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iLife 09: AVCHD to Toast to iMovie 09 Workflow January 31, 2009

Posted by asimag in AVCHD, Video.
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Thank you

Asim

iLife 09 is here and you will be ofcourse curious to compose your first movie in it. The problem is you have got a camera which produces AVCHD format.

One simple Solution is to attach your camera with notebook, start iMovie and import movie. But I have copied all my AVCHD to folders on my notebook as I don’t have time to empty my Memory card by capturing it through iMovie.

Toast to Rescue: IMP: In Toast 10 Preference (Audio & Video) set Chapter Markers to None, otherwise your converted movies will not be visible in iMovie 09.

Fireup your Toast (Toast 9 or 10) and select convert choose the AVCHD (.mts) file or just drag and drop that file into Toast. Start the conversion, choose following setting: In Device Choose H.264 Player In Quality Choose Custom

and change the setting according to screen above. Now Start Converting. The Advantage of using Toast is two folds. First the conversion is very fast and Second the file sizes are quite small.

iMovie 09:

Import your converted movie into IMovie 09 using Import Movie Command and then start composing your movie.

Export your Movie using Share command in iMovie 09 using Large Format. (It will be automatically set for you).

VLC 0.9.2 and Toast 9 plays AVCHD smoothly on Mac September 25, 2008

Posted by asimag in AVCHD, MacBook Pro, Video.
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Yes, the latest release of VLC player and Toast 9.2 can play AVCHD footage quite smoothly, even full HD resolution. It can also de-interlace while playing. You may require core2duo computer. I have not tested it on other cpu’s.

If you need to convert AVCHD format to any other format like quicktime intermediate codec or Apples new proRes codec you can do so in Toast. The amazing part is that toast can convert real fast as compared to Voltac stand alone converter. In results toast is at least 50x faster than Voltac converter on Intel Macs.

Happy viewing.

Edit Unwanted Scenes in your Movies All for FREE (Video Cutter) June 17, 2008

Posted by asimag in MacBook Pro, OS X Leopard, Video.
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You can edit your videos any format .avi, .mov etc using Quick Time on your Mac. Just open your movie in Quick Time Player. In the timeline below you will see two small brackets. Drag them to start and end position of your cut scene and then Choose Edit->Delete from Menu. After editing your movie save it and voila in minutes you have your edited Movie.