This post aims to help those who are having issues loading MTS files into DaVinci Resolve. It displays a workaround to transcode MTS files to DNxHD .mov or ProRes .mov for use in DaVinci Resolve flawlessly.
Problem regarding to working with MTS files in DaVinci Resolve
“Hi, I am new with DaVinci Resolve and I am trying to import some AVCHD-files (*.mts container) but I am not able to see them in Resolve. Is there any possibility to work with MTS files in DaVinci Resolve? I’m editing on Windows 8.1 x64 and Resolve does not even find these MTS files! I really hope that someone will help me about this. Thanks a lot in advance.”
To avoid MTS incompatibility problems in DaVinci Resolve, the solution is to transcode the MTS files to ProRes or DNxHD before editing. They work smoothly in Resolve. To process video conversion, third party converter is required. Considering the ease of use and excellent output quality, HD Video Converter is a good choice. It features optimal format presets for DNxHD and ProRes, which are best suitable for use in DaVinci Resolve.
How to convert MTS clips to DaVinci Resolve preferred editing codec?
Here’s what you need
HD Video Converter
MTS and Davinci Resolve workflow – how to convert MTS video to Davinci Resolve editable format?
Step 1: Start up HD Video Converter as an MTS Converter for DaVinci Resolve. When its main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ to input your source media.
Step 2: Choose output format for DaVinci Resolve
To convert MTS video to DNxHD for DaVinci Resolve, you can from ‘Profile’ bar, select ‘Avid DNxHD (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
To encode MTS video to ProRes 422 for DaVinci Resolve, you can choose ‘Final Cut Pro’ > ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as target format.
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 MTS video to DNxHD/ProRes 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 DaVinci Resolve with optimum performance.
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