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Lisa Koza
AVCHD .M2TS Clipwrap
on Feb 25, 2012 at 1:19:21 am

Hi, I have FCP 7, editing on a macbook pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 4 gig mem, Snow Leopard 10.6.8, and 4 hours of footage in AVCHD m2ts. I bought Clipwrap, have the latest one. My edit is in HDV, and I've been trying to output from Clipwrap in HDV....but it's taking forever!

I'm here wondering if there's a faster way, or is that just how it goes? I left 1.31 hours of footage working over night, and it wasn't done when I woke up. Sounds wrong to me. Any hints, tips and other offers?

Oh, also, I tried just wrapping it, but it won't play in FCP. Audio comes out in time, but footage just jumps sloooow.

Thanks,
Lisa


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Shane Ross
Re: AVCHD .M2TS Clipwrap
on Feb 25, 2012 at 1:21:35 am

Don't convert to HDV...convert to ProRes. Edit in a ProRes sequence. If you are mixing with HDV footage, HDV in a ProRes sequence will be just fine. Better than in an HDV sequence actually.

Shane
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Lisa Koza
Re: AVCHD .M2TS Clipwrap
on Feb 25, 2012 at 1:32:55 am

Hi Shane,

Yes, I am editing in HDV. It was a 4 camera shoot at a concert, 2 cams HDV codecs, and then two other Sony's in AVCHD. I just tried a small sample in ProRes HQ from Clipwrap and it's jumpy still, and, I get that red render line in my HDV Sequence when adding the ProRes, as well as a ProRes Sequence, with HDV....red lining. I prefer to convert to HDV, but I guess you're saying that's why it's taking me so long....because I'm going out to HDV? Ugh, thought this would be simpler. :-)


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Lisa Koza
Re: AVCHD .M2TS Clipwrap
on Feb 25, 2012 at 1:56:24 am

46 Second AVCHD clip took 8 mins ProRes HQ output from Clipwrap. Same clip HDV output took 13 mins. HDV plays fine though in FCP, not jumpy. I guess I just have to endure the wait?


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Shane Ross
Re: AVCHD .M2TS Clipwrap
on Feb 25, 2012 at 3:26:59 am

Two other cams are HDV, and you need to master to HDV. Well, seems like there's only one choice then...

Shane
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Steve Eisen
Re: AVCHD .M2TS Clipwrap
on Feb 25, 2012 at 2:11:41 am

[Lisa Koza] "I just tried a small sample in ProRes HQ from Clipwrap and it's jumpy still"

ProRes HQ is overkill for your MBP and will slow it to a crawl. Use ProRes or ProRes LT.

Fast hard drives (RAID) also make a difference in playback performance.

I would suggest convert everything to ProRes. HDV is very taxiing on your MBP especially using multicam.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group


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Lisa Koza
Re: AVCHD .M2TS Clipwrap
on Feb 27, 2012 at 8:59:29 pm

Thank you both for your input. I couldn't stand the super long conversion to HDV in clipwrap, so I did go with ProRes LT. It still took 5 hours for an hour and half of footage, but it was better than 24!

Now I need to re-digitize my other tapes and just edit in ProRes. Hopefully I'll be able to deliver in that as well. thanks :)

Lisa


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Ionescu Georgian
Re: AVCHD .M2TS Clipwrap
on Oct 29, 2012 at 12:12:55 am

I went with ProRes LT the moment I found out what this .m2ts file extension was all about.
I suggest you always search for what a .m2ts does before you try to do anything with it and then get the appropriate program for your cam. I got my documentation from http://www.dotwhat.net and also the recommended ProRes LT for my cam.


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