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Convert video on Canon VIXIA camera's SD card to MPG on Win7 PC

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NOTE / WARNING: in the following process, I will not have access to the camera, just the data card / sd card that the files are stored on - Unless I make special arrangements to get the camera.

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I was given the data card (SD/HC card) from a Canon (VIXIA) video camera, which runs (I'm told) "ImageMixer 3", by Pixela.The owner wants me to convert the video content on the card into some format I can distribute to class members, preferably MPG or maybe DVD.

This format may be referred to as "AVCHD". The subfolders on the card are: PRIVATE, AVCHD, BDMV, BACKUP, CLIPINF, PLAYLIST, STREAM, CANONTHM, MY_MUSIC.  

The filetypes are:, INDEX.BDM, MOVIEOBJ.BDM, 0000.CPI, 00000.MPL,
And:
00000.MTS  thru 00027.MTS

I think the actual video data is in the *.MTS files, which appear to be broken up in random sizes.

I have a windows 7 computer, and an SD slot on my printer to stick the card into, which displayed the above folder structure under windows explorer.

I want to convert the “video” on this card into a format I can edit and save to a format like MPG files, or if much easier, I'll settle for DVDs. My hope is to upload the video as a digital file (like MPGs) to a file hosting site so I can just email a link to class members.

Anyone know what software or other hardware I’ll need?  (I’m trying to get the program discs from the cameras owner to install Pixela ImageMixer, but this route may require the camera to work. Plus he can't find them yet. Plus, is there another way? NOTE - I tried to download the software from Pixela, but they only allow download of an 'updater" which requires you to have the program installed from disc first!)

FYI, I’m doing this for the owner of the camera, since he’s not tech savvy. But he can’t release the camera because its in constant use. But if it radically simplifies things, he may give it to me for a couple days to facilitate transfer.
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Thanks, will try ASAP.
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OK, before I bother with that -

I want to minimize the time I spend on this, and everytime I've tried using free conversion software, I embarked on hours and hours of frustration that I never made use of again --

SO, before I go there -- I did get the cds that came with the camera, and did install Pixela ImageMixer 3 SE on my computer. But when I run it, it has three options :
- load to pc,
- save to camera
- exit
and all are greyed out except exit.

Does anyone know if this program has the abilitiy to load info directly from a card, without the camera?

Does anyone know if there is any point in trying to use this software?
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Sorry to be petulant - I'm trying the AVS Video Converter software
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It looks as if the AVS Video Converter will do the trick

Do you happen to know if the AVS Video Editor allows joining or splitting MPG files? (I would add more pts but am at 500 max lol)
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BTW, yes it does. ;-)
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AVS video converter, i likes a lot
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