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Canon XA20 Avid MC format-Ingesting Convert XA20 AVCHD MTS video to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer

Summary: In this article, you can learn the best way to import and edit Canon XA20 60p AVCHD MTS to Avid Media Composer 6.5/6.0/5.5/5.0 without rendering or any other issues on Mac OS X. Find out the solution.



Canon XA20 has much to recommend it as a compact “run-and-gun” camera. It can shoot 1080 60p (50p for PAL) full HD resolution AVCHD/ MPEG-4 video. However, users find it's difficult to import 60p AVCHD clips to Avid Media Composer.

In fact, Avid doesn't do 1080p60. Very few NLE's do. Actually, 60fps at 1080 is a non-standard format and Avid only works with standard film and broadcast formats. Although, Avid MC has added some plug-ins, actually background converters for the high-definition video format AVCHD, the importing process are unbelievably slow. In order to import the Canon XA20 AVCHD to Avid MC for editing, the easy workaround is to transcode 60p MTS to Avid compatible video formats DNxHD .mov. Along with some help from a top AVCHD MTS Converter, it can be done. To help those who wanna edit MTS files in Avid Media Composer without problems, here I share with you a simple guide on how to convert Canon XA20 AVCHD clips to edit in Avid MC on Mac.

First of all, downloading the App- Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac

Overall, it’s an easy-to-use AVCHD Converter that can deal nearly all kinds of 1080p, 1080i, 720p MTS, M2TS videos. It can convert Canon XA20 MTS files natively for Avid Media Composer on Mac with the editable DNXHD codec .mov format, and then you can edit Canon XA20 60P AVCHD natively in Avid MC 5/5.5/6. Besides, this program can also transcode MTS to an editable format like ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMovie/FCE, MPEG-2 for Adobe; to a playable format like MOV, MP4, WMV, FLV, etc for putting on portable devices iPad, Apple TV, Nexus 10, Kindle Fire HD, Galaxy Tab, etc or uploading to YouTube. Of course, if you are running on Windows, turn to the MTS/M2TS Converter Windows version.

Converting Canon XA20 60p AVCHD to DNxHD .mov that Avid Media Composer 6.5/6.0/5.5/5/4 handles well:

1. Download the Mac AVCHD to Avid MC Converter, follow the prompts to install the program. Click “Add” to load Canon XA20 MTS video files or directly drag the files to the program.



2. Click “Format” bar to choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNXHD (*.mov), this format is best presetted for Avid Media Composer editing.



3. Tap Settings” button in the main interface to customize the Video Codec, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sampling rate, bit rate, channels as you want.

4. Hit the convert button under the preview window, the Mac MTS to Avid converter will start transcoding Canon .mts to Avid MC on Mac OS X immediately. Soon after the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for editing in Avid Media Composer perfectly.

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Source:Canon XA20 Workflow in Avid Media Composer on Mac