Best Way to Import MTS to Avid Media Composer 4/5/6/7

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How to import MTS files into Avid Media Composer? Learn more in this MTS to Avid tutorial.

Best Way to Import MTS to Avid Media Composer 4/5/6/7

I am using Avid Media Composer 6.5 on Windows OS 7. I want the best way to import AVCHD .mts files into Avid Media Composer. Try hunting down the solution on the internet, and finally got what I what. Here is the best workflow for using MTS in Avid Media Composer.

Part I. Import MTS to Avid Media Composer via AMA

AVCHD is a ‘version’ of the MPEG-4 AVC specification, or H.264, and Avid Media Composer supports AVCHD MTS with the default plug-in (only in the MOV wrapper), via AMA.

First open AMA by going to File > AMA Link…:

Only the codecs you have installed individually will show up. If you’re editing regularly with a varied client-base, it might be a good idea to install all the plug-ins at the beginning. Who wants to scramble for the right plug-in at the last moment while the client is watching? Avid puts this down to the ease with which they can update plug-ins when necessary, but that’s just them being lazy. I think they should consider your convenience above their own.

Once you select the video file, it will show up in the selected bin, in its native format and wrapper. If you have DMF running, you can select a profile to execute on the specified folder.

You can also create a new Import setting by going to your Project panel and choosing Settings.Right click on Import and select Duplicate. You can customize this import setting and use that to drag and drop files into bins directly. Import processes can be automated to make life faster.

While importing, it is a good idea to keep the Console panel open. It will show you if there are any errors while importing, and is great for troubleshooting problems.

Editor’s Note: Avid says you’ll need to perform a one-time-only free activation of the Dolby AC-3 codec to use the plug-in, which happens in the background if you have an active Internet connection. For AVCHD not in MOV wrappers, you’ll need to seek for an alternative way.

Part II. Import MTS to Avid Media Composer via 3rd-party software

If the AMA can’t help you load MTS files to Avid Media Composer for some unknown reason, you may try to convert MTS to Avid most supported video formats DNxHD first.

To finish the task, you can use Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter(You can choose your like from Top 3 MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac 2016), the best video converter that can help you transcode AVCHD .mts to Avid MC compatible video with original quality. Besides, this software can also transcode MTS files for editing in Windows Movie Maker, Davinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, etc NLEs. If you are running on Mac, please get MTS/M2TS converter for Mac. Download it now and follow the steps to convert your MTS videos to Avid Media Composer.

Steps to convert MTS videos to DaVinci Resolve acceptable format

1. Import MTS files

Run the AVCHD MTS Coverer; click the Add button to load AVCHD .mts/.m2ts files to the program from your computer or camcorder. You can also directly drag the video files into the program directly.

2. Choose output format

Hit Format bar to select output format. You can choose Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD 1080p(*.mov) as output format. It is an ideal editing format for Avid.

Tip: If you like, adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

3. Start conversion

Simply click the Convert button to start converting MTS to Avid Media Composer friendly video formats. Within several minutes, you can find the converted file on your computer by clicking the “Open” button. And then you can import the converted files to Avid Media Composer 4/5/6/6.5/7 easily.

Note: If you want to import more video files like AVI, MKV, WMV, MXF, XDCAM to Avid Media Composer, you can refer the guide how to import video to Avid Media Composer.

Related Guides:

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Importing MTS AVCHD Files to Premiere Elements
Tips Importing MTS files into DaVinci Resolve 11
Convert MTS to AIC MOV for iMovie on Mac(Yosemite)
Convert .MTS to ProRes on Mac Mavericks for FCP users

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