Summary: Facing problems importing and editing Sony A58 AVCHD footage in iMovie? If so, just get the best AIC Converter for iMovie to achieve your goal smoothly!
As one of the SLRs cameras, the A58 uses Sony's unique Translucent Mirror Technology to offer high-speed shooting and a smaller body size. The A58 can record 1920 x 1080 pixel movies at either 60i/50i 24 Mbps, 60i/50i 17 Mbps, 25p/24p 24 Mbps or 25p/24p 17 Mbps in the AVCHD format, or 1440 x 1080 pixels at 30fps in the MPEG-4 format, useful as this format can currently be shared more easily. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to import video footages from Sony A58 to iMovie for further editing. And you may encounter problems like this:
"Hi, I'm using a Sony SLT-A58 on a MacBook Pro. I need to upload these videos to iMovie so that I can edit them later. But it seems iMovie does not like to work with my videos, I think I'm just missing something that is pretty simple. Can anyone help?"
In fact, the AVCHD codec allows people save large extraordinary videos without quality loss, but the output video size is pretty large correspondingly. It's not easy for permanent preservation. And AVCHD is not a Mac friendly video codec, and the mts format is not support by many editor programs on Mac, such as Final Cut Pro, iMovie/Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, etc. What should we do to make Sony A58 AVCHD footages working with iMovie/FCE on Mac perfectly?
Since iMovie work best with Apple Intermediate Codec, the easy workaround to upload Sony A58 AVCHD footage to iMovie is to convert A58 files to AIC MOV. Using third-party software like Brorsoft AVCHD Converter for Mac (free, clean and safe to install and use), this can be done effortlessly. Below is how:
How to Convert Sony SLT-A58 AVCHD footage for Editing in iMovie?
Step 1. Connect your Sony SLT-A58 to Mac and turn it on; launch Mac Sony MTS/M2TS Converter, click top left two icons to load your footage.
Tips: This program supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time. Meanwhile, if you wanna combine multiple MTS/M2TS clips into a single AIC encoded .mov file, you can put a checkmark in the checkbox "Merge into one file".
Step 2. Click on the dropdown menu of "Format", and then follow "iMovie and Final Cut Express” > “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)".
Tip - You can Click “Settings” button, then you will enter the following interface, on which you are allowed to customize size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel to your required ones.
By the way, the Mac AVCHD Converter also supports output Apple ProRes format for using in Final Cut Pro, you can visit how to convert AVCHD footage to Apple ProRes 422 encoded files for Final Cut Pro to learn more.
Step 3. Finally, press the big "Arrow" button to start the Sony A58 to iMovie conversion process.
When the conversion is finished, you can click "Open" button to get the generated AIC .mov files ready to be imported into iMovie. You're done.
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