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Transferring Footage from Cameras


You can transfer footage from an SD card by inserting it into a card slot on a computer, or by using a USB card reader. The iMacs in the editing lab have built-in card reader slots. If you are using your personal computer and do not have a card slot, you can check out a USB card reader from the equipment checkout.

Folder Hierarchy

Before you import, use the folder hierarchy displayed below! This ensures that your project files are well organized so that both you and Premiere can find them. Make sure to save your project on your personal computer, on the Media Server, or on an external hard drive.

AVCHD File Format

Cameras that use the AVCHD file format (like the Canon XA10) require a few steps to transfer video footage to a computer.

For Mac Users

  1. Once the SD card shows up on the Desktop, double click to open it.
  2. Right click the file marked AVCHD.
  3. Select Show Package Contents.
  4. Right click the file marked BDMV.
  5. Click Show Package Contents.
  6. Open the folder marked STREAM.
  7. Selecting a clip and pressing the spacebar on your keyboard will allow you to preview a video, which can help in determining which files you want to transfer.
  8. Drag the clips to where you want to store them.

For PC Users

  1. Once the SD card shows up on the desktop, double click to open it.
  2. Open the file marked PRIVATE.
  3. Open the folder marked AVCHD (Do NOT copy this file off of the card unless you want to copy all of the footage captured on the camera).
  4. Open the folder marked BDMV.
  5. Open the folder marked STREAM.
  6. View your clips by double clicking on them to see which ones you want to transfer.
  7. Drag the clips to where you want to store them.


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