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Importing .mts AVCHD files into Premiere Pro CS5.5: can it be done?

Dec 30, 2011 1:41 PM

Tags: #problem #error #mac #avchd #import #media #fcp #encoder #dslr #codec #project

Is it possible to import .mts files from a memory card into Premiere Pro? Whenever I try to, I get a message that reads "Codec not supported".
My camera is a Sony Alpha A55, and this worked perfectly well in Final Cut Pro X.

 
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    Dec 30, 2011 2:13 PM   in reply to DWguy

    Firstly

     

    It is standard practice to ingest your files from the camera card to your local Hard Disk before loading them into a Premiere Project.

     

    (Which only references the files in their location on the HDD)

     

     

    "Codec not supported".

     

    That could be another  issue.

     
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    Dec 30, 2011 2:18 PM   in reply to DWguy

    No.

     

    Premiere  only references the files in their location on the HDD

     
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    Dec 30, 2011 2:41 PM   in reply to DWguy

    Dont know what the alternative is.

     

    Non Linear Edit systems need to know where the files are .

     

    Having them on a Local HDD instead of the camera media is preferable.

     
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    Dec 30, 2011 3:49 PM   in reply to DWguy

    FCP needs to transcode mts files before it can edit them.

     

    Premiere edits mts files natively.

     

    You do not need a plug in.

     
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    Dec 30, 2011 3:57 PM   in reply to DWguy

    I use MTS files from my AVCHD Canon Vixia camera just fine... AFTER I copy the files from the camera memory card to my hard drive

     
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    Dec 30, 2011 4:08 PM   in reply to DWguy

    John T Smith will advise you better on this but are you copying the entire folder structure from the card to the HDD?

     
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    Dec 30, 2011 4:20 PM   in reply to DWguy

    YES

     
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    Dec 30, 2011 5:10 PM   in reply to DWguy

    Now this is where someone with a Mac needs to chime in.

     

    It may just simply be that you need to load a piece of software that came with your camera.

     

    Try a site search here as well.

     
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    Dec 30, 2011 5:17 PM   in reply to DWguy

    Ah yes... Mac

     

    I am on Windows and both MTS and the MP4 from my wife's Flip camera work perfectly with no extra installs

     
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    Dec 30, 2011 8:14 PM   in reply to DWguy

    I'm on a MAC.  My procedure is copy entire directory structure from media card to HD.  In Premiere use Media browser to locate top level directory, select view as AVCHD and you should see your clips. from there you can import or view in source monitor.  My MTS clips are from a Canonand the top level directory is PRIVATE.

     

    Bob

     
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    Dec 31, 2011 8:58 AM   in reply to Bob_McConnell

    Hi,

     

    change the mts extention to mpg, see it that works. if so, download free software called ReNamer and change the end extention to mpeg.

     

    http://www.den4b.com/?x=products&product=renamer

     

     

    hope this helps.

     

    Baz

     
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    Dec 31, 2011 12:21 PM   in reply to DWguy

    You have to copy the entire contents folder from the flash media.

     
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    Jan 1, 2012 2:28 PM   in reply to DWguy

    The Sony web site lists the recording as AVCHD.  If it's not working for you after having done things properly, my best guess is that your install has lost MPEG functionality.

     

    Do you have the full list of sequence presets available, or are you limited to I-frame codecs like DV and such?

     
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    Jan 15, 2012 7:20 AM   in reply to Bob_McConnell

    Bob, I have a similar problem. I can locate the mts file but when I import it I get an error message: "the file has an unsupportted compression type".

     
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    Jan 15, 2012 5:10 PM   in reply to DWguy

    I know this is probably a silly idea, DWGuy, but are you running the trial version of PPro CS5? If so, try activating?

     

    I put Sony NEX VG-20 AVCHD .mts files through PPro all the time, and they are gobbled up happily. However, I once tried to do it before activating my copy of PPro, and got the same error as you are describing right now.

     

    Apparently, PPro doesn't install all its codecs until you activate.

     
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    Feb 2, 2012 7:22 PM   in reply to DWguy

    I copy the AVCHD file structures from my Canon X10 to my video drive and then just copy the .MTS files in the Streams directory to another drive for use by PPro.  Then I go into PPro and select "File", "Import" and select all the .MTS you want to bring into PPro and then whaaala they are imported into my project.

     

    Another way

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    Sometimes I need .MTS files converted quickly without ediiting so I use Adobe Media Encoder 5.5 and select all the .MTS files and specify my path and put the conversion in the quene and whaaalaa converted into any format that PPro supports.

     

    Hope that helps.

     

    -Sandrino

     
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    Feb 5, 2012 3:20 PM   in reply to DWguy

    With any digital media files that are stored on a chip or card, you absolutley need to copy the files from the card to your HDD on your computer, preferably not your C: Drive... Get an external 7,200rpm drive that supports at least Firewire 400 or firewire 800, if not E-SATA like the G-Technology drives do, and RAID 0, better to have a 4 drive tower striped as RAID 5.

     

    Be sure to copy the ENTIRE FOLDER from your chip or card into a new folder on your hard drive. Name the folder by Chip Number and Date, (i.e. MTS Card 1 020412

     

    If you don't copy the entire folder contents then the computer won't recognize the file structure and you will most likely get an error message.

    This applies to panasonic P2, Sony MTS, etc.

     

    You can edit natively with MTS files in PPro 5.5.

     

    Happy Editing,

     

    Jon

     
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    Feb 12, 2012 12:18 PM   in reply to frostgfx

    I am not using the Sony Alpha A55 which might use a different codec than my other Sony's (CX-550V and HX5V) BUT I am using PP on an iMac. For different reasons (one of which being that I already used this approach with FCE), I am converting my raw mts files into mov files using ClipWrap ($50, very fast, they have a trial version for download). This has many advantages:

    - the footage is UNTOUCHED. It is just put into a different container.

    - the mov files are WATCHABLE in the Finder (and everywhere else, including PP).

    - the mts files can be dragged and dropped (without bothering about the folder structure) directly into ClipWrap (or first on your HD if you want).

     

    This being said, my experience is that even those files are too much for my (I thought) powerful iMac to scrub through once basic editing has started. So I resorted to transcoding to proxy mpeg2 intermediate files (so that I don't fill up my HD too quickly) and only before exporting my sequence, replace the proxy footage by the original (well converted) mov files. I am still working out the ideal workflow...

     

    Try the ClipWrap demo to see if the codec is supported. If not, they are a very responsive company and will most likely update their software rapidly (for free).

     

    HTH.

     

    PS: I paid for my software, so I am just a satisfied customer reporting on the product.

     
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    Apr 6, 2012 2:51 PM   in reply to uwxplorer

    for me it works but i need to render the file?

    can i avoid this?

     
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    Apr 6, 2012 3:26 PM   in reply to DWguy

    Greetings;

     

    I presently work with Windows 7 / CS5.5, Mac shouldn't be that much different.

     

    1) The "codec not supported" should be a clue.

    You may be missing the proper codec for Sony Mts format.

     

    I'm using panasonic AVCHD and cameras came with software to import File structure onto HD and edit.

    That Panasonic software also included a codec to play AVCHD. Cineform is another example of software with codec included.

    Premiere uses those codec to read files and if they're not installed doesn't recognize file.

     

    Perhaps Sony has some codec needing installing before you can read the files.

     

    2) Process I use to transfer files is to use (AVCCAM Viewer) Panasonic Software to bring files from SD card to a HD.

    Then copy MTS files only to Project HD drive & folder.

    Premiere doesn't seem to mind if files are with or without folder structure.

     

    Hope this helps

     

    Regards

    JD

     
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    Apr 7, 2012 7:59 PM   in reply to J Dell

    Check out these Adobe workflow papers:

    http://blogs.adobe.com/premiereprotraining/2010/06/workflow_guides_for _several_hi.html

     

    We have a MacPro, 10.6.8 and PP5.5 with no issues after copying the PRIVATE folder off the cards as directed in the workflow papers.

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 12:34 PM   in reply to Glitchdog

    This happened to me once with CS4. AVCHD .MTS Working fine one day then got that error. Used time machine to restore the OS and Production Premium. It seemed like CS4 went from an activated copy to a trial version - I had not added any software or done anything I could think of. Is your version activated?

     
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    Aug 22, 2012 4:39 AM   in reply to DWguy

    I have got even worth. My Windows premiere 5.5 worked very fine with MTS files, so I build a project, put them to a timeline and exported them together to an AVI file. And so i continued in the same project my complete Film.

     

    Since a automatic update of premiere, MTS are not anymore recognized. And if I open the project it crushes. So I lost my complete work.

     

    I uninstalled and re installed several times even with the cleaner

     

    So I think even if official adobe announce to support MTS Files, help us with a plug-in or else. I have seen so many reports about that and Adobe would not believe us.

     

    Please Adobe Help instead of defending your politic

     

    regards

     
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    Aug 22, 2012 11:25 AM   in reply to M_Aik

    This is a user support forum.  If you want direct Adobe help, you'll need to call them (and probably pay for it).

     
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