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ClipWrap converts m2t files to QuickTime HDV

updated 02:45 pm EDT, Tue August 19, 2008

ClipWrap m2t converter

Divergent Media has announced ClipWrap for the Mac, an m2t batch converter for creating QuickTime HDV files. With most Hi-Def cameras recording in m2t transport streams, and few video applications capable of handling m2t, ClipWrap attempts to bridge the gap, converting the streams to QuickTime movies. The software is a rewrapping tool, moving video and audio streams to a QuickTime container. In theory this avoids generational loss through re-encoding, and saves hours of encode time.

The program supports all m2t files, working with variations for each brand and camera. It offers timecode support, recombines spanned files, and additionally handles format recognition, choosing proper outputs for framerate, image size and other presets. ClipWrap costs $50, and requires Final Cut Studio due to the codecs needed.

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  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Editing AVCHD?

    If I understand what they are saying correctly, this tool leaves the AVCHD encoding intact and just puts the propper quicktime wrapper around the file. Target file size should be the same as the source.

    If the output file becomes a normal QuickTime file, this means that we should be able to edit it in FCE (or, presumably, iMovie HD)?

    This is the functionality I've been waiting for on the Mac, and so far, it was available on the Windows side, but no software for the Mac was there to edit AVCHD content directly; you had to transcode (i.e. re-encode, losing a generation in the process) into something else in order to work with it.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not quite...

    Well, a quick e-mail to the developer and the answer to the AVCHD question is NO. The tool only supports HDV (i.e. MPEG2-based format), and not AVCHD (MPEG-2/H264).

    For those camcorders that record on a hard disk, or DVD-R (or Blu-Ray R) in HDV, this is a perfect solution.

    For us with AVCHD-based camcorders (with SDHC cards), we'll have to continue to transcode until they develop a similar solution.

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