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Whats the best/fastest format to convert avchd to, for edit purposes?

May 3, 2012 11:31 AM

Whats best format to convert 1920/1080 avchd to, for editing purposes?

 

I tryed converting to HDV but didnt like the quality. I then tryed to convert the raw avchd files to mpeg2 @ 35 mbps. That is much cleaner but renders slow...about 1-1 ratio.

 

Looking for a codec that is fast to convert to & clean.

 

I have aPC, Win 7,  6 core, 32 gig ram,Raid 0,  fast cuda card ect...

 
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    May 3, 2012 11:33 AM   in reply to Steve from NY

    The best is to edit it as is.  With that machine, you should be fine.

     
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    May 3, 2012 11:44 AM   in reply to Steve from NY

    AVCHD has the same data rate as DV, so shuttling that fast will not be a disk problem, even from a single drive, let alone a RAID 0.  If it stutters, it's a CPU thing.

     

    Conversion to any other format is going to expand the data rate significantly, requiring your RAID to work harder.  Though the CPU will likely work less, so that could fix the stuttering.

     

    You can always add all the clips to a sequence, and then add that sequence to the Source Monitor for editing as if it were one long clip.

     

    Having said all that, if you still feel the need to convert then I recommend the free and lossless UT codec.  You can export out the combined clips right from PP, and the new media will not suffer any quality loss due to conversion.

     
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    May 3, 2012 12:05 PM   in reply to Steve from NY

    The 920's are only 4 core, and these days are getting further away from "the best".  But I have a 920 myself (not overclocked), and I have no issues scrubbing that media from a single drive in CS5.

     

    Not sure what your issue might be.

     
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    May 3, 2012 4:39 PM   in reply to Steve from NY

    Microsoft AVI, then change the Video Codec.  Use the YUV420 mode for smallest file size.

     
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    May 3, 2012 4:47 PM   in reply to Steve from NY

    Not Jim, but the answer is no.

     
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