video camera I have as a result on my first try-out, a single file called AVCHD even though I took several separate clips. When I click on that file on my computer, it opens up and shows thumbnails of each of the separate clips. When I click on one of the clips it opens in Quicktime and from there I can export the file to save it as a separate clip on my computer.


Is there an easier way to batch save the separate clips or do I need to go through this process of opening each one separately in Quicktime and exporting it in order to save it?


Any information on how I should approach working with this AVCHD format would also be greatly appreciated.






MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion, 8G RAM
  • Meg The Dog Level 6 Level 6 (9,370 points)
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    Feb 14, 2013 11:27 PM (in response to Kenneth Nielsen)

    You will connect your camera, launch FCP-7, and use Log and Transfer (not Log and Capture) which can be found under the File menu.


    This will allow you to choose the clips you want to ingest.


    You can read the FCP documentation for Working with AVCHD material here.



  • Shane Ross Level 8 Level 8 (41,655 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 10:53 AM (in response to Kenneth Nielsen) is FAR more complex than still photography. And it makes it worse when we have to deal with camera manufacturers that make dozens of different recording formats.  Ready for this?


    Tape (HD):





    XDCAM (disks)



    Tape (SD):

    Digibeta, Betacam SP, Betacam SX



    Umatic (3/4")


    Now...onto tapeless.

    P2 MXF (DVCPRO HD and AVCIntra)


    AVCHD (about 8 different types of this)

    H.264 (a few types from different DSLRs)


    Alexa (DNxHD or ProRes)

    Canon XF

    HDV (there is a tapeless format of this)




    HDCAM Native


    And those are the professional formats. Then there are phone video formats and small point and shoot formats.  And there are all sorts of different file structures and separate files that tie together to make the media and metadata work together. There is no simple drag and drop of files.  Each format has a different file structure, and different support files. Different recording it .MTS, Quicktime, RED RAW, MP4, MXF...the list goes on.


    There is no standard.


    I have a tutorial on the process for tapeless in FCP...


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