Summary: The Adobe After Effects won’t import AVCHD MTS correctly. The easy workaround is to transcode MTS to After Effects friendly format.
I record many video clips with my Panasonic camera, clips saved as MTS. I have trouble to edit AVCHD (.mts) file in After Effects. When playing back in After Effects, the movie hops back and forth and the motion and progress is funny. How can I convert this so I can play, edit with the MTS footage in Adobe AE smoothly?
In fact, AVCHD is supported natively in Adobe After Effects since CS4. However, as you noted, there are some decoding issues with footage from certain, newer models. The workaround for now is converting the MTS footage to another format. If you Google for “AVCHD converter”, you’ll find a ton of applications that do just that. To perform a fast MTS to After Effects conversion in a lossless way, Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac is recommended here, which is outstanding in those MTS converter applications.
With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode AVCHD footage shot by Canon, JVC, Sony, Panasonic etc. cameras for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro and more. If you’re using a Windows, please turn to its equivalent Windows version – MTS/M2TS Converter, which can bring you a lossless MTS to MPEG-2 conversion on Windows for AE.
Steps to convert MTS videos to Adobe After Effects acceptable format
1. Download, install and run the MTS to After Effects Converter; click “Add Videos” icon to load your source AVCHD videos.
2. Just click “Format” menu firstly and then follow “Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas” to set MPEG format. It is the optimized format preset for After Effects.
3. Click “Settings” button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.
4. Click the convert button, it will start converting MTS for importing to After Effects immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for using in After Effects perfectly.
This professional Mac MTS converter software not only handles MTS to After Effects conversion, but also allows you to transcode MTS to FCP; convert MTS to iMovie; encode MTS to Premiere Pro, etc to meet your different needs. More than that, it can enable you to convert MTS to AVI, MP4, FLV, MOV, WMV, M4V, MKV, MPG, etc common videos for playing on media players or uploading to YouTube, Vimeo, etc websites.
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