Selective Copy of AVCHD Files?

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    • #70703
      AvatarLaguna Hiker
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      Is there a way to safely control which AVCHD files are copied from an SD Card to an editing computer?

      I have been shooting AVCHD (on a Panasonic AC130) for about three months. Up to now, I have simply copied the entire AVCHD folder structure oover to my computer, and I then import the shots I need into Premiere Pro. All of the shots on the card, even those I don't import into Premiere Pro, are on my computer, and ultimately my backup media.

      I just finished a shoot with a lot of retakes (a lot of retakes!), and I'd like to copy only the good takes over to my editing computer. I know that I can't simply grab the MTS files of the good takes–my question is, how can I selectively copy only the good ones? Is there a Windows app that will do that? Some other way?  I don't want to transcode, since my computer works well with AVCHD, and I'd like to avoid the compression cycle.

      Thanks for your help.

    • #208709
      Avatardagunner
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      My camera, a sony AX2000 came with software that allows me to preview all the seperate files and select the ones I want before downloading to my computer. I know this does not help you but does Panasonic have similar software?

    • #208710
      AvatarLaguna Hiker
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      Here is another good approach I found:

       

      Adobe Prelude (part of the CC suite) can selectively ingest (copy) MTS files and their supporting files, all in the required folder structure. It also has some other handy features I knew nothing about, including copying to a backup location as it ingests. Always wondered if the program was of any use–now I know.

       

      The issue doesn't come up in FCP, since it doesn't work in AVCHD as a native format. Instead, it transcodes to its native format.

    • #208714
      Avatardagunner
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      I have CS 5.5 I never used Prelude let alone even know if I got it. I use Premier Pro, After Effects and Audition for disks. Glad my comments on included software for a camera helped you.

    • #208711
      AvatarLaguna Hiker
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      Good call, and thanks! I did some more hunting around, and Panasonic's AVCCAM Viewer (Ver 1.1) will selectively copy from SD card to computer. I had it on my hard drive the entire time, and assumed it was only a viewer app.

       

      The app can be downloaded from Panasonic's Pro Video website.

    • #208716
      AvatarLaguna Hiker
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      Didn't know I had it until yesterday. Played around with it a bit last night, and it has some interesting features. Nice logging features, which transport into Premiere Pro.

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