iMovie with AVCHD creating HUGE .mov files

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by ben2e, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. ben2e macrumors member

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    I've got a canon HF100 (I think that's correct) it's an AVCHD recorder. I'm curious what system people use for storage and archival of the video. When I download the video, I get huge .mov files. I'd prefer to be able to download and edit the raw video content and perhaps convert any finished product I make into mp4, mp2 etc. But I do want to keep my original stuff after perhaps editing out useless stuff (left the camcorder recording while it was sitting on the table etc.) Something similar to what I do in lightroom where I keep the raw images and export to jpg when I'm satisfied.

    Can someone recommend a video editing (and perhaps organizing). I saw Adobe had a pro package for $800 but that's a bit steep. I don't need anything sophisticated. I'm not even dissatisfied with iMovie's features other than it's system of download and storage.

    Ben
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    All the editing apps for the Mac, AFAIK, transcode AVCHD into a different format because the codec is so CPU intensive.


    Lethal
     
  3. Courtaj macrumors 6502a

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    As far as storage / archival of the original clips goes, if you do a thorough search of this forum under the model number of your camcorder you should find a thread or two explaining the benefits of using a disk image to store the contents of each memory card you fill up.

    Andrew.
     

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