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GH2 files on a Mac for Dummies...

Discussion in 'Video Post-Production' started by nickthetasmaniac, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    I'm sure this has been asked a million times but I've searched and it's all pretty much gibberish to me :/

    I've just got a GH2 and I've never shot video before, at least not with any intent... I have a MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard 10.6.7 and iMovie 8.0.6. Also have CS5 with Premier Pro...

    So, what's involved with importing, editing and viewing AVCHD files? iMovie seems happy enough with 720p and 1080i files, but it chucks if you shoot in 24p or Variable Movie Mode... When you try and import is has a bit red cross through the files and won't let you touch them.

    Help, please!

    Appologies in advance for my technoidiocy :) 

    Cheers, Nick
  2. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    I'm also interested in this topic.

    Has anyone tried Aunsoft converter? There are a lot of posts about it, but many of them seem like ads.
  3. John M Flores

    John M Flores Super Moderator

    Jan 7, 2011
    I use Voltaic to transcode my files to AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec). AIC, as I understand it, a the consumer version of ProRES. Both are file formats that are less space efficient than AVCHD (read, bigger files) but much less processor intensive (read, faster edits).

    You might try Voltaic before bringing your 24p and Variable Movie Mode files into iMovie. Likewise with CS5 Premiere.

    At the end of the day, AVCHD is a highly efficient codec for storing video on a SD card, but its high level of compression makes it harder to edit with.

    hope this helps...
  4. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
    Thanks for the Voltaic recommendation, John. When I get my new Macbook Pro, I'll give it a try.
  5. nickthetasmaniac

    nickthetasmaniac Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 11, 2011
    Ok thanks John, I'll give it a try :) 
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