Edit Canon HF200 AVCHD footage in Sony Vegas Pro

Canon Vixia HF200 is not a new camcorder although, there are still many issues around it when users importing and editing its footage in NLEs. I thought Sony Vegas Pro supports the AVCHD format that this camera shoots in but as it turns out, Vegas can’t work the MTS files from Canon HF200 natively. So I was wondering if there is a method to load Canon HF200 MTS into Sony Vegas without losing quality.

I have scoured the internet, tried everything I could find, and have a decent solution. If you are just facing the issues while editing Canon HF200 MTS in Sony Vegas Pro(no matter Vegas Pro 11/12/13), read on to get the most efficient solution.

As you know, Canon HF200 records videos using an AVCHD codec for easy integration in existing production workflows. Although the Sony Vegas Pro 11 above offers much better native AVCHD support than its predecessor, there are still some video, audio codec problems while importing/editing AVCHD MTS clips in Sony Vegas. Plus, even the Sony Vegas Pro can ingest your MTS files directly, it takes a long time for rendering. The best way to import Canon HF200 MTS to Vegas Pro avoiding any problems and saving time is to transcode Canon HF200 MTS footage into a Sony Vegas most compatible format like MPEG-2.

To get the work done easily, here Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter, as the best video converter for Canon HF200 is highly recommended. With it, you can transcode C100 .MTS to MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas, WMV for Windows Movie Maker, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer…, which will save you both time and trouble. And all you need is to drag the result videos for playing & editing. Now the following article will show you how to transcode Canon HF200 AVHD to Sony Vegas Pro editable format in detail.

Steps to convert Canon HF200 MTS videos to Sony Vegas Pro MPEG-2 format

1. Import MTS to the converter

Run the MTS converter and click the Add button to import the MTS videos from HF200 or hard drive to be converted. The converter supports converting multiple files at a time.

2. Choose output format

Click “Format” bar to determine output format. Follow “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” and select “MPEG-2(*.mpg)” as the output format. Besides, you can also choose WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv) if you want to get a relatively smaller output file.

3. Start Canon HF200 MTS conversion

Hit the big Convert button on bottom of the main windows and the conversion from Canon HF200 MTS to MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas Pro will begin immediately.

Additional Tips:
a. Adjust audio and video settings

The best MTS to Sony Vegas Converter enables users to adjust audio and video settings before transcoding AVCHD files. Click “Settings” button, then you will enter the following interface, on which you are allowed to customize size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel to your required ones.

b. Basic video editing (optional)

This AVCHD converter enjoys a built-in video editor, so you can touch up the video with basic video editing functions. The supported video editing operations are: Trimming, cropping, appending artistic visual effects, adding watermarks and load subtitles to the videos. Just note that this step is skippable if you want to keep the original video effects.

Once the conversion is done, you can click “Open” button get the output files. Now you have got it right. Just to import and edit Canon Vixia HF200 MTS with Sony Vegas Pro 10/11/12/13 with ease.

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Using Sony a7 II XAVC S in Avid Media Composer

As a photography enthusiast, you may just get a Sony a7 II. In addition to highly detailed stills with smooth gradations, the a7II now has access to the high-bit-rate XAVC S format with 60p, 30p, and 24p recording options, all at 50 Mbps. However, if you want to import Sony a7 II XAVC S to Avid Media Composer for editing the movies, you may find the high quality XAVC S format is not recognized by Avid. So what’s the matter? And what’s the available workflow for Sony a7 II and Avid Media Composer?

Generally, we can try Sony’s AMA plugin to import some videos like MXF, MTS to Avid for editing. But when we tried AMA, the plug-in does not seem to support XAVC-S. Well, XAVC S codec is a new one, and is not widely supported, including Avid Media Composer 4/5/6/7/8. To make the Sony a7 II XAVC S files compatible with Avid MC, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC S to DNxHD, which ensures best results when using in Avid Media Composer. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users make the XAVC S to DNxHD .mov transcoding on Mac OS X(Yosemite and Mavericks included).

With it, you effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC S footage shot from Sony a7 II to Avid MC highly compatible DNxHD MOV, ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Avid Media Composer. Besides, its also exports advanced encoders like Apple Intermediate Codec, Apple ProRes, MPEG-2, etc. allowing you to convert video to seamlessly fit iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, etc. If you are handle XAVC S files on Windows PC, please get Video Converter. Below are the steps on converting XAVC S to DNxHD for Avid.

Converting Sony a7 II XAVC S for Editing in Avid Media Composer

Step 1: Import XAVC S videos

Install and run the XAVC S to DNxHD Converter on your Mac, then run it. Click on “Add”, and browse your files; select all the XAVC S files you wanna convert. If you want to combine all the files together for easy importing to Avid, please tick the box “Merge into one” on the main interface.

Step 2: Choose DNxHD as output format

You just need to go to “Avid Media Composer -> DNxHD (*.mov)” as the best video format for editing XAVC S in Avid with good video quality.

Tips: Adjust video, audio settings

Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and more.

Step 3: Start XAVC S to DNxHD conversion

After all necessary settings, hit the convert button to start encoding XAVC S to Avid DNxHD on Mac OS X. Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing Son a7 II XAVC S in Avid Media Composer 5/6/7/8 smoothly.

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How to convert TiVo to Plex Media Server

I have a PLEX server in the house. Download some TV shows from my TiVo and I want to stream them via Plex for playback. As far as I know, Plex can’t handle TiVo format. Native video support is typically (but not always) limited to the MP4 container, H.264 video encoding, and AAC audio. So I am looking for a software program that will convert TiVo shows to Plex Media Server compatible file type.

TiVo is an encrypted video format, that’s why few media players can play it well and some freeware can’t handle it. To get the work done, I found more than one people recommend Brorsoft Video Converter to encode TiVo to Plex.

Overall, this video app works as the best software to change TiVo into Plex preferred MP4 video with least quality loss. Besides converting TiVo, it can also help you encode/re-encode almost all 1080p/720p HD videos including AVI, MKV, VOB, MPG, MOV MTS etc. to Plex Media Server for streaming to meet your different needs. If you are running on Mac, please turn to its equivalent Mac version Video Converter for Mac. Download it now and follow the tips below to convert TiVo to Plex Media Server easily.

How to play TiVo files via Plex Media Server

Step 1. Load TiVo shows

Launch the ideal TiVo to Plex Converter. Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your TiVo files to the program. (Drag&Drop function is included.)

Tip: When first loading, Brorsoft TiVo Converter will ask you to input your Media Access Key. Simply enter your Media Access Key, and click “OK” to confirm.

Step 2. Select output format

Click “Format” and choose MP4 from “Common Video” as output format, the most compatible video format for Plex.

Tip: Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction. With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original videos while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality.

Step 3. Start converting TiVo to Plex

Finally, hit the “Convert” button at the bottom of the main interface to start the conversion. It will automatically convert TiVo files to Plex Media Server compatible video files with the best quality.

After the conversion, click “Open” to quickly find the converted movies. Then, Plex Media Server will recognize, play and stream these TiVo recordings beautifully.

Additional Tips: If you haven’t got TiVo files ready on your PC, follow the steps: Launch TiVo Desktop software on your PC. Connect TiVo to your home network, and then the TiVo Desktop will provide you with a list of shows for transferring to your PC. Then please transfer the TiVo TV shows you want to PC. Once all the shows you selected have been downloaded from your TiVo, they will appear in the Now Playing list in TiVo Desktop.

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Importing Panasonic DMC-CM1 4K into FCP 7

Panasonic DMC-CM1, a large-sensor camera smartphone, can capture 4K video recording at 15fps, as well as Full HD recording at 30fps. I’ve got a Panasonic DMC-CM1, what I want is to work with the 4K files from DMC-CM1 in FCP 7. So my problem is will Final Cut Pro 7 support 4K files? Is it possible to edit Panasonic DMC-CM1 4K in FCP 7 natively?

A little searching turns out the result. Granted, Final Cut Pro(FCP X 10.1.) and above can support 4K files without much problem; while, the old version FCP X or Final Cut Pro 6/7 is not able to deal with 4K well(Currently 1080p is the primary delivery format for FCP). Thus, to use Panasonic CM1 4K files in Final Cut Pro 7, a suggestion is to convert DMC-CM1 4K MP4 clips to Final Cut Pro native format- ProRes.

Searching further, I found Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is what most guys recommend. Overall, this 4K video converter provides the most reliable and professional 4K solutions to all format issues including 4K MP4, 4K XAVC/XAVC S, 4K MOV, 4K MXF and more. With it, you can transcode Panasonic CM1 4K video to FCP compatible ProRes 422, 4444 without any quality loss. It comes with various format presets for 4K videos, such as DNxHD for Avid, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere. Besides, this 4K converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size like 1080p, 2K, 4K as users want. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Convert Panasonic DMC-CM1 4K video for editing in FCP 7

1. Load 4K files

Run the program you just set up. Drag and drop the 4K video files to the converter. You can also hit Add files button to import videos to the app. If you wanna combine several videos into one file, you can click the “Merge into one” box.

2. Choose output format

Click “format” bar to choose the output format. You can freely choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) for FCP.

3. Adjust video, audio settings

Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, bitrate and fame rate and mroe. Usually 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are recommended for FCP 7 editing.

3. Start converting 4K footage to FCP

Hit the convert button of the best  4K to ProRes Converter. It will start converting 4K for importing to FCP immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for natively editing Panasonic DMC-CM1 4K video in FCP 7 as well as Final Cut Pro X perfectly.

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Convert and Import OBS files to Sony Vegas

When you try to import OBS files to Sony Vegas for editing, you will find Sony Vegas always refuse to ingest OBS files, let alone to open OBS in Sony Vegas Pro perfectly for playback and editing. Let’s look at some OBS with Sony Vegas issues:

Q1: “So I recently tried recording some gameplay via the latest version of OBS using file output only, the files playback fine in VLC but when I insert them into Sony Vegas I only get a solid buzzing audio track and no video. I’ve tried changing settings, installing Quicktime, restarting Sony Vegas and my PC and still nothing works.”

Q2: “Seeing as OBS has the ability to record at such high quality I often like to use it as a screen recorder rather than a livestreamer. The only problem is that this does not work with Sony Vegas. To get to the point, when importing the recorded file into Vegas, the program will lock up as it cannot read the file.”

Are you facing the problem likewise? In the following paragraphs I will give the reason why we often failed to import Open Broadcaster Software(OBS) files to Vegas Pro and then offer the easy the solution on how to successfully edit OBS in Sony Vegas Pro 11/12/13.

As you know Open Broadcaster Software(OBS) generally can record FLV videos(MP4 is another option), but it seems that Sony Vegas Pro does not like the way. The file type is not compatible with Sony Vegas. To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode OBS to Sony Vegas natively supported formats (MPG/WMV/MOV are highly recommended). To perform the task effortlessly, you can turn to Brorsoft Video Converter, a professional yet easy-to-use video converter which helps you encode OBS files to Sony Vegas with a few clicks.

How to Import OBS files into Sony Vegas Pro

Step 1: Load original OBS recordings

Run the best  OBS to Sony Vegas Converter, and click the “Add” button to load OBS recorded videos. If you want to merge multiple clips just need to check the “Merge into one” box.

Step 2: Select output format

Click “Format” bar to determine output format. Follow “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” and select “MPEG-2(*.mpg)” as the output format. Besides, you can also choose WMV (VC-1) (*.wmv) if you want to get a relatively smaller output file.

Tip: Video/Audio quality settings

Adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., in the Profile Settings.

Step 3: Start OBS to Sony Vegas conversion

Click the convert button under the preview window, the converter will start encoding OBS clips for importing to Sony Vegas Pro.

After the conversion is finished, just click “Open” button to get the converted OBS files to Sony Vegas Pro 10/11/12/13 for further editing perfectly.

Additional Tips:

This OBS file converter can also transcode OBS recordings in .FLV, .MP4 to Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Windows Movie Maker, Pinnacle Studio, etc NLEs. Just choose a proper output format in the 2nd step.