How do I import multiple AVCHD files into Premire Pro. We have a 3 camera shoot that we are getting ready to edit. Each camera saved to a different SD card. When I copy the file from the SD card it comes across as the file PRIVATE and Mountain Lion wants to bundle it now as a Quicktime file rather than a folder.
This is what I do:
- Create a new directory (folder) for the project I'm working on.
- Inside that directory, I create another one called RAW
- Under RAW, I create 2 more directories called Camera_1 and Camera_2
- The entire contents of the SD card from the first camera gets copied to Camera_1
- Likewise for the contents of the second camera's SD card
- In PPro, I navigate into the Camera_1 and Camera_2 subdirectories, looking for the AVCHD directories. Once opened, they show me the spanned clips as assembled clips.
Does that make sense? You don't need to follow the same directory structure I do, if you don't want to. But the important bit is to make sure the entire SD card gets copied over to its OWN directory on your Mac. PPro will handle the rest once you've navigated into that directory with the media browser.
Thanks Jason for the reply. I tried that and this is what I got.
Created Camera1, Camera2 and Camera3 folders from Finder.
Copied the PRIVATE file from each of the SD cards into their respective folders.
Opened PP and created a new project - Test. Selected cancel for initial sequence.
Then double clicked in the open area of Test.prproj and got the IMPORT dialog. Navigated to the Camera1 folder and double clicked on PRIVATE and got AVCHD. Double clicked on AVCHD and got AVCHDTN folder and BDMV. Double click on BDMV and get index.bdm and MOVIEOBJ.BDM (grayed and not selectable), and the FOLDERS STREAM, CLIPINF and PLAYLIST. Going into STREAM gets back to the issue I was at before showing me files 00000.MTS - 00005.MTS (spanned clips).
I tried stopping at the PRIVATE, then tried again with the AVCHD file and then again with the BDMV file. Same thing.
Oh I also get the following dialog
Don't double click on the open area to get the IMPORT dialog, go through the Media Browser to find the Camera1 folder you've created. Then, don't drill down into underlying folders, just right click on the Camera1 folder and hit import. Premiere will then find and connect up any spanned clips within the subfolders.
don't drill down into underlying folders, just right click on the Camera1 folder and hit import.
That throws up the same error message Dan is seeing. The normal procedure is to drill down until you see the clips appear. PP will properly show and import spanned clips.
However, it may well not play them correctly.
Yes, it bring up that error message, because it runs through all the un-necessary files within the folders and lets you know it can't import them, but then you just click okay and get on with your day.
I find the "import the whole folder" method better because it simplifies the process; there's no routing around in subfolders, it connects up spanned clips and puts all the clips into a bin that's named whatever you named the folder you're importing, which is exactly what I want it to do. Nice and easy. Just my preference though.