How to link Sony F3K AVCHD media to Avid MC?

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If you have difficulty with editing Sony F3K AVCHD footage in Avid Media Composer, you may try to convert Sony F3K mts clips to DNxHD first. Not ideal to have to go through an extra step, but it does work. Here in this article, we will guide you through the process of transcoding Sony F3K AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD .mov for Avid editing.

“My client send me a bundle of loose .MTS clips copied from Sony F3K without keeping the full AVCHD folder structure. Avid seems not to recognize them. Is there a workaround to get Avid opening the bare Sony F3K .mts clips? I would really appreciate any help.”

You AMA Link to the Sony F3K AVCHD folder, and Avid Media Composer should populate a bin for you with all the .mts clips. Now, if you didn’t keep the folder structure intact you’re in for a bit more of a ride, because that’s the only way (at least as of MC 7) Media Composer was able to access AVCHD media. So you’ll have to transcode them externally now. The following guide displays how to transcode Sony F3K AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD for editing in Avid Media Composer with optimum performance.

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Part 1. How to transcode Sony F3K AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD for Avid editing on Windows?

To transcode Sony F3K 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 F3K 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 F3K AVCHD .MTS files to DNxHD for Avid editing on Mac?

To transcode Sony F3K 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 F3K 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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