How do you import AVCHD video into Photos for Mac?

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  1. MrMister111 macrumors 68020

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    I have a panasonic TZ40 camera that records video in AVCHD. How can I import this into Photos, as it says "no files to import" when I drag and drop the folder into Photos for Mac.

    I've tried the AVCHD file and the folder but both the same.

    If you can't whats the best way please
    thanks
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    I always hear Clipwrap mentioned when folks ask about importing AVCHD.
    You will want to use iMovie, or some other actual video editing software, not likely Photos will import AVCHD videos directly. iPhoto would not, so I don't expect Photos to be much better for importing.
     
  3. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    iPhoto you used to be able to directly import AVCHD. I know Photos (daft name! as videos can be used to), is a new product, but they be stripped so many features away that were used. Numerous Mac users would have used iPhoto and now been almost forced to use Photos and not just lost features, but confusion because of this
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    As I suggested - try ClipWrap.
    Don't know if that will help with getting a usable video into Photos, but certainly will get you a video clip in a format that you can use in a video editing app of your choice.
     
  5. Rodan52 macrumors regular

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    You can use HandBrake (free) to convert them to MP4. Really Photos is no longer the "go to" app for movies, since the loss of Aperture we are stuck with iMovie.
    I actually find iTunes more useable for home movies.
     
  6. Novim macrumors newbie

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  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    I have a Sony that uses AVCHD also. Photos imports them fine, just won't delete them. Have to manually do that from the camera.

    I've never tried drag 'n dropping. I plug the camera in and use the Import button in Photos.
     
  8. MrMister111 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I forgot to say sorry I have a video converter that work, iVi, converts from AVCHD to mp4, it's just I didn't want to yet as may edit later.
    This is the confusion.... Is it Photos for videos or not, if not is it iMovie for organising, tagging etc? never used iMovie yet really, but does it have these features in? GPS, tagging with comments etc? Also I have iCloud photo library so was safe in knowledge that they would be backed up.
    I have iVi for converting, it's just I'm unsure really of the workflow, where should home videos be stored, which app?
    Wonder why mine doesn't. I haven't yet tried direct from the camera as what I normally do is copy the whole SD card to a backup disk to import later. I know you have to keep the (daft) file structure, but I have...?
     
  9. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Each manufacturer will have different ideas about the features that may be provided. Sony apparently allows what you want - and by your experience, Panasonic does not provide for drag and drop import of AVCHD files, at least for the work flow that you prefer using. From what I read, you may find that importing direct from the camera works.
     

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