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Sony FS1OO AVCHD Workflow in Avid Media Composer 5/6/HD

Postby lydia622520 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:08 am

Summary: In this article, you will know how to transcode Sony FS100 MTS footage to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer 6/5/HD editing smoothly.

Summary: The article explain why Avid Media Composer can't import MTS footage from Sony FS100 and how to achieve this goal smoothly.


The Sony NEX-FS100 camcorder features 1920x1080P Slow and Quick Motion (Over & Under Cranking). Recording images at a different frame rate from that used for playback provides the extra versatility of slow and quick motion shooting. The NEX-FS100 enables Full HD (1920×1080) progressive slow and quick motion. S&Q shooting plus last scene review permits checking the S&Q effects on-set, immediately after shooting the scene without drilling down menus.

Using FS-100, you can record Full HD. mts clips in 108060/108060p mode. While enjoying the stunning HD image quality, many folks are having problems when they load Sony FS100 AVCHD fotoage to Avid Media Composer 6/6.5/5/HD for editing like this: " I shot footage using the Sony NEX-FS100. When I import the footage into Avid, I found the Media Composer 6.5 cannot handle the AVCHD files well, and some the footage looks washed out and the preview is loggy. Is there anyway to solve the problem? Thanks!"

Well, in fact, it's not an unique problem we've gathered from our customers when transferring 1080 60p/50p AVCHD clips into Avid MC. 1080p50/1080p60 is unsupported in some common editors such as FCP, iMovie and even Avid MC in that it is a very non-standard format, the frame rate is so high and the codec is not friendly to AMC for editing. Plus, AVCHD is not friendly to AMC for editing. On Avid official website, it recommends DNxHD or XDCAM codec for editing, and DNxHD codec is the first choice. So if you want to edit your Sony FS100 MTS files in Avid smoothly, the easy workaround is to transcode MTS to Avid DNxHD MOV in advance. It's a great way to achieve your goal smoothly. For this purose, this article will show you how to transcode Sony NEX-FS100 AVCHD Footage to DNxHD mov in detail.

Converting Sony FS100 AVCHD MTS to DNxHD MOV for Avid MC 5/6/6.5/HD

The quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app called Brorosft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac which can be used as a Sony AVCHD MTS Converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8). It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transfer and ingest FS100 MTS footage to Avid MC for further editing, and it works well and converts flawlessly. Below is how.

Step 1: Intall, and launch the Avid MTS Converter Mac, and then "Add" to load Sony FS100 MTS video files or directly drag the files into file list.


Step 2: Click "Format" bar to choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNXHD (*.mov), this format is best presetted for Avid Media Composer editing.


Tips: Click "Settings" button in the main interface is very useful for you to customize the Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sampling rate, bit rate, channels.

Step 3: After above steps, you can click "Convert" to start to transcode Sony MTS to Avid DNXHD codec for native editing.

After the conversion, click the “Open” button to locate converted files, then load DNxHD .MOV files in AMC. Now you can successfully and easily import Sony NEX-F1700 1080 MTS footage to Avid Media Composer 6/5/6.5/HD for editing with best quality.

Tips: If you have problems when editing your Sony FS100 mts clips on Mac, you can also use Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter to transcode Sony AVCHD to Apple Intermediate Codec, ProRes, MPEG-2, etc. codecs for using in iMovie/FCE, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro with best results. If you have no idea about the workflow, please refer to the following guides and tips:

Sony FS100 and Final Cut Pro Workflow
Sony FS100 to Premiere Pro
Sony AVCHD Workflow in iMovie

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Source: How to Convert Sony FS100 AVCHD to Avid Studio files
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