Get Avid Media Composer to work perfectly with AVCHD footage Sony HDR-TD20V

Summary: The article explains how to get Avid Media Composer to work perfectly with AVCHD footage Sony HDR-TD20V? In this article, we will quickly walk you through the effective way to achieve it by transcoding MTS to DNxHD MOV.

It's an amazing new way to see the world with 3D. Sony Handycam HDR-TD20VE "Double Full HD" 3D camcorder packs two high-quality lenses, sensors and image processors into an easy-to-carry body. Once you experience the ultra-real results there's no going back. It utilizes two Full HD sensors to capture true 1920x1080 3D video for a more immersive 3D experience.

While enjoying the stunning HD image quality, many folks are having problems when importing Sony TD20VE 3D AVCHD footage to Avid Media Composer (even with the latest MC 6//6.5/7). If you're in such a situation, you can read on the article to learn more, which mainly shows you how to get Sony TD20VE3D mts footage and Avid Media Composer to work beautifully.

However, AVCHD contnet from Sony TD20VE is highly-compressed which are not so friendly for editing software.The Avid MC can't import the recorded 3D AVCHD video, the frame rate is so high and the codec is not friendly to Avid MC for editing. On Avid official website, it recommends DNxHD or XDCAM codec for editing, and DNxHD codec is the first choice.

To edit 3D MTS clips in Avid Media Composer smoothly, what I’ve figured out is that the best solution is to transcode Sony TD20VE MTS format to Avid most compatible format Avid DNxHD codec.

At first, Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac is highly recommended, which considered as a Mac Sony AVCHD MTS Converter for Avid, is specially developed for AVCHD camera/camcorder users to tanscode any AVCHD MTS/MTS footage to iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro,Premiere Pro, Avid, Apple Aperture 3, Kdenlive, Adobe After Effects CS6 and more similar video editing software compatible file types on Mac with least quality loss.

How to transcode Sony HDR-TD20VE 3D AVCHD MTS footage to Avid MC on Mac?

PS: Please refer to the guide "AVCHD MTS workflow on Avid MC" if you are running Windows.

Step 1. Load Sony TD20VE AVCHD MTS files.

Connect your Sony TD20VE camcorder to your Mac via USB, or insert your SD card to Mac, browser the .mts files from AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM. Load your source media from Sony Handycam camcorder or local computer which you have copied from camcorder before into Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.

Step 2. Select Output format.

Click on the "Format" bar and you would see all profile presets this Mac Sony MTS to Avid Converter provides. You are recommended to choose "Avid DNxHD (*.mov)"as output format for Avid Media Composer native importing.

Tip: You are allowed to adjust profile preset before conversion, including codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel according to your needs and optimize the output file quality. But it's better you use the default profile settings because they are the most optimized for each output devices.

Step 3. Convert Sony HDR-TD20VE AVCHD footages to DNxHD MOV.

Click the "Convert" button to start the fast transcoding Sony HDR-TD20VE MTS to MOV for Avid Media Composer on Mac.

Once finished, you could locate the generated .MOV files by clicking "Open" icon and transfer these MOV files to Avid MC for video editing on Mac.


1. If you need to know more conversion application on MTS video, such as Sony MTS to FCP, you can view Pavtube MTS column which has so many solutions.

2. If you want to watch AVCHD recording MTS videos on your widescreen TV through a regular DVD player, first you need to burn recording MTS to DVD.

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