The Panasonic AG-3DA1 3D camcorder records Left and Right eye information on separate SD cards. In this Tech Note we discuss how to convert separate Left and Right eye files into a CineForm stereo file in one step on Windows. The one-step converter for Mac will be coming soon.
Step 1 - Copy Files: Create a folder on your PC into which you will copy both the Left eye and Right eye SD cards from the 3DA1. In my case I created a folder called Panasonic 3DA1, inside which I created both a Left and a Right folder. I copied the entire contents of the Left SD card into the Left folder and the Right SD card into the Right folder on my PC.
Step 2 - Select Files for Conversion: Launch First Light. In the 3D menu across the top , select 3D Muxer (ctl-M). On the 3D Muxer panel (Figure 1) you will notice selectors to tell First Light the location of the Left Eye Files and Right Eye Files you copied from the SD cards, and the Destination where you want the multiplexed CineForm stereo files written. You need to choose a name for the first converted 3D file to be written into the destination directory. Remaining files will use the same filename plus will append a sequential number to the end of the name.
Locate the MTS Files you just copied: To locate the MTS files for conversion in First Light, you need to browse down the file directory structure to the STREAM folder (Figure 2). Then highlight the first (alphabetical) MTS file in the folder, ignoring the other MTS files. Do this for both the Left Eye Files and the Right Eye Files location in the First Light 3D Muxer panel.
Step 3 - Auto Mux: Click Auto Mux in the 3D Muxer panel (Figure 3) to automatically add all of the Left and Right eye files in the respective folders into the queue for one-step conversion and multiplexing as shown in Figure 3.
Step 4 - Start Queue: When you click Start Queue all of theLeft and Right eye files in the queue will be converted and muxed together. The muxed files will be stored in the Destination location you chose earlier. Queue progress is shown in Figure 3.
When complete your files are ready to edit using NeoHD, Neo4K, or Neo3D.