AVCHD Editing Guide for Novice- Convert Sony CX520V mts to Presentation
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"Urgent please! I am making a school video presentation but I recorded from a HD camera (Sony Handycam CX520V)...it captured in AVCHD format but I can't play it on my computer or convert it. Someone please help! It was such a good movie, and my school project is due in 8 hours!"
As a training consultant and media producer, I use lots of tools for multimedia processing. Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas should be the top video editors for professionals, but for novice and people that want but cutting and encoding AVCHD contents, I would recommend the Pavtube Media Magician. It features basic video editing capacity and servers as a "nice camcorder assistant manager, lossless camcorder video joiner, MTS/ M2TS/ MXF/ MOV/ MKV/ TiVo/ WMV/ AVI/ MPG converter and editor, and efficient camcorder video uploader for YouTube". Most important, it keeps perfect audio and video sync.
Here I demonstrate the simple steps for AVCHD editing with Media Magician. Hope it helps video editing beginners get started with AVCHD clipping and editing for education presentation and home film. If you work on OS X, get Media Magician for Mac for your computer. The steps are almost the same.
AVCHD Editing Guide: from Camera recordings to Presentation
Step 1. Connect your camcorder (say Sony Handycam CX520V) to PC/Mac with USB 2.0 cable, or use a card reader to connect Flash Memory card to computer. Download AVCHD videos from camcorder to computer with Media Magician. Run Pavtube Media Magician and the app will automatically detect your Sony Handycam CX520V AVHCD camcorder. Follow the wizard to import/back up AVCHD .m2ts video to Media Magician library.
Step 2. Edit videos in timeline. Drag and drop the AVCHD videos from library to timeline. Here you can remove unwanted .m2ts, trim AVHCD video by frame-accurate, put them into the right order for merging into one film and set special effects (3D effect included).
Step 3. Choose "Output" on the top of main interface to switch it to output interface. In output interface you can set common video format (AVI, WMV, MOV, etc) for using in presentation, authoring DVD, uploading to YouTube, and exporting to iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, etc. There are also intermediate codec for further editing in Adobe and Avid software, which I like.
Step 4. Choose a format for school presentation. For importing Sony Handycam footage to Keynote, follow the steps to use proper format:
1. Move your mouse to Common Format tab, click on it.
2. Select "AVI", "MP4" or "MOV" format.
3. Set desired quality in av parameters. For instance, to export SD video, you can set Video "Size" to "640*480" and bitrate to "1000kbps". For better quality, set "Size" to "1280*720" and "Bitrate" "2000kbps" or above.
Tip: For people who feel like compressing Sony AVCHD video to iPad or Android device, choose "Device" tab and select respective preset for your device. There are hundreds of presets for different tablets, smartphones and various kinds of media players.
Step 5. Convert educational videos to AVI/WMV for slideshow. Press the plus sign to add task for conversion. Select the task(s) and click on the triangle sign to start encoding Sony Handycam CX520V M2TS video to AVI/WMV common file type.
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