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    Star Blue Share! AVCHD Essentials: get, play, edit and convert AVCHD video on Mac

    AVCHD is a high definition (HD) digital video camera recorder format recording 1080i and 720p signals onto MiniDVD discs, MiniDV tape, Hard Drive, and digital camera Memory Cards. AVCHD recordings made on MiniDVD discs can be played back on some Blu-ray disc players, however, AVCHD with a .M2TS and .MTS file extension can not be played back on standard DVD players and most portable players. This tutorial will explain how to get AVCHD video off HD camcorder to Mac, how to play, edit and convert AVCHD video on Mac, including Snow Leopard.

    Contents
    Part I. Get AVCHD files off HD camcorder to Mac
    Part II. Play AVCHD video on Mac
    Part III. Edit AVCHD footage on Mac
    Part IV. Convert AVCHD video on Mac

    Part I. Get AVCHD files off HD camcorder to Mac
    To play AVCHD video files on your Mac, first you need get them off HD Camcorder to your Mac desktop or laptop. It’s easy with iMovie:
    1. Connect camcorder to your Mac computer with cable (USB/WiFi).
    2. Select mode of camcorder such as PC/Computer mode.
    3. iMovie will automatic open import window.
    4. If DVD Player automatic open, just quit DVD Player first.
    5. So Now, you can review your video or select "Import All"(make sure your switch is set to "Automatic").
    6. If you select "Manual", you can import some clip to iMovie.
    7. If you import from Tape based device (DV/HDV), iMovie will automatic revise tape & import all.
    8. iMovie automatic create thumbnail video after complete import.

    iMovie will automatically detect when you have a FireWire camcorder connected. If you see the message No Camera Attached, make sure your camera is turned on and properly plugged in to your computer via a FireWire cable and that your camcorder is set to VCR, VTR, or Play mode.

    Part II. Play AVCHD video on Mac
    VLC player is a totally free program that you should already have on your Mac that plays oodles of different video and audio formats, far more than QuickTime and DVD player. Simply run this application, choose FILE>OPEN FILE, select you VIDEO_TS folder, and that is OK! Grab some popcorn and watch your AVCHD video now.



    Part III. Edit AVCHD footage on Mac
    AVCHD camcorders had been out since mid 2006 the first fully capable software for editing the footage only became available with the recent release of Sony's Vegas 9 editing software for Windows. Ok, so which software you can use to edit AVCHD on Mac, including Snow Leopard?

    If your budget allows, make iMovie for your AVCHD video editing, but there are two core requirements. First, you need to make sure you have iMovie '09 or newer software. The other limiting factor to using iMovie is hardware. You need a Mac with an Intel-based Core Duo processor or better to edit AVCHD in iMovie '09. Power PC G5 Macs or older will not work for editing high definition AVCHD with iMovie.


    Final Cut Prois the premium choice for any Mac video editing. The Final Cut Pro 7 is the most up-to-date support for AVCHD available, with 6.0.1 being the first version of FCP with AVCHD support. Making sure you have Final Cut Pro 7 installed is your best bet to making sure you have a great editing experience with AVCHD and FCP.

    Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 is another choice. Although it has now returned to the Mac platform neither the Mac nor Windows versions supports the AVCHD format, there were quite a few rumours indicated AVCHD smooth playback and video editing totally depends on your systems performance. Most Laptops will work just fine with AVCHD editing but don’t have as smooth a playback as a highend desktop.

    So which is best, iMovie, FCP, Adobe Premiere? Well, I personally prefer Final Cut Pro to iMovie for editing AVCHD on a Mac. It makes editing easier and helps bring out your more creativity!

    Part IV. Convert AVCHD video on Mac
    AVCHD camcorders save HD video in M2TS and TS formats, which cause problems down the road - for example if you find that YouTube™ doesn't support the file format of the AVCHD video you want to upload, and most portable players as well. There are some 3rd programs available, but if you're looking for the easiest solution to handle the job on Mac(including Snow Leopard), with better output quality,
    iFunia HD Video Converter
    comes as a good choice. Here are easy steps.

    Step 1. Source Setup

    Download and run iFunia HD Video Converter for Mac
    , add your AVCHD video by clicking ‘Add’or drag-n-drop. Here you can also preview AVCHD video files and take snapshots.



    Step 2. Destination Setup
    After you finishing video source setup, you can now select an output profile in the drop-down box, take iPhone MPEG-4 video example. Remember to specify a directory on your computer for saving the output files.




    There are various format/bit rate/screen resolution options in the Setting window. Different file formats result in different video compression rates. Bit rate refers to the number of bits processed per unit of time, the larger the number, the more bits processed and the better the quality. Resolution refers to the number of pixels handled by the device display.



    Step 3. Start Conversion

    Finally, click the ‘Start’ button. The Progress bar shows the status of the converting task. The program will prompt you when the converting task is completed, then click OK.

    Enjoy your AVCHD video!

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    THANK u, zholy.
    hope it will be helpfull to more guys!


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