Editing AVCHD Video

Started Dec 21, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Editing AVCHD Video
In reply to Ianperegian, Dec 23, 2012

Ianperegian wrote:

For Apple Macs, there are several totally free software programs that can rewrap the ".mts" files in the STREAM folder of the AVCHD files to m4v or mov files.

These include:
Media Converter: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/37459/media-converter
Remux: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/35968/remux
RewrapAVCHD: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/39800/rewrapavchd

This rewrapping doesn't involve any re-encoding so it is almost instant. The m4v or mov files can then be be directly imported into iMovie.

This applies to the highest resolution 1080/60p video (1920 x 1080, 60 fps progressive) or 1080/50p from the recent Panasonic cameras.

For direct playback of the m4v files (or even the mts files directly) on a Mac, I have found the best player is Movist, which is free. On my early 2008 iMac, these 1080/60p files play completely smoothly with Movist, without any stuttering.

Ian

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Playing 1080 50p Panny videos is not a problem - windows media will play them fine.

The issue I was referring to was editing.

For Windows PCs a very fast 'wrapper' and/or converter is Vidcoder (a hack of Handbrake) which allows the files to be converted to mpg or 'wrapped' as MKV - both of which playback fine on PCs and also with Media Players on TVs.

Vidcoder has the advantage over Handbrake that you can also greatly reduce the file size (desired output size is user controlled) without losing too much of the quality.

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