AVCHD + G5 Quad + Voltaic = Eternity?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by mcdj, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. mcdj macrumors 604

    mcdj

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    Just got a Sony SR7 HDD camcorder, which shoots in AVCHD. Since I'm on a PPC, iMovie '08 will not import the movies. So I bought Voltaic.

    I imported my very first test video using Voltaic...a whopping 1 min HD extravaganza. The import worked ok, but it took 20 min (!). (I copied the mts file from the cam to my fastest internal drive, and used a dedicated scratch disk for the conversion, so I know the slowdown is not at the camera interface)

    At this rate, a 30min vid would take 10 hours to convert. If I can't get the conversion time down, I need to rethink my Sony purchase.

    Again, I have a G5 Quad 2.5ghz, with 6GB RAM, and 10.4.11.

    Any tips on getting a better conversion time would be much appreciated. Better yet, a workaround to get iMovie to see the files directly would be even better.
     
  2. bimmzy macrumors regular

    bimmzy

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    I'm interested to knowing whether FCP and AVCHD cameras, have the same problem on G5 systems!?
     
  3. 0ctane macrumors newbie

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    From what I understand, FCP and iMovie08 only work with AVCHD content on Intel-based Macs.

    Yes, Voltaic can take a while to convert films, but it works with PPC and Intel Macs, plus you can offload all your films from your camera for conversion later.
     

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