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Old 11 Jun 2013, 12:50 AM   #1
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Default AVCHD into something editable for FCP 7?

Ok, just shot a three camera job with three cameras that record to AVCHD. It's a LOT of footage. It was two dance recitals back to back, each about 2.5 hours long.

The girl I get to edit it every year works on a Mac with Final Cut 7. In previous years I've just shot HDV and handed her the tapes, but I've gone tapeless. I know that FCP 7 doesn't handle AVCHD natively and I tried running some clips through Adobe Media Encoder from AVCHD to DV NTSC Widescreen and to be honest they look pixelated and not very good at all.

Ideally I'd like to transcode it all to Prores LT or AIC....but I'm working on a PC here. I could just hand her the giant pile of AVCHD folders...but AVCHD breaks every 1.9gb and she'd end up with a bunch of files that she'd have to sync and there's also the frame stutter issue where the files meet up.

That's why I'm using Adobe Prelude, it allows you to import a 2.5 hour long AVCHD file as that, ONE FILE. Problem is that it all goes to stuff that's uneditable. I can run it all to H.264 which is cross-platform compatible, but FCP7 can't edit it natively.

This SHOULD be easy, but what am I to do?
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