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Bruce Cooke
Difficulty "logging and transferring "AVCHD footage into FCP7
on Feb 3, 2015 at 12:38:05 am

I apologize if this is a stupid question. I'm having problems getting AVCHD footage into FCP7. In the past, I used "log and capture" to capture footage from tape - no problem. I've also used "log and transfer" to capture media on P-2 cards successfully.

I'm now using "log and transfer" for AVCHD footage for the first time. The footage was shot on a Panasonic AG-AC90 camera and recorded to a SDHC card. When I put the SD card in the Mac it appears on the desktop, I believe as "Camera_SD." In FCP, when I open "log and capture" the clips appear as expected in the logging window. However, there appears to be no media with them. Their durations read 00:00:00:00. Nor is there an image. My understanding is that the files should be converted to Pro Res during this process. I have set my preferences to Pro Res Lite.

I'm stuck, so I would appreciate anyone's help with this. This is the first time I've worked with AVCHD footage. Thanks.

Bruce

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Shane Ross
Re: Difficulty "logging and transferring "AVCHD footage into FCP7
on Feb 3, 2015 at 12:57:35 am

What OS are you running? And I wonder when that camera came out...because AVCHD formats between camera makers always differ slightly...are always being updated or changed. And FCP 7 was discontinued nearly 4 years ago...so if this camera came out after that, then FCP 7 wouldn't have support for that camera.

In cases where FCP cannot import the footage, I recommend ClipWrap2 from divergentmedia.com. Use it to convert the footage to ProRes LT. It's always up to date with current camera tech, and is designed specifically for AVCHD.

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Bruce Cooke
Re: Difficulty "logging and transferring "AVCHD footage into FCP7
on Feb 4, 2015 at 4:56:05 am

Shane,

Thanks for your advice. We're using OS 10.7.5, so I can use ClipWrap2. I'll try the demo. The footage was shot on a Panasonic AG-AC90, which I believe came out a year and a half ago. I didn't realize there was such variation of formats within ACVHD. I knew the footage needed to be converted to Pro Res to work with.

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. I've been at this for awhile. I started editing 35/16mm film on a flatbed transitioned to linear video editing, off and on-line. Then moved to non-linear, from the earliest systems on, shooting on Beta and Digital-beta then moved to Hi Def, P-2 cards and now SD cards.

Thanks again for your help.

Bruce Cooke


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