Why no AVCHD on iMovie?

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  1. act1980 macrumors regular

    act1980

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    I have a Panasonic camcorder and in order to upload my footage to my Mac I have to first convert the files into a format that iMovie recognises.

    I personally think this is ridiculous. What are the chances of a software update with this capability?

    Come on Apple, you can do better than this!!!!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Maybe iLife '13 will have that feature, but Final Cut Pro X will be able to do it.
    The reason why it wasn't available, was the stress playing such highly compressed format inside an editing application is on the CPU, as AVCHD is not an editing codec.
     
  3. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Exactly what simsaladimbamba said. Anyway, if you convert it to a lossless format (eg w/ MPEGStreamclip) you wont lose any quality at all.
     
  4. act1980 thread starter macrumors regular

    act1980

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    Does anyone have any good conversion freeware they would recommend?

    What formats can I convert to where I won't lose quality?

    Thanks.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    MPEG Streamclip
    .mov (QuickTime) container with Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) for video & Uncompressed for Sound

    But iMovie does the same if you import the footage from an AVCHD camcorder.
     
  6. act1980 thread starter macrumors regular

    act1980

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    Thanks!

    iMovie wont let me import the footage. It won't recognise it :(
     
  7. act1980 thread starter macrumors regular

    act1980

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    Also, I know I can record in iFrame which is a format iMovie recognises. Anyone know if the quality is reduced though?

    Thanks!
     

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