Originally Posted by Paul Fort
Im just trying to convey that your Vegas PRo 8 should open thes files without the need for PMB at all. But give it a try if it works than
Actually, This is quite incorrect
! If you read the help file on how to put AVCHD files from the camera hard drive it will give you a step by step process.
You must set up a new project preferences to use DD5.1 That would be your first step with Vegas. Go to File / new and select audio tab and set it to DD5.1 on the master bus. Unless you do that every clip with DD5.1 meta data and audio channels will come up as DD2.0.
Specifically, DO NOT drag and drop the files you see on the camera hard drive to your computer drive in windows explorer even though this is quite possible. It will not work for Vegas.
Instead, you need to use the Sony PMB properly by selecting your video files in the camera HD and then move them to a "REGISTERED" folder on your computer. Once there the second necessary step is to analyze the clips. This takes a bit longer. The whole process takes much less time than real time, however. Once you do this, open Vegas Explorer tab and navigate to the folder where you analyzed those video clips and they should be present as .m2ts files. Now you can drag and drop the files to the Vegas timeline or open them in the trimmer for editing. It has been my experience this week that the editing of these AVCHD clips works better than the mp2 clips I shoot and capture with my HVR Z1U.
According to the Sony rep if you are using a Canon HD camcorder and want to import those files to Vegas, you woulod follow the same process but substitute the Canon software to import the files from the Canon to your computer.
The camera hard drive contains several folders with information about the video as well as the video itself. If you delete some of these files the camcorder may not work properly. Instead use the Sony applications to perform any task with the camera.
The file that resides on the camcorder hard drive is an mts file. This is not recognizable by Vegas.
The Sony PMB utility will build the proper file set for Vegas recognition.
Each video clip will arrive and be ready for Vegas as 3 files- *.m2ts; *.moff; and *.modd. When you use the files in Vegas your project may also contain some vegas meta data files that tell Vegas what you did with it in the timeline. The *.m2ts is the main video file in AVCHD. I won't guarantee that all other edit systems will recognize this Sony file but I know if you work with the package that is designed to work well together and you follow the process, the work flow, Sony has designed you can complete the project from shooting to DVD and play it in your blu Ray player! I have done it. I got the process simply by reading the help files.
BTW- I discovered a bug I will be reporting to Sony team in the Vegas 8b. It's no biggie but normally in Vegas when you float the mouse over a video or still file it will pop up the first fraqme in the preview monitor. With these m2ts files this does not work. You have to drag them into the timeline to see them on the monitor. Since the files are convereted by the PMB to a meaningless string of numbers, it is a problem to find the clip you want.
OK- Here's a work around I did for those of you who don't like to do things the way you are supposed to.
Go to the folder where you dragged and dropped your *.mts files and simply change the extension to m2ts. Once you do that, the file will be visible and it will plop down in the timeline and the DD5.1 master bus will be populated with the tracks. I just did it. I won;t guarantee this will work on everything but I know it works in the file I just tried. Have fun.