Best Workflow for Sony AVCHD in Premiere CC 2015

Meet issues while importing Sony AVCHD videos to Premiere CC 2015? Follow this article, you will learn how to edit Sony .mts AVCHD files in Premiere without any issue.

Q: “I heard Sony AVCHD is supposed to work in Premiere Pro CC. I’m importing the SD Card folder via the media browser. Sometimes it works fine and other times I have frame skips and playback errors. Why does this sometimes happen and not always. I’ve heard some people transcode to Pro Res on their Mac. I have an iMac 17 with 8GB of ram and a SSD external that I store my media on. It should be fast enough for AVCHD files right?” (from

A: AVCHD files are very small. they are limited by CPU decoding resources. When you go to a larger, less compressed format, you have to playback more mb/sec. The simple way to make Sony AVCHD videos compatible with Premiere is to encode Sony MTS videos to Premiere friendly codec like ProRes or MPEG-2 with a professional third party program.

With the help of Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, you can effortlessly transcode Sony MTS to MPEG-2 or MOV, which will create an Adobe Premiere friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides Premiere, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie and more NLE systems for native editing. For PC user, Brorsoft MTS Converter is designed for you. Now, download the software and follow the guide below to start conversion.

Tutorial: Convert Sony MTS clips for Premiere editing

Step One: Set up and run the best MTS Converter on Mac (Macos Sierra included), and click Add to load your source AVCHD footage from Sony camcorder to the program.

Step Two: Click “Format” pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.

Tip: Before conversion, you can go to “Settings” page to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step Three: Click “Convert” button; this top Sony AVCHD Converter will start transcoding Sony MTS files to MPEG-2 for Premeire CC 2015 immediately.

Once the conversion completes, you can click “Open” button to get the generated .mpg files for Adobe easily. Then, it would be easy to import and edit Sony MTS/M2TS footage with Premeire Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4.