Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD MTS and Adobe Premiere workflow

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When you try to import Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD (MTS) files in your project using Premiere Pro, you could get an error message that says, “The file has an unsupported compression type.” This error can be solved via transcoding the footage to a file type that is best suitable for Premiere, such as ProRes for Mac based Premiere, and DNxHD for Windows based Premiere.

“Hello guys, are you having issues importing Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD (MTS) files directly to Premiere? I get ‘The file has an unsupported compression type’ message. Is there anything I can do to solve the issue? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in Advance.”

AVCHD support is native to PPro. Premiere should import Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD .MTS clips. But you need to copy the whole file structure of your memory card and then use Premiere’s media browser/import function to properly import them; you can’t drag and drop. If your AVCHD folder structure is lost, you have to convert the Sony DSLR-A230L MTS files first. The following guide tells the detail.

Video Converter (It is available for Mac and Windows, simply download the proper version depending on your computer’s OS.)



Part 1. How to transcode Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD .mts files for use in Adobe Premiere on Mac?

Step 1: Import Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD .mts files
Start up Video Converter for Mac and click “Add File” to load Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD .mts files that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD .mts files into it to do conversion at a time.

import AVCHD video files

Step 2: Click “Profile” to select output format.
For Mac based Premiere, we would recommend choosing “Final Cut Pro” > “Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format. The ProRes 422 codec will ensure a good balance between file size and file quality.

Select output profile format

Tips:
If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “Enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Settings for video files

Step 3: Start file conversion.
Click “Convert” to start transcoding Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD .mts files for Premiere on Mac. As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open Folder” to get the generated files for editing in Premiere Pro on your Mac with optimum performance.



Part 2. How to transcode Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD .mts files for use in Adobe Premiere on Windows?

Step 1: Import Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD .mts files.
Start up Video Converter for Windows and click “Add File” to load Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD .mts files that you need to convert into this program. This converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD .mts files into it to do conversion at a time.

import AVCHD videos

Step 2: Click “Profile” to select output format.
For Windows based Premiere, we would recommend choosing “Avid Media Composer” > “Avid DNxHD 1080p(*.mov)” as output format.

Select output profile format

Tips:
If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “Enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Settings for video files

Step 3: Start file conversion.
Click “Convert” to start transcoding Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD .mts media for Premiere on Windows. As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open Folder” to get the generated files for editing in Premiere Pro on your Windows PC with optimum performance.

That’s all. Hope this post will help those who are having issues working with Sony DSLR-A230L AVCHD .mts footage in Adobe Premiere Pro.

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