Tips&tricks on editing Canon C100 MTS videos in Premiere

Summary: You may encounter problems while importing Canon C100 MTS videos into Premiere. Read this article below and you will know how to edit Canon C100 MTS in Premiere without problem.



The EOS C100 compact digital camera is one of the most famous camera in Canon's Cinema EOS line, following the design concept of the EOS C300 with new features that not included in the C300. Unlike the C300 and the C500 in the Cinema EOS family, the C100 records footage in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 compressed AVCHD format instead of MXF container. Here comes the key problem that users can not import AVCHD files from C100 into Premiere or other NLEs for further editing.  

"Hi! Have just gotten the first footage from the Canon C100 and was eager to edit it in Premiere CC. However, while importing MTS videos into Premiere, I get the following error: The file has an unsupported compression type. Does that mean Premiere can not handle Canon C100 MTS files? How do I do?"

This is problematic for sure. In fact, most of these problems are due to users not importing footage properly. Here are some tips for Canon C100 users to check:
1:  Copy the entire card and its file structure to your media drive.
2:  Ingest the files via the Media Browser NOT via File > Import or by dragging the files into the Project panel.

If you still can not transfer Canon C100 MTS clips into Premiere followed above tips and wanna get a fluent C100 and Premiere editing workflow, you are advised to encode C100 MTS into MPEG-2, the most friendly video format for Premiere, with a powerful third party program-Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. With this professional video converter program, you can effortlessly transcode MTS to Premiere friendly movie format like MPEG-2, MOV without issue. Besides Adobe Premiere output, this software can also export Apple ProRes, AIC, DNxHD for Final Cut Pro, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer and more NLE systems. If you are a PC user, Brorsoft Video Converter Windows version is the alternative choice. Below is the detailed guide on converting Canon C100 MTS clips to Premiere Pro friendly videos for smoothly playback and editing.

How to Import Canon C100 MTS clips into Premiere

Step 1: Launch the MTS to Premiere Pro Converter and click "Add File" button to locate the .mts file(s) you want to add. Or you can drag&drop the MTS files into program directly.



Step 2: 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: Go to "Settings" page to adjust the frame rate, bitrate, video size, etc to meet your needs.

Step 3: Click the big "Convert" button at the bottom right corner to finish encoding MTS to MPG, MOV for Adobe Premiere Pro CS5/CS6/CC on Mac OS X.

When the conversion is done, you can find the output files by clicking "Open" button on the main interface, then you can transfer the encoded Canon C100 MTS files to your Premiere Pro to play and edit without any issue.

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