How to import Sony SLT-A57 AVCHD to Avid?

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What’s the best way to import Sony SLT-A57 AVCHD .MTS files into Avid Media Composer? If you run into troubles working with Sony SLT-A57 AVCHD footage in Avid Media Composer, you may have interest in this article. It presents a workaround to re-encode Sony SLT-A57 AVCHD media to DNxHD codec for use in Avid properly.

“Hi all, I’m attempting to AMA-Link to MTS files that were shot on a Sony SLT-A57. I downloaded the relevant ama plugin but regardless of which folder/file linking combination I try, it comes up with “Errors linking to files”. Importing doesn’t seem to be working either. Any ideas on how to overcome this? Thanks for any help.”

If you have access to Video Converter it’ll kick out DNxHD .mov files which you can use in Avid Media Composer. Just read on to learn a quick guide on how to encode Sony SLT-A57 AVCHD MTS clips to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer editing.

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 SLT-A57 AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD for Avid editing on Windows?

To transcode Sony SLT-A57 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 SLT-A57 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 SLT-A57 AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD for Avid editing on Mac?

To transcode Sony SLT-A57 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 SLT-A57 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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