Premiere struggles handling Sony 5RK AVCHD MTS clips

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You can start editing Sony 5RK AVCHD .MTS clips in Adobe Premiere Pro without transcoding. However, if your computer struggles to handle the Sony 5RK AVCHD footage, you’d better transcode them to an intermediate format first, such as ProRes for Mac based Premiere, and DNxHD for Windows based Premiere.

“Over the last few months, I have collected a “ton” of .mts files copied from a Sony 5RK to hard drive folders with the intention of editing in Premiere Pro some day. Unfortunately, today when I import them into PPro, I get an unsupported error. Is there a work-around to solve the issue?”

My workflow is to copy the original Sony 5RK AVCHD media with all the original folder and files structure into folders within my project structure and import from there. Everything goes well. In your case, I would assume you only copied the loose .mts clips without keeping the folder structure. If that’s the case, you will need to convert Sony 5RK AVCHD (MTS) files first for a fluid workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro.

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 5RK AVCHD .mts files for use in Adobe Premiere on Mac?

Step 1: Import Sony 5RK AVCHD .mts files
Start up Video Converter for Mac and click “Add File” to load Sony 5RK AVCHD .mts files that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Sony 5RK AVCHD .mts files into it to do conversion at a time.

import AVCHD video files

Step 2: Click “Profile” to select output format.
For Mac based Premiere, we would recommend choosing “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. The ProRes 422 codec will ensure a good balance between file size and file quality.

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 video files

Step 3: Start file conversion.
Click “Convert” to start transcoding Sony 5RK AVCHD .mts files for Premiere on Mac. As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open Folder” to get the generated files for editing in Premiere Pro on your Mac with optimum performance.



Part 2. How to transcode Sony 5RK AVCHD .mts files for use in Adobe Premiere on Windows?

Step 1: Import Sony 5RK AVCHD .mts files.
Start up Video Converter for Windows and click “Add File” to load Sony 5RK AVCHD .mts files that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Sony 5RK AVCHD .mts files into it to do conversion at a time.

import AVCHD videos

Step 2: Click “Profile” to select output format.
For Windows based Premiere, we would recommend choosing “Avid Media Composer” > “Avid DNxHD 1080p(*.mov)” as output format.

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 video files

Step 3: Start file conversion.
Click “Convert” to start transcoding Sony 5RK AVCHD .mts media for Premiere on Windows. As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open Folder” to get the generated files for editing in Premiere Pro on your Windows PC with optimum performance.

That’s all. Hope this post will help those who are having issues working with Sony 5RK AVCHD .mts footage in Adobe Premiere Pro.

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