Yay!! Apple add AVCHD support to iPhoto!! Perfect for NEX !

Started Jun 12, 2012 | Discussions
DarrenKell Junior Member • Posts: 48
Yay!! Apple add AVCHD support to iPhoto!! Perfect for NEX !

I have avoided Sony products for a few years (since I became an iMac and iPhoto user) due to the lack of compatibility with AVCHD.

Apple release an update today to iPhoto that specifically adds AVCHD support to iPhoto! Just what I have been looking for !!!

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TheNorb
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Re: Yay!! Apple add AVCHD support to iPhoto!! Perfect for NEX !

An update which unfortunately doesn't work for me:

Trying to import my AVCHD videos into the updated Aperture and all that happened was that a "There was an error" box popped up.

OP DarrenKell Junior Member • Posts: 48
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Hmmm...the update I have seen was just for iPhoto???

Hope it works - but I won't find out until the NEX arrives!!!

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seachicken2000
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Re: Yay!! Apple add AVCHD support to iPhoto!! Perfect for NEX !

With my NEX-7 it doesn't see 1080p50 video files.
It sees and imports 1080p25 videos, but says "Unsupported video format".

The NEX-7 uses AVCHD2, and perhaps that's not supported yet.
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TheNorb
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Afaik Apple updated both Aperture and iPhoto and added AVCHD support to them. As they've also introduced a new feature where a library could be shared between both programs I would guess that the support for file formats is the same in Aperture and iPhoto.

neonexxer Regular Member • Posts: 131
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I use Clipwrap to "re-package" AVCHD files on my Mac. I think all it does is it messes with some file headers, because its marketed as not being a transcoder...ie, there is no format conversion happening. No re-sampling, framerate conformation or anything. Offhand, I do forget what happens to 60p though... I only shoot 30p.

This means its super, super fast (like even long clips get re-wrapped in seconds), and your quality stays as it was recorded. After Clip-wrapping, even Quicktime and iMovie can see AVCHD files. BTW, I'm running on a 2011 MBA 13". Clipwrap is nice enough to even let you download a fully functional trial version to see if it works for you. The only catch is that it only limits you to the 1st minute of your clips. If casual viewing of short clips is what you need, give it a go

(edit: oops... I mean I only shoot 25p. My 5N is a PAL version)

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pmow
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neonexxer wrote:

I use Clipwrap to "re-package" AVCHD files on my Mac. I think all it does is it messes with some file headers, because its marketed as not being a transcoder...ie, there is no format conversion happening. No re-sampling, framerate conformation or anything. Offhand, I do forget what happens to 60p though... I only shoot 30p.

This means its super, super fast (like even long clips get re-wrapped in seconds), and your quality stays as it was recorded. After Clip-wrapping, even Quicktime and iMovie can see AVCHD files. BTW, I'm running on a 2011 MBA 13". Clipwrap is nice enough to even let you download a fully functional trial version to see if it works for you. The only catch is that it only limits you to the 1st minute of your clips. If casual viewing of short clips is what you need, give it a go

(edit: oops... I mean I only shoot 25p. My 5N is a PAL version)

Yeah, you're talking about re-muxing. The container can be changed while keeping the encoded video data and encoded audio data, or transcoding just the audio, etc.

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thyago231 New Member • Posts: 2
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Same here

thyago231 New Member • Posts: 2
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neonexxer wrote:

I use Clipwrap to "re-package" AVCHD files on my Mac. I think all it does is it messes with some file headers, because its marketed as not being a transcoder...ie, there is no format conversion happening. No re-sampling, framerate conformation or anything. Offhand, I do forget what happens to 60p though... I only shoot 30p.

This means its super, super fast (like even long clips get re-wrapped in seconds), and your quality stays as it was recorded. After Clip-wrapping, even Quicktime and iMovie can see AVCHD files. BTW, I'm running on a 2011 MBA 13". Clipwrap is nice enough to even let you download a fully functional trial version to see if it works for you. The only catch is that it only limits you to the 1st minute of your clips. If casual viewing of short clips is what you need, give it a go

(edit: oops... I mean I only shoot 25p. My 5N is a PAL version)

Yeah! I used to use clipwrap too, but it was messing up my videos, some would play a few seconds then the sound would stop on some, and now iPhoto with native support, even better, I tried it and iPhoto also re-wraps the .MTS to .MOV without messing it up like Clipwrap.

kipper726 New Member • Posts: 3
AVCHD support added to iPhoto, but only 720p & 1080i; not 1080p (AVCHD Progressive).

iPHOTO 9.3 DOES NOT IMPORT AVCHD PROGRESSIVE (1080p)

Anyone interested in importing AVCHD into iPhoto 9.3 needs to be aware that iPhoto 9.3 supports only AVCHD Lite (720p) and AVCHD (1080i). It does not support AVCHD Progressive (1080p); it does not even show it in the list of camera files to import from. Attempts to manually copy folders from the camera memory result in lots of messages about unsupported file formats, similar to the ones Apple say you will get if you do not exactly follow their instructions for which folder(s) to copy.

In my camera, a Panasonic FZ150, after choosing “AVCHD” for “REC MODE”, the user can choose from three setting for “REC QUALITY”, which are: “PSH" (1080p), “FSH” (1080i) and “SH” (720p), all at 60 fps. Other recent cameras supporting AVCHD should have some similar choices.

Apple was vague about this in their description at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5251 , and just said “AVCHD", which has caused a lot of people, including myself, to waste a lot of time unnecessarily.

Apple should have said: "AVCHD Lite and AVCHD only; not AVCHD Progressive." (And probably not AVCHD 3D either!)

I asked Apple today (19 June 2012) to clarify this in their website, in iPhoto, and in all documents describing iPhoto.

kipper726 New Member • Posts: 3
Re: AVCHD support added to iPhoto, but only 720p & 1080i; not 1080p (AVCHD Progre

I want to clarify that my previous post was based on my experiences; it is just possible that they were unique to my Panasonic FZ150, my SD memory card’s formatting, or my iPhoto library…

Regardless, if you are unable to import AVCHD into iPhoto 9.3, I suggest that you check which form of AVCHD you are using.

justaman Junior Member • Posts: 33
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I updated now. doesn't work for mts from my nex 5. well i will continue to use any video converter out in apple tv - full hd - 1080p and flag on "remux when possible".
mp4 with same size and quality is perfect for me.

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tdwin2000 Junior Member • Posts: 37
Re: AVCHD support added to iPhoto, but only 720p & 1080i; not 1080p (AVCHD Progre

I was using an older version of Imovie on my Imac...updated to Imovie 2011 and I can now import AVCHD movies to Imovie without having to convert them first. I also downloaded a program called "Aunsoft" which is great...you can convert movies to any format for different players (Ipad, Iphone, etc...). My problem is that while I recorded the movie from my wife's 5N in 60p, when you upload from Imovie to any format, the highest I can send it is 1080x720 which I don't think is as high as it was recorded...anyone know about this?

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