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Old May 21st, 2010, 04:53 AM   #1
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Hi folks. I have a problem that needs urgent attention. I've been given an external drive that has HD footage in MTS format. This external drive has been formatted and written on using a Mac system. Now I have a PC and need to access this footage immediately - I want to edit this in Sony Vegas Pro 9. Not surprisingly, the Mac external drive does not show up on my Windows XP system when I connect it through the standard USB2 port (it does not have FireWire either). What to do? I need access to this footage urgently. Please help!
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Old May 21st, 2010, 05:55 AM   #2
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Try Mediafour | MacDrive. Or find somebody with a Mac and transfer the files to a Windows formatted drive. Formatting the drive with FAT will make it easily accessible on both platforms.
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Old May 21st, 2010, 06:25 AM   #3
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Mediafour | MacDrive might just work - but copy the files to your local drives before using them, in my experience MacDrive slows things down a bit.

FAT32 formatted drives might indeed be a good solution, but be aware that there can be no files larger than 4GB on a FAT32 formatted drive!
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Old May 21st, 2010, 12:15 PM   #4
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I have been using Transmac for some years now and it works a treat for reading Mac drives on a PC. Check out all details at:

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Old May 21st, 2010, 12:43 PM   #5
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I've used MacDrive to round-trip several films with Mac folks. It makes the process seamless, and I can't recommend it highly enough. I've got another film coming in in 60 days that will be cut on FCP and I will be doing color on in Vegas or Avid. And MacDrive will make that process trivial for us.
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Old May 24th, 2010, 08:34 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the help guys! Will definitely try out these programs and techniques. Since I have HD video footage I'm guessing some clips might be larger than 4GB.

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