Now, do I have a serious problem? Yes, and I really really hope someone of you out there got a solution for me.
And I really hope you get the scenario, because it's pretty messed up. Here goes:
I've got a captured HDV tape (.m2t). To help the computer out a bit while editing, I wanted to render the whole tape into an intermediate .avi (CineForm) but disturbingly enough, the tape seems to have messed up frames here and there, thus making my computer to collapse into randomised crashes while rendering.
I was not happy with this of course, but to make a workaround, I created a series of subclips from this tape, and then I rendered intermediate .avi (CineForm) files from each one of these subclips and that went fine. No computer crashes whatsoever. Guess I did not hit any skipped frames.
So far so good then. To get away from the .m2t editing (helping the processor and RAM out), I replaced all the subclips with the intermediate .avi files and started the jolly, and very fast, editing process.
Now, three weeks and lots of editing later, I've encountered a severe problem. I have no problem with using the CineForm .avi's as "new" original files, because I really don't see that much difference in the end rendering result compared to the .m2t quality.
But now I'd like to operate on some on the clips in After Effects, leaving me in the inevitable state of rendering from the intermediate clips one time too many.
My question is this: Is it by any chance possible to replace these .avi files with the .m2t subclips?