How do you use Sony 3A AVCHD MTS files in Avid?

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What’s the best way to import Sony 3A AVCHD .MTS files into Avid Media Composer? If you run into troubles working with Sony 3A AVCHD footage in Avid Media Composer, you may have interest in this article. It presents a workaround to re-encode Sony 3A AVCHD media to DNxHD codec for use in Avid properly.

“I have no clue how I can import Sony 3A AVCHD .MTS files into Avid Media Composer. Please help.”

Importing media is The Old Way. The New Avid Way is to AMA Link and then Consolidate/Transcode, and I actually recommend doing this for all media going forward as it lets you potentially avert some annoying problems before they happen. AVCHD is not a native format for Media Composer, so you may meet problems AMA linking it to Avid. In that case, you will need to transcode them. DNxHD is generally preferred, and Video Converter is an ideal tool to create optimal DNxHD files for Media Composer.

Video Converter (It is available for Mac and Windows, simply download the proper version depending on your computer’s OS.)
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Part 1. How to transcode Sony 3A AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD for Avid editing on Windows?

To transcode Sony 3A 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 3A 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 3A AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD for Avid editing on Mac?

To transcode Sony 3A 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 3A 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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