Good codec to convert mts to for file size?

Community Beginner ,
Sep 30, 2019 Sep 30, 2019

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I have dSLR footage here that is in MTS format, and I am using macOS. I'm wondering what's a good codec to convert this to so I can edit it in Premiere? I tried Apple ProRes 422 standard and it blew up the file 10x. ProRes 422 LT was maybe around 7-8x the file size. There's a lot of footage here so i'd like to find something that's going to be gentle on filesize. 

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 01, 2019 Oct 01, 2019

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Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. Ideally, MTS format is supported inside Adobe Premiere Pro. Here's the link which shows all the supported formats for PR: https://helpx.adobe.com/in/premiere-pro/using/supported-file-formats.html

 

Are you facing any issues while using/importing MTS files in Premiere Pro?

 

Let us know. We're here to help.

 

Thanks,

Shivangi

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 02, 2019 Oct 02, 2019

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Hi Shivangi, even if MTS files are supported, my understanding is they have poor playback and editing ability, especially on Mac. Even before putting them in Premiere, MacOS has a horrible time trying to play them. I got the idea to convert them to Apple ProRes from a youtube video which advised this workflow for editing.

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Oct 03, 2019 Oct 03, 2019

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A good workflow might be creating proxies with either ProRess 422 Proxy or low-bitrate H.264, editing with those, and then replacing with the full-res MTS footage when you're ready for deliverables. You could do this with AME and manually link the full-res in Premiere, or you can actually create proxies with Premiere after importing the files into your project panel.

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