Lightroom 4 AVCHD Import Issue with Mountain Lion

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Anyone tried to import AVCHD video files from SD card in Moutain Lion? It seemed that the AVCHD folders are now seen by ML as a package, so LR no longer see the individual .mts files. Right now only iPhoto import properly. Anyone else running into this issue? Work around?
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RPWALTERS

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I have the same problem with my MTS workflow using Elgato Turbo264. I used to pull specific MTS files into a folder for processing, then re-encode them. I haven't figured out any way to put the individual files into a folder without importing the entire camcorder package each time. I think the problem is that they are now handled by Quicktime directly.
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Well there is a work around in my case, but it is a bit aqward. Open the AVCHD folder to the desktop using USB. Click the AVCHD package, then ACTION and show Package Contents. Do the same for the BDMV package. That will open the camcorder folder. Click STREAM and that shows all the MTS files, which can individually be Copy and Pasted to a different folder. Certainly not an elegent solution, but it works. Quicktime still cannot display MTS files, so you'll have to default to VLC, or some other player to view them.

I managed to crash finder figuring this out. Probably had to much running.

Hope this helps you!
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Yeah I also found the same work around, but it's so klugey it defeats the point of having LR being the central repository for all my photo and videos. I wish there's a way to turn off OSX seeing AVCHD folders as packages.
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Keith Ives

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After updating my iMac operating system to Mountain Lion Lightroom 4.1 does not recognise AVCHD video at import stage, this applies to files on SD cards or files all ready stored on hard disk.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
AVCHD video import & Mountain Lion.
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I have the same problem. It looks like the Mac-Adobe war is heating up. You can import them into FCPX, but you may not have that app. I understand they will also import into iMovie - another workaround. I use Elgato Turbo.264HD, which is a neat little USB plug-in, that will import from the camcorder, allow you to trim and stitch the clips and fast encode all to MPG4. I believe they have a SW only version that is slower, but still should work the same. Looks like this is the best way for me because of the way they are treating MTS files. The other issue is the Quicktime will still not play MTS and you have to use VLC to do that.
There are AVCHD converters available, but they are very slow.
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Keith Ives

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My objective was to catalogue AVCHD video in LR4, I have been able to find a temporary solution until Adobe find a more elegant solution.
Since the LR4 import window does not recognise the new AVCHD package I start in Finder and ignore the LR import window.
ML now repackages the AVCHD file so I click through the file structure down to the MTS level by clicking on "open package contents" at each stage.
Once at the MTS file level I click on the first MTS clip and then click on "open with application" and choose LR4. The LR4 Import window opens as normal showing all clips in file.
I find this method works OK for SD card or for copies on hard disk.

I hope Adobe fix LR4 soon.
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I can still access the AVCHD from a Sony NEX5 by right-clicking on the file in ? in the finder and choosing "show package contents" and repeating that until I find the files in ?.
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Apple should fix their behaviour and arrogance first and then maybe Adobe will need to fix something.
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I use the following workaround:



  1. open a terminal


  2. change to the card-volume
    cd /Volumes/SDCARD-XY/


  3. create a symbolic link to the stream folder
    ln -s PRIVATE/AVCHD/BDMV/STREAM/ avchd-stream


  4. now you can tell Lightroom import to scan all folders or klick on the avchd-stream directory.


  5. you have to do that for every card you use