Here is how to transfer to your computer video footage that was recorded using the AVCHD format.

1. If you have not already done so, create a folder within your class Google Drive folder and name it after the project you are starting. In this example: Basic Shots2. Attach the memory card holding your video footage to your computer. iMacs have slots to insert SD cards.iMac card slotOther card types may require an external card reader.
Card reader

3. After the card loads, close any programs (applications) that are open.
For example: Photos.Close programs

4. Open a new Finder window, navigate to the memory card and open it. After opening the memory card in a Finder window, look for Private. If “Private” appears as a folder, just double-click to open it.Private folder

If “Private” does not appear as a folder, right-click (or Control+click) on it,Private package

then click on “Show Package Contents.”

Package contents

5.  You should now see a package named “AVCHD.”Drag AVCHD to project folderRight-click (or Control+click) on it, then click on “Show Package Contents.”

6.  You should now see a package named “BDMV.”

Right-click (or Control+click) on BDMV, then click on “Show Package Contents.”

7.  You should now see a folder named “Stream”

Drag this “Stream” folder to the project folder you created above.

8. In your project folder, rename “Stream” to the date of your recording.

Use this format for the date: YYMMDD where YY is the two-digit year, MM is the two-digit month, and DD is the two-digit day.  For example, January 1, 2019 would be 190101

Inside your footage folder you should see .MTS files.  These are the video recordings needed for editing.

9. When you record more footage for your project, add each new Stream folder from the memory card to your project folder and rename it with the recording date.  As you add more Stream folders to your project folder, you should see something similar to this:(In this example, there are folders for January 1, 2, 3 and 4, 2019)

Congratulations! You have placed your video footage on your computer and made it available for editing.