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Learn how to work with a video in AVCHD converted to HDV

Learn how to work with a video in AVCHD converted to HDV By czmax - Last updated on Sunday, October 28, 2012
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Edition, Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Edition  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Saturday, June 18, 2011
Created on Saturday, June 18, 2011 7:42 AM

You purchased a new camcorder that records in AVCHD and your PC is having trouble working with the captured video (Studio 12 and above, Avid Studio as well as or new Studio versions) ? When you view the video, there are delays and jerks that make your life difficult ? This tutorial may be a solution to your frustration.


  1. One solution may be for you to buy a far more powerful PC and move to 64bit machine using Windows Seven. But what if your finances do not allow for such spending and your credit cards are already overheating ?
  2. While waiting for better days, you can move to HDV by rendering your captured source video. It's very simple to do and the quality loss is very low, if not imperceptible. Your video work will becomes much more fluid and the delays and jerks are gone (you must have a PC that is less than 10 years old)

Anyway, it does not affect your AVCHD video and you can start with a piece of video and test to see if it suits you.

Step 1 : File settings - Parameters

"Setup" / "Project Preferences" adjust the "Project Format" as "Set in the first clip from the project".

  1. First you must open a new project and you put your captured video on the Time line of Studio or any part of the AVCHD video.
  2. When this is done, select Make Movie (1) and then File (2) as shown on the left side. Next select Settings (3) as shown below: 
File settings - AVCHD to HDV 
  1. Under the File Tab select the drop-down box for “File Type” and then select MPEG-2 (4), then go to “Preset”  and select HDV2 1080i (5) as shown below: 

AVCHD to HDV: make file


Step 2 : Make a rendering and work with your video
  1. OK to close the window and to start the rendering process; please take note of the location of the file. The computation time depends on your PC’s performance and length of the video, a one hour video may take several hours to render.
  2. When finished, right click the file and drive then ask for scene detection; then you open a new project being set up for Project Format (6) "Set in the first clip from the project" or use for new projects: "HD 1440x1080/50i"; it'll just take your editing in HDV and create your movie.

AVCHD to HDV: Project format - Create file

If you select “Create File” and get an error message, you may be required to go to “Setup”, the “Project Preferences” then adjust the “Project Format” as shown (6).  Save your new settings and select “Create File”.  You may still get the same error message however, the format selected is HDV2.  It is an similar to what is done with DVD in 16/9: this type of DVD has the picture in the same format as the 4/3 (720*576) but on the TV screen the pictures appear as rectangular instead of square. The HDV2 is the format utilized by all consumer HDV camcorders.

So try it, and keep us informed of your success 

{Thanks to Ron for the translation work}

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Gert Oskar Reitner By # Gert Oskar Reitner @ Saturday, June 18, 2011 8:22 PM
Many thanks for the English Version of this very informative Tutorial !!

TonyP By # TonyP @ Saturday, June 18, 2011 11:16 PM
Wonderful easy to use tutorial that will go a long ways in making editing this new format easier. Yes, you will have to render (it can be done over night... turn of screen saver and other power saving options and just turn off your monitor), but the time you will save, along with the frustration of waiting for things to render will make it worth while. At least give it a try.

Graham By # Graham @ Sunday, June 19, 2011 4:07 PM
Love the new format.I like the use of numbers and the translation was right on.Hopefully I won't need this as I did get a new machine.

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