divergent media

Using ClipWrap with OS X 10.8

If you’ve upgraded to OS X 10.8 (“Mountain Lion”), you’ve probably noticed that AVCHD content is handled a bit differently than in previous versions of OS X. Depending on your workflow, this may require that you change your process a bit when working with ClipWrap.

The biggest change in Mountain Lion is that the folder structure of AVCHD media is no longer easily browsable. Instead, the various folders on an AVCHD device (“PRIVATE,” “BDMV,” etc) will appear as QuickTime files. Double clicking them will launch QuickTime X with a browser interface. While this allows you to preview your media in QuickTime X, you can’t losslessly export this footage, or convert to an edit-friendly format. For those needs, you’ll still want to turn to ClipWrap.

QuickTime File Browser

Luckily, ClipWrap already knows about the Mountain Lion folder structure. You can drag the “PRIVATE” (or “BDMV,” “AVCHD,” etc) folder directly in to ClipWrap. ClipWrap will scan the contents of the AVCHD structure and find your media.

If you prefer to select individual MTS files from your AVCHD source, right click (or control-click) on the “PRIVATE” folder and select “show package contents.” Repeat that process for the “BDMV,” “AVCHD,” and “STREAM” folders to reach the individual MTS files. You can then drag individual MTS files into ClipWrap.

Show Package Contents

Whichever route you take, you get all the usual benefits of ClipWrap – metadata and GPS data preservation, spanned file support, multichannel audio conversion and support for a full range of professional video output formats.