6 Replies Latest reply on Apr 25, 2012 5:02 AM by Steve Grisetti

    Multiple .mts files - which one to choose?


      I am using a Panasonic HDC-TM900 for basically the first time with Adobe Premiere Elements.


      On Saturday, the camera ran for two hours.  I only recorded one session/video for that two hours.  However, I have four files which have different exif type data (date/time/length) but all seem to appear to be the same file in Adobe Premiere after I import them.


      Question is, which one to use, or is there a difference?

        • 1. Re: Multiple .mts files - which one to choose?
          Steve Grisetti Mythic

          If you use Premiere Elements' Get Media tool, it should be easy to locate the files you want.


          With your camcorder connected via USB, go to Premiere Elements' Get Media/From Flip AVCHD and Hard Disk Camera. This will open the Video Importer, from which you can preview and choose which video files you want to import from your cam.


          BTW, the TM900 records in both 60i at 1080p. I highly recommend that you don't try to edit 1080p video in Premiere Elements. It will lead to sluggish and sometimes buggy behavior.


          Make sure any video you want to edit is shot in 60i mode and then, for your project settings, select Full AVCHD 1920x1080 and you should get excellent results!

          • 2. Re: Multiple .mts files - which one to choose?
            HMH462 Newcomer

            Thanks Steve.


            I am using the Get Media tool to bring the videos in.  Any idea why four different files would be created? 


            Here are the files created.  They all look the same in Premier as far as I can tell, but are independent files.







            But each file, while seemingly the same once imported, all have different properties.


            I've been told before to not shoot in 60p as it gives too much of a "digital" look.  My default now is HA 1920 for recording.


            I'm a brand new user to Premier and this camera.  I feel I have my project setting matching the camera settings but the video does not look good in Premier.  Real blurry/fuzz/pixelated.  Not crisp and sharp like what is on the camera.

            • 3. Re: Multiple .mts files - which one to choose?
              Steve Grisetti Mythic

              Yes, the project will look bad in Premiere Elements because it was shot in 60p, which Premiere Elements can not edit.


              It may be possible for you to work with this video, but you will need to render (press Enter) whenever red lines appear above the clips on your timeline. (Assuming you've at least got the project set up as I recommended above.)


              Meantime, in the future, you should shoot in 60i unless you plan to edit with a professional editor, like Premiere Pro CS5.5.

              • 4. Re: Multiple .mts files - which one to choose?
                HMH462 Newcomer

                sorry for the confusion, but I'm sure the 60p was turned off. 

                • 5. Re: Multiple .mts files - which one to choose?
                  HMH462 Newcomer

                  I've gone back and researched the manual and the settings on the camera.


                  I was recording in HA which I presume to mean that I was in a 60i format.


                  Playback through component cables into a television shows crystal clear video.


                  Importing files into Adobe Premiere produce undesirable results.  In the preview window, the video is unclear, grainy, pixelated.  After rendering and exporting, nothing improved.




                  I opened the project as Full AVCHD 1920x1080. 


                  I am asking for suggestions on how to import into Adobe Premiere so I can edit these files and retain the clarity that I know the camera captured.  The final product will be put onto DVD's.

                  • 6. Re: Multiple .mts files - which one to choose?
                    Steve Grisetti Mythic

                    I still would not presume that I was shooting  in 60i unless I KNEW I was shooting in 60i. You also need to determine if your video was shot in stereo or 5.1 audio.


                    But, that said, my free 8-part Basic Training tutorials will show you the basics of how to properly set up and edit a project.



                    And, if you need more details, my books give you step-by-step instructions.



                    Meantime, you do know that DVDs are less than 1/4 the resolution of AVCHD video, right? So your final video won't be nearly as sharp and detailed as your original footage. However, it should still look terrific when you play it on your TV and disc player.