New Version - but still cannot import video clips from my Sony Handycam

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I was hopeful that the new version of Camtasia would allow me to import and edit video clips recorded from my Sony Handycam DCR-SX40. Alas, this is not so. It seems to me, that from my perspective, a video clip is a video clip is a video clip. I don't want to see the message "MPEG-2 Files are not Supported in Camtasia Studio." Are you not a company that allows editing of video clips or not? 
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kayakman, Champion

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have you tried converting the Handycam videos into something like MP4 [use free Handbreak] that CS supports?
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That mpeg-2 file may contain a proprietary codec that Techsmith may not use - like Dolby audio.

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It maybe legally restricted by copyright by Dolby,
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Your answer makes the most sense. But if CS is legally restricted, then why not come out and say so?
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@ kayakman... Yes. But here's the point: let's say I have over 50 short video clips (which I do) that need to be edited for a project and made into one seamless product. Do you know how long it takes to convert these files using Handbreak? Would not a better solution be for Camtasia to figure out a way to use MPEG-2 files - which I may add is what a video editing service should be doing in the first place?
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Joe, I agree that direct usability would be best

I haven't used Handbreak in a while; does it offer batch processing?
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Yes, Handbreak does offer batch processing, but invariably something goes wrong that needs attention, and still takes hours. 
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kayakman, Champion

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do you/can you preview the raw video clips on your PC?

perhaps capture/record w/Recorder as you watch each clip?
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Hi Joe,

Unfortunately, Camtasia does not support MPEG-2 files. For a complete list of files and codecs that Camtasia supports, please check this out: https://support.techsmith.com/entries/22823787-Camtasia-Studio-Formats-that-can-be-imported-to-Camta...

There are a variety of reasons why any codec is or is not included in Camtasia, some of them technical, some of them legal, and some of them because they aren't widely enough used. I'm sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. I'm curious, do you really have 50 MPEG-2 files that need converting, or were you just posing that as a possible problem? If you only have a few MPEG-2's  that need conversion, I agree that Handbrake (http://handbrake.fr/) is an excellent conversion tool.

All my best,
David Patton
Online Community Specialist
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Hi David. Thanks for this. Unfortunately, I have hundreds of MPEG-2 video clips recorded with my Sony, I'm a historian, and I used the digital camera to take video in Rome, a few months back. Literally hundreds of one-minute clips that now need to be seamlessly brought together. Camtasia should really recognize that Sony is a major brand.  
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Hi Joe,

What is the file extension on the clips from your camera? It looks like we show that error when trying to import a file with a file extension of 'mpg' or 'mpeg' but we do have some support for MPEG-2 containers. Currently that's enabled only for files with an 'mts' or 'm2ts' file extension though, so that message may be due for an update.

As Richard mentioned, we may not to handle the audio natively. Some more info on that is available here: https://support.techsmith.com/entries/59413418-Camtasia-Studio-Importing-AVCHD-MTS-M2TS-



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