I do not transcode my AVCHD footage, I edit native AVCHD with PPRO CS5. On the desktop and laptop I have a raid (external on laptop). This guarantees enough throughput so there are no dropped frames during editing.
I have a procedure that has not failed me..... First, I label the memory cards with a number. Once I shoot a project, I take that memory card out of circulation until ~2 weeks after the BluRay or DVD is "accepted", and only then is the memory card re-initialized by the camera and placed back into rotation..
When I'm done shooting I copy the disk in total to the computer that will be editing the footage..... However, to keep things relatively organized, I first create a folder describing the useage of the footage...
For example, I'll create a folder: "Vacation Disk 1" . The card used was disk 1, so I have a reference to which card is which folder, then copy the memory card in total below that...
This way, I may have: "Vacation Disk 1" "Vacation Disk 2", "Racetrack Disk 1", "Racetrack Disk 2", etc. all on the same hard drive at once.. While I'm importing during editing, this gives you a heads up as to what is for which project.
Hope this makes sense... Does for me....
P.P.S. External Raid for laptop wasn't as expensive as it may sound....
3Gb ESata Express card off eBay $9
Bytecc 3Gb Sata/USBV2 Raid enclosure $40 (Use Sata interface for speed, USB interface convenient, but slow)
2 'on sale' 7200 rpm laptop 3Gb Sata drives $95
(Raptest says 105MB Read, 94MB Write using a Dell Inspiron 1720 & W7-64-- 4Gb Ram)
Originally Posted by lenonhonorfilms
Thanks this helps a lot. Another question I have is, what process do you go to export your recordings from the camcorder to your computer? Do you use the bundled software? Or do you know of a more efficient way of transferring files?