Here's how to quickly convert your Panasonic AG-3DA1 stereo pairs into muxed stereo CineForm files using GoPro CineForm Studio Premium or GoPro Cineform Studio Profesional.
Before you begin, there's a little bit of preparation that needs to be done.
- Create a new folder on your hard drive and name it based on the REEL. In this tutorial, I'm calling just calling it 'REEL'.
- Then inside that folder, create 2 sub-folders... one called 'LEFT' and one called 'RIGHT'.
- Copy the entire 'PRIVATE' folder from the Left SD card into the 'LEFT' folder.
- Then copy the entire 'PRIVATE' folder from the Right SD card into the 'RIGHT' folder.
Now you're ready to convert them in GoPro CineForm Studio Premium/Professional.
Step 1) Launch GoPro CineForm Studio Premium or GoPro CineForm Studio Professional and in the 'STEP 1 IMPORT & CONVERT' room, click on the 'IMPORT NEW FILES' button.
Step 2) A Finder dialog box will open up. Browse to the location of your 'REEL' folder. Select the 'REEL' folder that contains your LEFT and RIGHT sub-folders and then click 'Open'.
Wait a moment and you should see a progress bar indicating that the clips are loading.
Once they are finished loading, the clips will appear in the IMPORT LIST.
NOTE: If you select a clip in the IMPORT LIST, you may expect to be able to playback the clip in the player window and add IN and OUT trim points. However, neither of those features are supported when using clips from the AG-3DA1. You cannot play back the files nor can you add trim points. You must convert the clips in their entirety using the remaining steps in this article.
Step 3) Select the clip(s) you would like to convert by selecting them in the IMPORT LIST. You can use the command and shift keys to select more than one clip at a time...or use "command + a" to select all of them.
Step 4) Click on the 'ADVANCED SETTINGS' button to launch the Advanced Settings dialog box
You can use the 'IMAGE SIZE' and 'FRAME RATE' drop-down boxes to change the resolution and framerate of the converted file, or leave those at the default 'Source' setting.
Keeping the FILTER 420 TO 422 option checked is a good idea as that will cause your converted files to be up-sampled to 10-bit files.
For the QUALITY setting, the 'High' option is plenty sufficient for 4:2:0 source files such as these. If hard drive space is a concern, consider using the 'Med' setting. FS1 and FS2 are overkill for AVCHD formats and should not be used in this case.
Click 'OK' when you are done making changes here.
Step 5) Click on 'CHANGE DIRECTORY' to select where your converted files will be saved to.
Its a good idea to select a folder that is not located inside your existing 'REEL' folder.
Step 6) There's an option in the GoPro CineForm Studio Premium/Professional Preferences window that, when enabled, will automatically add the reel name to the converted files. Its a good idea to enable that option. Launch the GoPro CineForm Studio Preferences window by simultaneously pressing 'command + ,' on your keyboard (alternatively you could launch it from the menubar). Then check the 'USE REEL NAME IN DESTINATION' option and click 'OK' to exit the Preferences window.
Step 7) With all your clips still selected in the IMPORT LIST, click the 'ADD CLIP TO CONVERSION LIST' button.
Step 8) Click on the 'CONVERT' button to begin the conversion.
Step 9) When the conversion is completed, the convert button changes to a 'PROCEED TO STEP 2' button.
Click on it to start using your converted clips in the 'STEP 2 EDIT' room.
The clips have now been converted into Stereo CineForm files and have been automatically imported into the 'STEP 2 EDIT' room.