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Lauren Kaiser
Trouble Importing - AVCHD and MTS
on Nov 30, 2017 at 5:22:03 pm

I could really use some help.

I've shot video onto a memory card, I pop the memory card into my computer (using an iMac) and normally what I do is click on the memory card>private>AVCHD. Now typically when I click on AVCHD it brings up thumbnails, I double click the thumbnails, they open in QuickTime and I click file save and I save the files to my computer before importing to premiere and that has worked great for me until today...

Today once I got to the last clip I needed to save it said operation could not be completed. So I went back and this time I did a right click on AVCHD, show package contents, right click on BDMV, Stream. When I do this I see all of the MTS files and the same clip seems to save just fine as a MTS file.

WHY? I'm very confused. I don't know why my normal way didn't work. And to be honest, I don't understand the difference between the two things I tried, what a MTS file really is and how that's different than saving it through quick time? Is there a benefit of doing it one way over the other? If anyone can help me make sense of it I'd appreciate it.

Thanks,
Lauren


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Jon Doughtie
Re: Trouble Importing - AVCHD and MTS
on Nov 30, 2017 at 6:05:19 pm

You don't mention what version of the Adobe suite you are using, but I think you are making this way too hard for yourself.

If you edit using Premiere Pro, simply use the Media Browser within the application to import your footage to your bins. Media Browser is familiar with the storage methods used by various manufacturers, and can go straight to the media without you hunting around at all.

My workflow is to copy the original media with all the original folder and files structure into folders within my project structure and import from there.

MTS stands for MPEG Transport Stream. It is generally MPEG-2 or AVCHD compressed video optimized for delivery over IP (internet protocol). It is popular in many cameras due to small file size relative to overall video quality.

System:
Dell Precision T7600 (x2)
Win 7 64-bit
32GB RAM
Adobe CC 2017.1 (as of 8/2017)
256GB SSD system drive
4 internal media drives RAID 5
Typically cutting short form from UHD MP4, HD MP4, and HD P2 MXF.


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Lauren Kaiser
Re: Trouble Importing - AVCHD and MTS
on Nov 30, 2017 at 7:54:11 pm

The issue isn't really with adobe, it really more about file types and the fact I need to save the files to my computer before working in adobe. The trouble is simply from getting the files from the SD card to the computer itself.

What you said about AVCHD vs. MTS helps a lot though. If I understand correctly, are the MTS files better quality than the AVCHD files?


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