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How to get Avid Media Composer working with AVCHD MTS footage?

Does Avid Media Composer work with 1080p MTS footage? Some say yes and some say no. Do not be surprised. MTS footage captured by Sony Handycam is quite different with those by Canon EOS 7D, and incompatibility exists among different camcorder manufacturers. H.264/ AVC encoded MTS footage does not work well with video editing software except for few ones. Despite of this, H.264 codec is acknowledged as a universal codec for camcorder videos, especially for HD contents. The advanced compression method of H.264 results in much less storage and the same picture quality comparing with MPEG-4. However, the highly-compressed content are not so friendly for editing software. How to get Avid Media Composer working perfectly with AVCHD MTS footage/edit MTS in Avid Media Composer? A best way is to convert MTS to DNxHD MOV, something that Avide Media Composer supports.

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Required software: Pavtube MTS to Media Composer Converter.

You can click the above link to learn more information of the software or download a trial of MTS to Avid MC Converter to keep up with the following guide. If you are running a Mac computer, you can read how to edit MTS files in Mac Avid Xpress Pro.


Step 1. Add MTS footage to the MTS to Avid MC Converter.

Once you run it, click "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button to load your source MTS files. When the MTS files are loaded to the MTS to Avid Converter, you can view the videos from the Preview window. Simply select an item and click the “Play” button. When the video is playing, you are allowed to take snapshoot.


Step 2. Choose DNxHD MOV as output format for MTS to Avid MC conversion.

Pavtube MTS to Avid Converter features two optimized format presets for Avid Media Composer, one is “Avid DNxHD 720p (*.mov)”, and the other is “Avid DNxHD 1080p (*.mov)”. Here we select 1080p for example. (Also read how to transcode M2TS to QuickTime MOV)


If the default settings do not fit your needs, you can click “Settings” button to adjust audio and video parameters as you like.


Step 3. Convert MTS to DNxHD 1080P MOV for importing to Avid Media Composer.

Click “Convert” button and the selected MTS files will be converted to DNxHD 1080P MOV. You may check the converting progress and set auto shutdown in the conversion window. After conversion, click “Open” folder to find converted footage for importing to Avid Media Composer.

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