Canon R42/R40 workflow in Avid: convert R42/R40 AVCHD to MOV for Avid MC

Summary: If you are trying to work out the Canon R42/R40 workflow in Avid, you are in the right place. This article explains how to convert R42/R40 AVCHD to MOV (DNxHD), so that you can use MTS clips from Canon R42/R40 in Avid apps fluently.

Trying to work out the Canon R42 workflow in Avid
“Has anyone ever worked with AVCHD files from Canon R42? I am just an individual doing a little video editing with Avid. I am trying to work out the Canon R42 workflow in Avid. It seems that I can not use MTS clips copied from a Canon R42 camera in Avid without the whole AVCHD folder structure preserved. The thing is that I borrowed the R42 from a friend, and only copied some loose MTS clips to my computer’s hard drive and returned it to its owner. Right now I have no idea on how to make Avid recognize R42 MTS files. Does anyone one know how to solve this problem? Any suggestion is greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot.”

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The Canon VIXIA HF R42/R40 compact, easy-to-use camcorder is capable of recording in 1080/60p AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) and easy-to-share MP4 format (35 Mbps) with incredibly smooth capture of fast-moving subjects. If you encountered issues while editing R42/R40 AVCHD footage in Avid systems, you will need to transcode R42/R40 MTS clips to a format that is compatible with Avid before editing. The Video Converter app will do the job. It has a format setting for Avid Media Composer, amongst all the others it offers. You can download a demo to see how it works.

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Canon R42/R40 workflow in Avid: how to transcode R42/R40 AVCHD to MOV for use in Avid MC?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up Video Converter as a Canon R42/R40 AVCHD Converter for Avid. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Canon R42/R40 workflow in Avid

Step 2: Choose output format for Avid MC
From ‘Format’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
convert R42/R40 AVCHD to MOV (DNxHD)
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Start Canon R42/R40 MTS to DNxHD MOV Conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the exported DNxHD MOV files for use in Avid apps with optimum performance.

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