iMovie should be able to handle many of these files. Apple has several articles about importing AVCHD video from the camcorder, for example: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3634
If you only have the disc, then two options are to use a video screen capture tool like SnapZ Pro or convert the AVCHD video files on the disc using something like Roxio Toast. Other ideas:
Some AVCHD Sony camcorders also record the video in mpeg-2 format, and these files can be converted using MPEG Streamclip and other products. For example: http://www.geniusdv.com/news_and_tutorials/2010/10/sd_avchd_in_final_cut_pro_usi ng_mpeg_streamclip.php
Quit from the DVD Player and look at the files. If you post the file extensions, that will help determine which process to use for file conversion.
Hello J Keller, how do I find these file extensions??
I'm wondering whether when I filmed the files on the camcorder the poor definition of the videos is the result of me filiming mpeg2 instead of AVCHD ??
Maybe I pressed the wrong button on the camcorder
In looking at various articles, some of the Sonys save a video in two formats so it is possible the AVCHD video is still there. After you've quit the DVD Player, double-click the disc icon on the desktop and you'll see a Video_TS folder (probably). The mpeg-2 files should be inside there, and I'm guessing the AVCHD files will be in a different folder. Here's how Sony says to look in the Private folder to extract the AVCHD video on their hard drive camcorders (I'm assuming they use a similar file structure on their DVDs):
If the files are AVCHD format, they should have an .mts or .m2ts file extension.
I looked at the files again last night and noticed the following:
When I go into the located folder entitled Video_TS there was no Audio_TS to accompany it.
When I clicked on Video_TS folder, all the sub folders end with .enc and .img. It also says the format is PAL.
And I still can't save it from the disc onto my desktop
Any more ideas?
I even tried downloading SnapZ in the hope that it could capture the playing video files, but I couldn't work out how to use it?
I did notice that when you play the DVD using DVD Player there is an option 'create a video file' on one of the tabs that lets you create a video at a 'start point' and with an 'end point' and offers 'save' but i dont know where it saves it to??
>I even tried downloading SnapZ in the hope that it could capture the playing video files, but I couldn't work out how to use it?<
A couple of things:
You will need the latest version of SnapzPro X that just came out. Earlier versions don't work well with Mavericks.
Try playing back your content with the latest VLC Media Player application
Thank F Shippey.
This was the latest version of SnapPro Z and maybe I was using the wrong tools. I was hoping that SnapZ would allow me to save the content of the DVD as it played through the iMac DVD Player. I suppose that was a stupid thought on my behalf!
In the end, I put in the DVD, found the directories and copied the VOB files over to my desktop. I then dragged and dropped these into Wondershare (because iMovie wouldnt recognise them) and edited them into mp4 files which could be played by Quicktime player Phew!
SnapzPro X can not longer capture images from the Apple DVD Player application. Try playing the DVD with the VLC Media Player application and then use SnapzPro X.
(... but your approach probably gave you better image quality.)
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