Importing video from Panasonic HDC-TM700 in CS

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I recently purchased a Panasonic HDC-TM700 Camcorder. I have not been able to find a way to successfully import a video from the camcorder to Camtasia Studio. The output format options are AVCHD or MPEG2. I get an error trying to import MPEG2. Says the format is unsupported.
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Ute Simon

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Camtasia Studio is mainly a software for screenrecording, not so for real life video. Unfortunately both formats are not supported by Camtasia Studio. Please read this thread: So you should either consider converting it to some format Camtasia can use or use another editor for these videos.
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I really find that the most bogus answer in the universe. I have the same problem. Have a new Panasonic HD video. Want to create Camtasia presso. Ready to buy if it works. And I cannot import a basic HD video????????????????????? Serriously????????????????
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John S. Richards

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AVCHD .MTS Files are compressed files and not all the same.

See Randy's conversion tip & use his GUI here.

You need to transcode .MTS to .MP4 this is seamless and will not affect your recordings. Format Factory is another tool but perhaps best for lower quality needs.

There are slight differences between OEMs and the way each records & saves and compresses .MTS files. This is the reason why .MTS is cannot be easily supported as they are not all the same.

Randy's GUI tool does 1 to 1 conversion of videos I have shot with a GH2.
Try this tip. It works!

More about MTS:
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I think our friends at Techsmith are responsible for creating a monster in the form of the impression that Camtasia is a video editor. It is not. By adding additional functionality, Techsmith has led those who are new to video into thinking that Camtasia is some sort of video Swiss Army Knife (I know, I'm mixing metaphors).

I've been in the video business for more than 20 years. Camtasia is screen recording software. It is a great tool for that job. But video editing requires the use of video editing software.

Here's another strained metaphor: if I want to drive some nails, I can use my shoe, rather than a hammer. But the hammer will do a better job, and for some nails, will work when my poor old shoe won't. Like any craft or profession, using the right tool not only gets the job done properly, it is the mark of someone who knows what he is doing.
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John S. Richards

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Camtasia might not have been a video editor a few years ago, but Camtasia Studio 8 now has an excellent set of video editing & screen recording tools.

Take a look at Shane's demo here:

See Kevin's composition tips here: That's a video editor!

There are dozens of old & newer audio, video, photo and image formats.
Understanding formats, and how to best use them is essential.

Tools are important. Video editors & Carpenters need, and use many tools.
Measure twice, cut once, still important.

Swiss Army Knife always added new blades.
Now some with USB sticks ; )

Watch this space.
TechSmith keeps improving & adding to their set of tools.
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Windows Movie Maker is a video editor--one can string together clips and do some transitions. I think it might even do on-screen text. But it is limited in its functionality--just like Camtasia Studio. Just today looking at questions asked on this board I see topics like a desire for color correction and green screen. Software intended for video editing can do both of those things and a whole lot more.

My concern with Camtasia is that if it gets away from what it is good at--screen recording--by trying to add a bunch of video editing functionality, then nothing the software does will be done well. Instead of being good at one thing, it will be mediocre--or worse--at a lot of things.

There obviously is a market for additional video editing functions among Camtasia users. But a separate program that links and integrates with Camtasia Studio might be a better idea rather than seeing Camtasia Studio turn into "bloatware." Adobe has done this with their professional-level software where the editor, compositer, and Photoshop can all "talk" to one another.

I would suggest that if folks want video editing software that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, there are plenty from which to choose: Power Director, Hit Film, Corel's Video Studio. There's even Lightworks, a free one.

My two cents. Well, since this post is so long, it's more like three cents.
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Sorry for the late response on this, but a few months ago we shipped Camtasia Studio 8.4 which adds support for AVCHD files.

If you run into problems it could be a codec issue which we have a support article about here:


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