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Avid Media Composer does not support AVCHD editing directly at the moment so it is necessary to convert the footage to another supported format before editing.
Panasonic allows customers to download an application for performing this conversion free of charge. The software converts AVCHD to DVCPRO HD, Panasonics professional codec used on Broadcast cameras, so no quality is lost during the conversion.

Download the free Panasonic software from the link below THE SOFTWARE WILL ONLY RUN ON WINDOWS SO MUST DO THE TRANSCODING ON A WINDOWS PC.

Note:  4B Lab - Windows computers have this software

Install the program called AVCHD to DVCPRO Transcoder by Main Concept. WE HAVE THE SOFTWARE INSTALLED ON EVERY WINDOWS PC IN 4B LAB.

After shooting the footage at 1080 23.98 or 29.97 or 59.94 Back up the SDHC card to hard drive

The File structure of the folder containing the AVCHD files will look like this

This is a more exaggerated view of the folders and the file structure of the cards.
The file structure must stay like this or the editing software will not be able to transcode the files.

Copy the whole “Private” folder from the SDHC card to your hard drive to back up the native AVCHD files before they are transcoded in Final Cut Pro Don’t open this folder just copy the whole thing over to your back up drive. Remember if you have multiple cards you will have to make folders for every card so the “Private” folder is not overwritten when backing it up.
It is recommended that the files be backed up to two hard drives in case one of the hard drives or media becomes corrupted.
So back up the SDHC Cards to Two separate places. (Two separate hard drives or a computer/server/and hard drive. Transfer server is not a permanent backup because it gets wiped every Monday at 3AM.)

• The next step is to transcode the AVCHD files to .mxf files that AVID can work with natively
• Open AVCHD to DVCPRO Transcoder by Main Concept

When the Software launches click on the Browse button to navigate to where the AVCCAM file folder.

Navigate to the folder on your hard drive that is located in>Local Disk or hard drive>PRIVATE>AVC HD>E:\PRIVATE\AVCHD\BDM V\STREAM
is the location of the clips when the removable drive

The STREAM folder contains all the files that will need to be transcoded. Select the first clip in numerical order in the “Stream” folder and click “Open”

The information loaded into the “Input Window” will reflect the path to where the HMC150 AVCCAM files are located that were just selected to be transcoded.
The next step is to select where to save the Transcoded files. Go to the “Output Window” and click on “Browse.” Navigate to the hard drive that you would like to save the transcoded files and click Open.

After the Input Source and Output Destination are set. Select the following settings.
Transcode to P2 DVCPRO HD
Select “All Clips at specified Folder/Drive” to transcode all the clips in the “Input” folder.
Next click on the Options button Make sure Preview Off is selected. Click OK here.

Press Transcode. The software will not only transcode the footage but also create the same structure that would appear on a P2 card and so in Avid you must import the footage as if it is P2.
The # of clips in the Queue to be transcoded will update here during processing.

When the files are finished transcoding they folder containing the files will contain a folder called “CONTENTS” and a file called “LASTCLIP.TXT” Don’t move or change this file structure. AVID will read files from these folders.

Launch AVID and make a new project. The project settings should be
Format: 1080/59.94 Raster Dimensions 1920 x 1080 if the footage was shot at 23.98 choose the 1080/23.98 setting for the “Format” of the project.

When you make your project or if you are using and existing project you can check the AVID settings by going to the “Format”

After the project is made you can link to the newly transcoded files by going to >File>Link to AMA Volume. 

Then navigate to the hard drive and folder where the transcoded files are stored and click on “Open”

The Files will automatically open and you can either copy them into a new bin or use them directly from the AMA linked bin that was just created.

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