AVCHD structure organization?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by SKATE4LIFE, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. SKATE4LIFE macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2011
    Okay, before anything i have checked all the internet for this and can't get anything clear.

    My SONY RX100 creates AVCHD files
    I used to just copy the .mts and luckily premiere edited them well

    I have research and i am seeing file structure is essential and i want to have the best quality and flow
    I'm on mac but this is my problem...

    When i film with my camera if i film diferent days and things, its all together in the 'private' folder, how can i separate it and organize it all, any programs?
    I want to have it all by folders with names and dates, i know in the editing program it can be reorganized, but its not so practical for hundreds of clips diferent projects and if i need to just get a clip or use another program its all messy in finder

    i have checked out
    http://www.divergentmedia.com/clipwrap - i don't want this
    http://www.vector15.com/silentsifter/ - its loosing info
    http://www.videohelp.com/tools/multiAVCHD - need crossover
  2. profwilliams macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2009
    As I learned years ago, and I tell my students daily: DO NOT MESS WITH THE CARD STRUCTURE.

    Don't go digging into files that you don't understand. Never. Period.

    In your NLE, you simply navigate to the private folder and the NLE will magically (no really, it's magic) open your video/audio files.

    I believe a camera shooting AVCHD still carries the metadata regarding shoot days (if you set it on you camera), BUT you have to navigate to the folder first in the NLE.

    You cannot possibly understand how those folders are structured in the card-- and you're not supposed to. Leave them alone and do everything from your NLE.

    This will work w/o a problem in Premiere Pro (cs6, cc, cc 2014), FCPX, Avid (via AMA). Not sure about OLD FCP, perhaps with a log and transfer from your camera manufacture. But really, why would anyone be using Legacy FCP unless they were being paid.
  3. coldsweat macrumors 6502


    Aug 18, 2009
    Grimsby, UK
    Completely agree with this - AVCHD is designed to be imported straight into the NLE from the camera, that way the NLE can automatically re-stitch file breaks etc.

    If you really want to just take the files directly from the camera & organise them yourself without importing them into an NLE first, you'll need to re-wrap the video container file using something like ClipWrap (although for some reason you've ruled that out already!). Once re-wraped you can then put the files into your own folder structure & manually organise them yourself!
  4. Unami macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    you can navigate your private-folder (and subfolders) by righ-click > show package contents (or option-right-click). but as the other posters mentioned: don't mess with the avchd file-structure, unless you have to. just copy the "private" folder to your hd.

    i seperate different scenes by using different cards.

    sometimes, for archiving purposes, i copy cards (in-camera, but this should also work externally) and then delete the unwanted files on my camera and archive only the "private" folder with the clips i need. it's a pita.

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