Monday, April 12, 2010

Video Editing Workflow using Blender with AVCHD Files

My Canon HF20 high-definition video camera creates AVCHD files with an extension of .MTS. I am using Blender as my video editor. My operating system is Ubuntu 9.10. This blog entry is to document my workflow.

Blender does not handle AVCHD files well. The only solution I've found to work is to convert the video files into images and add the images to Blender as image sequences. Here is the mkdir and ffmpeg commands I use to convert the video files to jpg images.
mkdir /tmp/00034
ffmpeg -i 00034.MTS 00034/image%d.jpg

Here is the command I use to play back the video during and after rendering.
mplayer -vo vdpau  -vc ffh264vdpau -fps 60 -geometry 800x450 /tmp/0001_6579.avi

Here is a a video I created using this method. The video demos my Top 10 Android Live Wallpapers.

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