7 Replies Latest reply on Jun 22, 2011 8:45 PM by John T Smith

    Do I need to transcode .MTS (AVCHD) files before editing?

    expainter

      I am quite new to all this, so forgive me if my question is unclear or just plain dumb.  I am shooting footage with a Panasonic GH2 which outputs clips as AVCHD. I understand that this is highly compressed.  I am perfectly able to edit these short clips (less than 1 min) in PP CS5 and export them as mp4 or .MOV files.  They seem to play back just fine in the Windows Media Player.  However, I am shooting footage destined for online stock companies and I am concerned that, without some form of decompression prior to editing, I will be degrading the footage too much. Is this the case? If so, what should I transcode to before importing to PP?  I am using Adobe Media Encoder as part of CS5 Production Premium.