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Ben Edwards
Importing Canon MTS files
on Feb 25, 2011 at 3:50:31 pm

Hi,

I have picked up a job editing together a couple of short interviews. The files were shot on a Canon HG20 and are AVCHD.

I have previously been unable to Import the files into FCP 7 so have ended up using Sony Vegas. Is there a easy way of doing this in FCP 7, I really want to do this project in FCP rather than Vegas.

Ben


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Andrew Wilson
Re: Importing Canon MTS files
on Feb 25, 2011 at 4:04:20 pm

Have you tried converting them to ProRes using MPEG streamclip?

Andrew Wilson
WestView Digital Video & Design
http://www.westviewdigital.com


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Stephen Smith
Re: Importing Canon MTS files
on Feb 25, 2011 at 5:15:34 pm

Are you saying they did not show up in the Log & Transfer window?

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Ben Edwards
Re: Importing Canon MTS files
on Feb 25, 2011 at 5:28:26 pm

Andrew, MPEG streamclip does not recognize the files.

Stephen, L&T complains they are an unknown format.


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Martin Curtis
Re: Importing Canon MTS files
on Feb 25, 2011 at 10:25:13 pm

I'm guessing you've got .mts files on their own and not a card taken from the camera or an image made from that card.

If you do have the files on their own, you'll need to transcode into ProRes codec wrapped in MOV before FCP will want to use it.

ClipWrap is one utility that can do it. $50 and it's yours. Just remember to select the Transcoding option, not just the re-wrapping option.

Voltaic is another. $40 and it's yours. The same people make some other useful utilities as well.

Both have trial versions.


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Andrew Wilson
Re: Importing Canon MTS files
on Feb 26, 2011 at 2:08:36 am

I don't know Vegas at all but since they will open in Vegas can you open them in Vegas and export new files that FCP can work with?

I remember there were days that Final Cut couldn't open files but After Effects could and I would open then in AE and just spit out valid QT files to be used in Final Cut.

Seems like a possibility over spending $40-$50 on transcoding software when you can open them using Vegas.

Andrew Wilson
WestView Digital Video & Design
http://www.westviewdigital.com


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Bernard Newnham
Re: Importing Canon MTS files
on Feb 26, 2011 at 10:29:37 pm

Been there, done that, and had exactly the same problem. The answer is Clipwrap. Works a treat

B

bernie


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