AVCHD Editing Canon HF10

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by ceraz, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. ceraz macrumors member

    Apr 1, 2008
    I have a Canon HF10 like a few people on this forum and was wondering about your experience with exporting your end-result. I am importing FXP footage with iMovie 08 as 1080i. iMovie does indicate a warning for HD playback during import but I think this is based on the MacMini model I have rather that my personal upgrade to 2GB RAM, 2.16GHZ Core 2 Duo, Leopard.

    I would like to create two outputs:
    1) For best playback on the Apple TV
    2) Best quality for storage

    1) I find the default iMovie export for AppleTV very diaspointing so I tried export to MP4 via Quicktime by setting framerate to current, 5120kps, AAC audio, etc. and still get missing frames on the AppleTV but not on the Mac. Anybody willing to post there exact settings or recommend an alternative editor?

    2) For storing the movie for best quality, I am dissapointed that the Mac codec AIC does not support Full HD, so I just copy the contents of the HF10 to my hardrive for future editing until Apple is ready (see also http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=514751). I must admit that playback from the HF10 directly to my Full HD TV is stunning compared to playback on the imported footage, there seems to be a huge loss during import by using AIC format.
  2. dandipaola macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2008
    HF10 DroppedFrames

    I am having problems w/dropped frames and uncontrollable interlacing issues. Is this from iMovie? What application can read the proper frame rates on a laptop? I already know what Canon will say .... Do I need a PC? I realize iMovie is barely a step above consumer. Does anyone have a solution?
  3. Mit59 macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2008
    OK, I'm new and I'm also a new HF-100 user but here goes. I'm sure a seasoned pro will jump on me if I get it wrong...

    Firstly, I believe AIC DOES support full HD, at least full resolution (1920x1080). On the import screen when I connect my camera or card-reader it asks: Import 1080i video as: and I select "Full - 1920x1080".
    If I look at the imported files in the iMove Event library (using finder, not iMovie) I see full HD (and large :-() files. Am I missing something in your question?

    What do you find disappointing about the built-in Apple TV export? I used it today for some 30P footage of my GrandSon visiting a childrens museum and it is pretty good for non-HD. I see minor stair-stepping on diagonal lines (interlacing ?) but only when I pixel-peep.

    I also have Visualhub (strong recommendation) which will take the AIC files iMovie produces on importing your AVCHD files and convert them for a multitude of devices (DVD, Apple TV, iPod, iPhone, PSP etc etc) and formats (flash, DV, WMV, MP4). On my AppleTV I prefer the Visualhub files but that might be because I chose a high quality setting... who knows what iMovie settings are.

    Finally, as an ultimate backup, I am archiving the entire AVCHD card image as described in the link you mentioned (deleting any bad clips in-camera beforehand). It's a tedious extra step but better than keeping the huge converted AIC files.

    I hope this helps.


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