Does Avid support Sony DSC-W55/P AVCHD footage?

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If you are looking for the best workflow between Sony DSC-W55/P AVCHD .MTS files and Avid Media Composer, you may wish to read this article. It displays a way of transcoding Sony DSC-W55/P AVCHD .MTS clips to DNxHD .mov for editing in Avid Media Composer smoothly.

For various complex reasons, Media Composer users may get stuck in dealing with AVCHD footage. I’ve had difficulty with Sony DSC-W55/P AVCHD files in the past when I’ve used it in Avid Media Composer before. Pretty sure I’ve ended up converting them using Video Converter. Although it’s not ideal to have to go through an additional step, it does work, and is a good utility that’s fast, keeps original quality, and comes from a reputable and responsive developer. If for whatever reason you are unable to use Sony DSC-W55/P AVCHD files in Avid Media Composer properly like me, you can convert them first. Here’s a simple guide demonstrating how to re-encode Sony DSC-W55/P AVCHD MTS clips to DNxHD .mov for use in Avid Media Composer flawlessly.

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Part 1. How to transcode Sony DSC-W55/P AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD for Avid editing on Windows?

To transcode Sony DSC-W55/P AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD for Avid editing on Windows, follow these steps:

Step 1: Click “Add File” to load video files that you want to convert into this program.

import AVCHD .MTS video files

Step 2: Click “Profile” to select “Avid Media Composer” > “Avid DNxHD 1080p(*.mov)” as output format. DNxHD is Avid’s favorite editing codec, which Avid will recognize and handle well.

Select output profile format

Tips:
If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “Enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.

Step 3: Click “Convert” tostart Sony DSC-W55/P AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD conversion on Windows.
As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open Folder” to get the generated DNxHD .mov files for editing in Avid on your Windows PC with optimum performance. Hope it helps.



Part 2. How to transcode Sony DSC-W55/P AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD for Avid editing on Mac?

To transcode Sony DSC-W55/P AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD for Avid editing on Mac, follow these steps:

Step 1: Click “Add File” to load video files that you want to convert into this program.

import AVCHD .MTS video files

Step 2: Click “Profile” to select “Avid Media Composer” > “Avid DNxHD 1080p(*.mov)” as output format. DNxHD is Avid’s favorite editing codec, which Avid will recognize and handle well.

Select output profile format

Tips:
If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “Enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Settings for AVCHD .MTS video files

Step 3: Click “Convert” to start Sony DSC-W55/P AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD conversion on Mac.
As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open Folder” to get the generated DNxHD .mov files for editing in Avid on your Mac computer with optimum performance. Hope it helps.

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