Good Video Editing Program for Canon's MTS Files

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#1

Hi there. I just wanted to share my experience on selecting a suitable video editing program for use with the Canon HF S100. For the past two months, I have been trying to edit 4 hours of HD vacation footage taken by my Canon ( recorded at 1920x1080, 24MBS, MTS File ) and burn them onto blu ray disc. Needless to say, it has been a gigantic learning experience and frustrated moments.

I have tried so many programs, waited hours for rendering, went thru tons of video comparisons, and read so many other forums. What I have concluded, and decided to redo my project( after a somewhat lengthy relationship with Corel Video Studio Pro ) on Cyberlink Power Director. Though I have not tested other popular programs such as Vegas or Adobe, by far, Cyberlink is the best program for I need and my budget.

The root of the problem is the MTS File format within AVCHD. This is the raw file produced by most of these Canon Camcorders. Not many programs can handle its complex nature and MTS looks bad when converted to other formats, not to mention the preview screen are often choppy and freezes. After editing my project, I found out the only format that have work well is MPEG 2 ( and maintain the 1920x1080 Full HD ). In particular, MPEG 2 specifically processed from Cyberlink. The HD video after rendering was stunning ! The same converted files from Corel Video Studio looked great but there were still some " pixelation " on the images, aside from the other program issues. I’ve also notice that rendering is way faster in Cyberlink. Please also keep in mind that your computer and graphics card must also be up to par. Again, I am still a newbie and would like to learn more about this process.:rolleyes:


#2

Is it fairly easy to learn for a beginner. Can I download directly from the camera (Cannon HD10) hard drive and save on my computer?

Thanks


#3

I too have found the *.mts format a right pain to edit. I tried SONY VAGAS PRO but it would render the files into some monsterous sizes, too big to handle in *.avi HD. Typically the Canon produces about 1.05MB / sec raw data, try to edit say 50MB with Vagas and it would generate a file some 1.8 GB…totally stupid.
I cannot recommend Vagas to anyone…do NOT waste your money!

I incidentally found that my playback is jumping and jerky when I use a DELL laptop to download. Pull the charger lead out and use battery power on the DELL, it they plays back smooth. It’s something to do with the quickset.exe running on the DELL. On battery power its all OK.

My next acquisition is to be CYBERLINK after reading up about it, shall let all know how I fare!!


#4

[QUOTE=teaboy1;2540301]I too have found the *.mts format a right pain to edit. I tried SONY VAGAS PRO but it would render the files into some monsterous sizes, too big to handle in *.avi HD. Typically the Canon produces about 1.05MB / sec raw data, try to edit say 50MB with Vagas and it would generate a file some 1.8 GB…totally stupid.
I cannot recommend Vagas to anyone…do NOT waste your money!

I incidentally found that my playback is jumping and jerky when I use a DELL laptop to download. Pull the charger lead out and use battery power on the DELL, it they plays back smooth. It’s something to do with the quickset.exe running on the DELL. On battery power its all OK.

My next acquisition is to be CYBERLINK after reading up about it, shall let all know how I fare!![/QUOTE]

This post is rather old. But since then, i have upgraded to a super computer with a premium graphics card. That has solved many of my prblems. Can’t use a laptop to edit!


#5

Thanks alexpho and teaboy1 for the great advice on Canon, exactly the advice I need. I have Cyberlink, so will give it a try as you recommend.


#6

I still continue to use my DELL laptop to attempt edit tasks, its a DELL XPS quad 2.88GHz with NVIDIA graphics card. Its not a normal weedy pc but can kick some serious butt if required…this 'aint my problem…my problem is still the fact that Sony Vagas is aimed at Sony products. My CANON can do all I wish but the Sony software dont 'arf mess up my rendered files to about 1000 bigger than they should be for YT. The DELL runs WIN7 without too much trouble- well none actually- and Sony Vagas runs perfectly except when I render any files to *.avi…then it multiplies everything by 1000!!
I shall try to render to MPEG2 next trial and see what happens.

Still think CYBERLINK is the way to go at moment…!!..but Pinnacle also gets some good reviews.

If you check out the tube, you will see some *.avi files where the format ratio has been ruined by YT. These were *.mts files but rendered to *.avi files. As an alternative I now send *.mts direct to YT and these are reproduced exactly as shot raw footage.

I would like to edit *.mts and save as *.mts but not yet mastered how to achieve this. Not tried Sony Vagas to burn to DVD yet