Summary: To get Avid Media Composer working perfectly with AVCHD .mts files, a best way is to convert MTS to DNxHD MOV, something ensuring best results when using .mts files in Avid. Read on to learn details.
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The incompatibility of AVCHD .mts files exists among different camcorder manufacturers. Mostly, the MTS footage captured by Sony Handycam is encoded with H.264/AVC codec which does not work well with video editing software except for few ones. Despite of this, H.264 codec is acknowledged as a universal codec for camcorder videos, especially for HD contents. The advanced compression method of H.264 results in much less storage and the same picture quality comparing with MPEG-4. However, the highly-compressed content are not so friendly for editing software. Then, how to get Avid Media Composer working perfectly with AVCHD MTS footage? A best way is to convert MTS files to DNxHD mov, something ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Avid MC.
If you have problems when using MTS files in Avid Media Composer and want to make a smooth editing, you can read on the article to learn more. Here I will outline how to transcode AVCHD MTS files to DNxHD MOV for smoothly importing and editing in Avid MC.
Converting MTS files to DNxHD MOV for Editing in Avid Media Composer
The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app called Brorosft MTS/M2TS Converter which can be used as a AVCHD MTS to Avid Converter under Windows XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode MTS to DNxHD MOV for Avid, MPEG-2 for Premiere/Vegas, AVI for Pinnacle etc., and it works well and converts flawlessly. If you running a Mac computer, please turn to the alternative Mac version - MTS Converter for Mac. Below is how.
Step 1. Add MTS footage to the MTS to Avid MC Converter.
Once you run it, click "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button to load your source MTS files. When the MTS files are loaded to the MTS to Avid Converter, you can view the videos from the Preview window. Simply select an item and click the “Play” button. When the video is playing, you are allowed to take snapshoot.
Step 2. Choose DNxHD MOV as output format for MTS to Avid MC conversion.
Brorsoft MTS to Avid Converter features two optimized format presets for Avid Media Composer, one is “Avid DNxHD 720p (*.mov)”, and the other is “Avid DNxHD 1080p (*.mov)”. Here we select 1080p for example.
If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like.
Step 3. Convert MTS to DNxHD 1080P MOV for importing to Avid Media Composer.
Click “Convert” button and the selected MTS files will be converted to DNxHD 1080P MOV. You may check the converting progress and set auto shutdown in the conversion window. After conversion, click “Open” folder to find converted footage for importing to Avid Media Composer.
If you want to edit AVCHD MTS files in Prermiere Pro or Vegas Pro, you just need to choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output format in the second step. If you're using a Mac and want to use MTS files in Final Cut Pro, please choose the "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output; for iMovie and FCE, select "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)".
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