I’ve had a few people come to me over the past months who are having problems importing AVCHD files into Final Cut Pro 7 and I did a simple test today to isolate the problem. This test was done with a Canon Vixia HF S100, so I can’t say whether these results will apply to other cameras.
First, the problem:
Final Cut Pro won’t recognize certain types of AVCHD files under certain conditions. A student will shoot with the Vixia and when she or he tries to import the footage using log and transfer in Final Cut Pro either nothing will happen (no files are added to the queue) or, if the “Private” folder was selected, the following message will appear:
“‘PRIVATE’ contains unsupported media or has an invalid directory structure. Please choose a folder whose directory structure matches supported media.”