Summary: In this article, you will know how to transcode Sony SLT-A99 MTS footage to DNxHD MOV for Avid Media Composer and Xpress Pro editing smoothly.
Question: I'm considering switching back to Avid from FCP and I'm looking for a solid tutorial for the AVCHD workflow (specifically from a A99 camera). I searched the Avid Knowledge Base and Sony's site with no luck (!). All that keeps coming up is the incredibly comprehensive EDITING AVCHD WITH FCP tutorial! Is there anything like that for Avid (including Avid Media Composer and Xpress Pro)?
SLT-A99 is designed for both professional photographers and filmmakers; the new camera shoots 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second in video mode. According our multi-testing, Avid doesn't support SLT-A99 AVCHD well, especially the 60p avchd .mts footage. This is due to the AVCHD codec is not good for Avid MC and Xpress Pro editing. Since Avid natively supported video format is Avid DNxHD, thus, you should encode Sony A99 AVCHD to Avid DNxHD codec.
Now take a look at this professional Mac Sony MTS to Avid Converter, which enables users to convert Sony A99 AVCHD to DNxHD MOV for using in Avid Media Composer an Xpress Pro directly. Follow the prompts to download install the program. Click Finish when the installation is complete, and Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac will launch automatically. Then you can follow the guide below.
1. Click "Add video" to load Sony Alpha SLT-A99 MTS video files or directly drag the files into file list. By default, the files are selected.
If you would like to join all the selected files together, check the box of "Merge into one file". You could view the files in preview window, simply highlight the file and click play button.
2. Click "Format" bar to determine output format. The program offers particular output formats for Avid. Just choose "Avid Media Composer - Avid DNxHD (.mov)".
3. If you would like to customize the video and audio parameters, you can click settings, adjust the parameters as you want, like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sampling rate, bit rate, channels.
4. Click "Convert" to start convert Sony SLT-A99 MTS clips to Avid DNxHD MOV.
You can set auto shutdown in progress window or leave it there and come back later.
After conversion, you could edit the converted videos in Avid Media Composer and Xprees Pro with best codec and format.
Note: If you are running Windows, here is a guide on How to convert AVCHD MTS to Avid Media Composer on Windows.