MTS video problems

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by sp09, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. sp09 macrumors newbie

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    Hey
    I recently got a hold of my bands footage from our last gig to edit it and put onto dvds with graphics and such. It was recorded on a Panasonic HD camera with SD cards and the videos are MTS files. I tried converting them to AVI but the picture quality was lost and looks much worse that the original files. I guess I have 2 questions
    1) Can I load and edit MTS files in Final Cut?
    2) Is there a converting method that will keep the picture quality?

    Thanks
    Paul-Mark
     
  2. VideoCave macrumors member

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    First an AVI file is for a PC not a mac. You want to convert the files to an .mov using ProRes422 codec.

    Second, there might be a plugin for FCP to where you can just drop the MTS file directly in the timeline and edit as normal. I know/and use one for the MXF file format and don't need to waist HD space by converting to an MOV first.

    Look on Canon's website, they might have a stand-alone converter app where you can batch convert multiple files if there is no plugin available.
     
  3. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Which version of Final Cut are you using?

    If you're using FCP 6 or 7, this conversion is normally done with the Log and Transfer tool. However, it won't read the MTS files if they're not in the folder/image structure of the original SD card. On a Mac, you would otherwise have to use an application like VoltaicHD to convert these files to a codec like ProRes - and it's painfully slow.

    For future reference, you can actually use Disk Utility in OS X to create disk images (.dmg) for the cards on a hard drive prior to reusing them. L&T will read from these disk images just as it would from the camera.


    AFAIK, no plugin exists for that.
     
  4. sp09 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I do have the SD cards. How would I do this from Disk Utility?
     
  5. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    You copy the whole file structure from the SD card to your harddrive, then point Log & Capture to that copy and let it do its thing.
     
  6. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Open Disk Utility, select the SD card from the list, and then click the "New Image" button near the top of the window. Under the Image Format pull-down, select "read only" and select "none" under the Encryption pulldown. Then, navigate to the location you want to save the image and click Save.

    Easy. ;)


    You still didn't specify which version of FCP you're using though. If it's version 6 or 7, you'd ingest the SD cards or disk images using Log and Transfer (Cmd+Shift+8 is the shortcut).
     
  7. legreve macrumors regular

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    Too much hazzle advice around here...

    Use ClipWrap... End of story.
     

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