Does nobody run into this problem? What format do your cameras record in, if not AVCHD? I haven't seen a camera recording to a different format in years, hence am a little surprised about the lack of responses to my original question. Could anybody explain? Thanks!
I take them into Avid and copy the entire file over into a timeline. I then go into the export menu and tell it to export for MPEG-4. On the version of AVID I'm using, there is an option for almost every filetype. I can even export it straight to the internet.
I know it's a kind of roundabout way to do it. But it's the only way I have found it to work on a PC. I'm not sure about Macs.