Although Avid claimed that Media Composer offers native AVCHD support, there are still some video, audio codec problems while importing/editing AVCHD MTS clips in Avid. Plus, even the Media Composer can ingest your MTS files directly, it takes a long time for rendering. Then, how to get Avid working perfectly with AVCHD MTS footage? A best way is to transcode MTS to DNxHD, something ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Avid Media Composer.
In fact, 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. To avoid any problems, the best method is to convert MTS footage into Avid most compatible format - DNxHD.
If you have problems using MTS files in Avid Media Composer and want to make a smooth editing, you can read on the article to learn more. Here I will outline how to transcode AVCHD MTS files to DNxHD codec for smoothly importing and editing in Avid Media Composer.
Converting MTS files to DNxHD for Editing in Avid
First of all, free download and install the app - EaseFab Video Converter for Mac.
Overall, the program is an easy-to-use yet professional app which can be used as a AVCHD MTS to Avid Converter under Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard 10.6, etc. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode MTS to Avid DNxHD without quality loss. Besides, it can convert any video to ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Premiere, etc. If you running a Windows computer, please turn to the alternative Windows version - Video Converter. Below is how.
Step 1. Add MTS footage to the MTS to Avid Converter
Once you run it, click "Add Video" to load your source MTS files. You can also directly drag and drop your MTS files to the software. When the MTS files are loaded to the program, 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. Select output format as DNxHD
You can directly choose the DNxHD preset from "Editing Software" category for Avid Media Composer which has been supplied by the MP4 to Avid Mac Converter. The settings also works for Avid MC 8, Avid MC 7, Avid MC 6 and Avid MC 5 etc.
Step 3. Convert MTS to DNxHD MOV for importing to Avid
Click "Convert" button and the selected MTS files will be converted to DNxHD encode mov files. After conversion, click "Open Folder" to find converted footage for importing to Avid Media Comoser.