Every video creator needs to realize this truth: It’s critical to export a master video file whenever you complete a project.
Even though it’s important, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re currently doing it.
I’ve talked to folks who make a video, upload it directly to YouTube, then delete their project files from their computer to free up space — retaining basically nothing except the YouTube version.
And they don’t even have that video. YouTube does.
When I hear folks tell me they do this, it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard — very disturbing.
I’m fairly confident that YouTube has a long (and profitable) future ahead of them. But what if something goes wrong? What if YouTube goes out of business? What if someone accidentally pushes a wrong button somewhere and a certain YouTube account gets deleted and all the videos disappear forever?
Like I said, it probably wouldn’t happen, but why risk it?
Everyone needs a master video file for every completed video project. Making a master is a fundamental thing to do.
That said, I still sometimes get questions about it. My goal here is to make it clear how (and why) you can export a master.
AVCHD video can be confusing.
When you’re shooting video, you see on your camera that you have several different clips. But when you plug the card into your computer and look at the files, you can’t see the individual video clips.
If you dig deep, you’ll find mysterious MTS files, but when you try to open them in a video player, it doesn’t work.
How can you copy or move a single video clip? How can you open them in a video player without bringing them into your video editing software?
This video shows a tool called ClipWrap that I find useful for working with AVCHD video clips on a Mac. I hope you find this brief tour helpful.