If for some reason you are unable to load Sony A77 II AVCHD footage into Avid MC via the AMA plug-in, we do recommend transcoding Sony A77 II AVCHD footage to DNxHD QuickTimes before editing.
Needed to convert Sony A77 II AVCHD media to DNxHD for use with Avid on OS X Mavericks 10.9 platform
“Hi, there, I’m looking for a good batch converter to convert AVCHD footage from Sony A77 II for editing in my Mac Avid MC v6.5. I had other program and wasn’t happy with quality. Not pleased with AMA plugins import neither. Anyone got any suggestions? I don’t want to lose HD quality on the video. Thanks.”
As a matter of fact, Avid does have AVCHD support. Just need to load the AMA plugins. So you could have AMA linked directly to the AVCHD files. If that doesn’t work (Not all AVCHD formats are supported), there are a lot of AVCHD converters out there that will convert Sony A77 II AVCHD to DNxHD MOV. If you need a converter that gives results that will closely match the original .mts file, then HD Video Converter for Mac is your ideal choice. You can download a demo version to see if it is able to do what you want.
Sony A77 II and Avid workflow – how to convert Sony A77 II AVCHD files to DNxHD for Avid system?
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as a Sony A77 II AVCHD Converter for Avid. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Choose output format for Avid MC
From ‘Format’ bar, 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.
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 Sony A77 II AVCHD 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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