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Im looking at getting a new HD Digital Camcorder. The one im looking at uses a AVCHD video format which im not familiar with. Will i have trouble finding editing and exporting apps for mac that can handle AVCHD? Does iMovie support it?
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iMovie im not sure about, but Final Cut Express does. I think the latest version is v4 and one of the new features is its AVCHD capabilities.
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iMovie 08, Final Cut Express 4, and Final Cut Pro 6 all are designed to handle AVCHD. BUT, as this Macworld article indicates, it is still a bit of an issue. Voltaic HD is a third party tool that may be helpful where the above have incompatibilities.

I'd suggest you narrow down your camera choice and then research those specific cameras for compatibility.

A side note; AVCHD gets converted when imported to the Apple Intermediate Codec.

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You have done a good question, its really interesting. If you get any good reply, so please let me know. So Ill also get some good idea.
Thanks for your future help.
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I've recently purchased a Canon HF100 (AVCHD) and love it. The advantage is that you can archive the AVCHD directory off the flash on a a DVD (as long as you don't exceed the DVD size.) It is cool because the AVCHD DVD can be played in full HD on a BlueRay player or Sony PS3.

Although there are plenty of Mac or PC based AVCHD editors (FCP, FCE, iMovie 08), they only import and convert the file for a intermediate QT file. Since it uses very low compression, a 3GB video blows up to 30 GB. It slows down the encoding process significantly when you compare it to SD.

The Mac does not play the AVCHD .mts file directly! Canon provides no video software. Although AVCHD is .h264 based, it is not the typical MP4 .H264 file format. It is a stream and therefore Quicktime can not play it. You can to locate a player which is virtually non existant for now. VLC can play some AVCHD, but it has not been fully debugged. Oxygen player exists for PC. Turns out that the latest TOAST Titanium 9 includes a AVCHD player, but it only play individual AVCHD .MTS files. It won't play all clips in the play list. When Toast Titanium 9 gets debugged, it will be a must have software since it should burn AVCHD DVD and BlueRay disk.

And last, HD editing really taxes the computer heavily. My MB can't play the .MTS file using the Toast player. It barely plays the HD .h264 MP4 files under Qt. Rendering / compressing is still disappointing slow on my Mac Pro 2.88gHz. It also requires alot of disk space. But the end product is worth it.


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iMovie 08, Final Cut Express 4, and Final Cut Pro 6 all are designed to handle AVCHD. BUT, as this Macworld article indicates, it is still a bit of an issue. Voltaic HD is a third party tool that may be helpful where the above have incompatibilities.

I'd suggest you narrow down your camera choice and then research those specific cameras for compatibility.

A side note; AVCHD gets converted when imported to the Apple Intermediate Codec.
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Im looking at getting a new HD Digital Camcorder. The one im looking at uses a AVCHD video format which im not familiar with. Will i have trouble finding editing and exporting apps for mac that can handle AVCHD? Does iMovie support it?
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I was told that you can use this program to edit my avchd files, then i can burnt those files to a standard dvd which will only read in my ps3. Is this true, again it is edited, music, transitions added, etc... how do i do it, being that idvd has to burn the dvd.
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