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Canon XA10 to After Effects - Edit XA10 AVCHD (mts/m2ts) files in AE CC/CS6/CS5/CS4

May 18, 2016

With following this guide, you can smoothly import and edit Canon XA10 AVCHD footage in After Effects CS6 by transcoding Canon 50p/60p .mts to AE CC, CS6, CS5, CS4 most compatible MPEG-2 video.

Q: Canon XA10 Avchd Error With After Effects Cs4 Installed ?
"I have a AVCHD camera Canon XA10 that compresses to m2ts file format. Every time I import an AVCHD file into after effects it prompts me with the error:After Effects error: Can't import (filename) : unkown filetype or extension(0 ::1)It only happens with AVCHD video files, also after I click ok on the error it lets me import it perfectly fine. But this is annoying when i'm importing multiple files. I still have CS3, CS5, CS6 on my computer, I don't know if that could cause problems?"

Although Adobe announced that After Effects natively supports AVCHD importing, and mostly you can import MTS to After Effects for editing, you'll find the movie hops back and forth, or the video quality lost when you play it as the users described as above.

Why should this happen? Let me explain it. Firstly you get to learn a bit about the MTS format. *.mts is a filename extension used for AVCHD, a high-definition recording format designed by Sony and Panasonic that uses H.264 (conforming to H.264 while adding additional application-specific features and constraints) codec. H.264 encoded MTS video is highly compressed, good for transporting, but poor for editing.In a word, if you want to make a short film from Canon XA10 AVCHD mts/m2ts footage with Adobe After Effects and prefer fluent playback, you'd better to do some work in advance. There is an easy way to fix this issue. Let's find it out here.

The best way is to convert CanonXA10 AVCHD footage to After Effects compatible format, like MOV (AVC) or MPEG-2.



Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter (a professional MTS to After Effects Converter tool) is the best choice for you. It can generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, Avid Media Composer and more. For Mac user, get Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.

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Tricks for Editing Canon XA10 AVCHD MTS/M2TS files in After Effects CS4/CS5/CS7 Smoothly

Step 1: Load source MTS footage
Copy the .mts files from Canon XA10 to your computer. Launch the MTS Converter, and you may either click "Add" button to import .mts files, or directly drag and drop the files into this program.
Choose several clips you want to merge and transcode together. Click the "Merge into one file" function.



Step 2: Select Vegas compatible format

Choose output format. This video converter offers optimized format preset for After Effects. Just click "Format" menu firstly and then follow "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas" to set MPEG-2 format.



Tip: You can adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface.

Step 3: Start conversion

Click the convert button, the AVCHD converter will start encoding Canon XA10 1080P AVCHD .mts/m2ts files to After Effects CC, CS6, CS5, CS4 immediately. After the files are converted, tap the Open button to locate the converted files and bring them into your After Effects CC, CS6, CS5, CS4, edit, export or share.

Additional Tips:

1. If you are using Mac computer, you can convert 1080 60p AVCHD footage on a Mac with Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter Mac for editing applications like Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid MC, etc.

2. For more solutions about your Canon, Sony, Panasonic etc, camera video files, please go to “Brorsoft Camcorder/Camera Importing Tips".

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