We write this post for people who are having issues editing Canon HF20/HF200 AVCHD MTS video files in Avid, Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas. It elaborates a way of converting Canon HF20/HF200 AVCHD MTS clips for use in Avid, Premiere and Vegas smoothly with optimum performance.
You may find Canon Vixia HF20/200 and Legria HF20/200 while referring to Canon HF20/200. However, the Vixia HF20/200 is NTSC mode for America, and the Legria HF20/200 with similar specifications in UK, or other European countries. Canon Legria HF20/200 is the PAL counterpart of Vixia HF20/200.
The Vixia HF20/200 allows you to record at up to 24Mbps, the highest bitrate in AVCHD format, for the highest quality image. Comparing to Canon HF20, the HF200 camcorder has no internal memory, but you can record crisp HD video directly to a removable SDHC memory card and save about 200 bucks.
Although most major NLE systems have full support for AVCHD codec, videographers sometimes still need to transcode HF20/200 AVCHD footage for use in their editing programs. Read on to find a quick guide on how to convert HF20/200 AVCHD MTS files for working with Avid, Premiere and Vegas
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
[Guide] How to encode Canon HF20/HF200 AVCHD MTS video to Avid, Premiere and Sony Vegas editable files?
Follow these steps:
Step 1. Start up HD Video Converter as the best Canon HF20/HF200 AVCHD MTS Converter. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ button to import your source AVCHD files to it.
1. This MTS Converter supports batch conversion, so you can load multiple MTS files to it for conversion at a time.
2. By ticking off ‘Merge’ option, you can combine the selected MTS clips into a single file.
Step 2: Select output format for your NLEs
1) Convert Canon HF20/HF200 AVCHD MTS files to DNxHD for Avid MC
From ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
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.
2) Convert Canon HF20/HF200 AVCHD MTS files for Premiere
If you are running Premiere Pro on a Windows PC, you can from ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
If you are using Premiere Pro on a Mac, you can select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column.
In addition to DNxHD and ProRes, you can also select ‘MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas’ option.
3) Transcode Canon HF20/HF200 AVCHD MTS video for Sony Vegas
Click the drop-down list besides ‘Profile’, choose ‘Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC) (*.mov)’ as the most compatible format for Vegas with best quality. You can choose ‘MPEG-2 (*.mpg)’, or ‘WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv)’ as well.
This method is also available when you want to edit Canon HF20/HF200 AVCHD MTS files in Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.
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 HF20/HF200 AVCHD MTS files to 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 MOV files for use in Avid apps, Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas with optimum performance. Nothing could be simpler or more immediate.
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