1.8 SSD MBA. need help with AVCHD and canon HF100

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by matthewHUB, May 29, 2008.

  1. matthewHUB macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys,

    So i offered my help to a friend who got given a canon HF100 as a gift but she doesn't have an intel Mac. I told her i could make a dvd of the 1 hour of stuff she wants to record this weekend.

    My question is... will my MBA be capable of importing? I gather i just drag and drop the files from the SD card, and then put it into iMovie. This takes real time to import on a mac pro so i'm not expecting it to be quick... but it will do it eventually right? Then all i need to do is clean up the beginning/end an burn it to a dvd using my external superdrive.

    I know my machine isn't meant to do this but it's only a 1 off thing. will it work ok?

    M
     
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  3. Scott6666 macrumors 65816

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  4. duffyanneal macrumors 6502a

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    Let us know how it goes. From what I've read online working with AVCHD files pretty much chokes desktop machines. :(
     
  5. berkleeboy210 macrumors 68000

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    While I don't have a MBA (yet, I will in a couple weeks) My Current MacBook Handles AVCHD Just fine. I used iMovie with a Canon HG10, and it imported edited, exported to youtube without a hitch.

    It might be a tad slower on the macbook air, but my macbook has an older integrated video card (whatever the model was before the 3100) and it works fine.

    So I would guess you wouldn't have a problem
     
  6. duffyanneal macrumors 6502a

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    Have you tried exporting to an HD format? I have heard some computers taking 30+ hours to create a 30 - 60 minute HD video. I am interested in an HF100 myself, but I'm going to skip it for a while if it is that CPU intensive.
     
  7. dequina macrumors newbie

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    I currently have a 1.8 Macbook Air, of course 80 Gig. And I have a Sony HDR-CX7 and have used imovie and Final Cut Express (Final Cut Pro can't be used on Macbook Air) to import my iMovie events with no problems. Of course, with a 8 Gig file on a Memory Stick, its going to take about 1-1/2 or so to import the footage to your hard drive. After importing the footage and doing some editing on iMovie, I import both the iMovie Event and the iMovie Project folder to my "Time Capsule" and have it saved there. Since, having the footage stored on my Macbook Air, takes up alot of space, this is a better resolution. If you don't have time to wait for the footage to digitize your footage to your Macbook Air, just import the AVCHD file from your camera's hard drive or memory stick straight to your hard drive of your Macbook Air. And then download this program, "VoltaicHD"...http://shedworx.com/?q=volmac-home.... This program will convert your AVCHD files so iMovie and Final Cut Express can recognize it.
     

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