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Old Jul 28, 2008, 01:45 PM   #1
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HD Camera to Apple TV

So I just bought a Canon HF100 which I am happy with so far expect that it records in M2TS format which I really can't find anything to edit with so far. At first I was thinking since its MPEG-4 I could just go right from the camera to the appleTV, but I was obviously wrong.

Right now I have to output an MPEG-2 (loss of quality), and then run it through handbrake to get something to play on my TV

So I have 2 questions:

1. Is there an easier way to do this?


2. I have another video editor that I was hacking up the MPEG-2 files in, it has a few options to output the video in MPEG-4 (mp4). I can get this files to play in Itunes, but they are not recognized on teh AppleTV.

Did I miss something here? What specific settings do I need in order to create an MP4 file to get it to play? I have some DVDs that Handbrake keeps crapping out on, so it would be nice to have another tool to fall back on.

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Old Jul 28, 2008, 10:45 PM   #2
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So I just bought a Canon HF100 which I am happy with so far expect that it records in M2TS format which I really can't find anything to edit with so far. At first I was thinking since its MPEG-4 I could just go right from the camera to the appleTV, but I was obviously wrong.

Right now I have to output an MPEG-2 (loss of quality), and then run it through handbrake to get something to play on my TV

So I have 2 questions:

1. Is there an easier way to do this?


2. I have another video editor that I was hacking up the MPEG-2 files in, it has a few options to output the video in MPEG-4 (mp4). I can get this files to play in Itunes, but they are not recognized on teh AppleTV.

Did I miss something here? What specific settings do I need in order to create an MP4 file to get it to play? I have some DVDs that Handbrake keeps crapping out on, so it would be nice to have another tool to fall back on.

Thanks
Why not just use iMovie, and export to iTunes, and access it on your AppleTV via iTunes?
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Old Jul 29, 2008, 07:59 AM   #3
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Why not just use iMovie, and export to iTunes, and access it on your AppleTV via iTunes?
I have a Canon HF100 and this method is the easiest. Or you can use Final Cut Pro and Compressor if you have them. Another transcoding program that people love is Visual Hub, but I am not sure it works with AVCHD.

The Canon HF100 uses AVCHD which is not natively supported by Macs at all (for now). iMovie and Final Cut Pro transcode it to Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) or ProRes (Final Cut only).
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Old Jul 29, 2008, 01:53 PM   #4
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Yeah, I forgot to mention the point I don't have a MAC.

I guess thats a reason to finally buy one, I just don't think my wife is going to let me buy anymore toys this year.

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Yeah, I forgot to mention the point I don't have a MAC.

I guess thats a reason to finally buy one, I just don't think my wife is going to let me buy anymore toys this year.

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Yeah, I forgot to mention the point I don't have a MAC.

I guess thats a reason to finally buy one, I just don't think my wife is going to let me buy anymore toys this year.

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That does make it more complicated. As I suggested, I would look into Visual Hub or even MPEG Streamclip. Not sure if either will except AVCHD, but it is worth a shot you don't have that annoying runaround.

PS. get a mac!
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... or wait patiently for the next release of HandBrake.
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Old Jul 30, 2008, 07:26 AM   #8
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what are the rumors on the new release on handbrake?

Is is supposed to handle AVCHD?




tdhurst - Sorry for the semantics with MAC vs. Mac. I'm glad that you felt it necessary to comment on this post to add that valuable piece of information. Thanks for the help..............
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what are the rumors on the new release on handbrake?

Is is supposed to handle AVCHD?
Already does in the svn plus blu-ray (un-encrypted) and well, ... just about any other video format.
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Old Jul 31, 2008, 09:29 AM   #10
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So the camera came with SW that will allow me to burn an AVHCD compatible DVD, however I can't read it on my computer.

I assume I would need a blueray drive to do this.

I will see tonight if Handbrake can convert it from a regular drive.

I'll let you know what happens.

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I will see tonight if Handbrake can convert it from a regular drive.
Likely not. Current releases of HandBrake will only accept mpeg-2 video along with some eyetv type program streams.

... unless your software converts it to mpeg-2, your likely out of luck with HB ... for now.
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dynaflash -

Ok so I think I'm a little confused.

I can burn AVCHD DVDs from my camera. Are you saying Handbrake can or can't convert those?
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well, what I am telling you is that current releases of HB only read mpeg-2 video (standard in commercial dvd's) while AVCHD typically uses h.264 video (much like Blu-Ray does). So without having your camera and trying it, I couldn't tell you. As well, HB could have issues with how your software constructs the dvd (much like it has with iDVD sources).

The next version will be able to read the avchd file directly without the dvd conversion on your end.

Since you have the camera, try one.
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