Focuses on Solution of Importing footage from Canon VIXIA HF R50 to iMovie/FCE

Summary: Follow this article you will know how to make Canon VIXIA HF R50 AVCHD MTS playable and editable in iMovie/FCE, so you can have a smooth post-production workflow in iMovie/FCE with these AVCHD footage.

I have a Canon VIXIA HF R50 and a iMac computer with iMovie. I have plugged in my camera to the computer, but my computer doesn't even seem to recognize that it is plugged in. When I turn to Final Cut Express, the software can recognize my HF R50, but the output AVCHD footage seems to be hard for editing within it. I have read around and I’m not the only one that is having difficulty importing/editing Canon Vixia HF R50 MTS in iMovie/FCE.

I’ve found out a straightforward fix is to convert Canon VIXIA HF R50 video to a iMovie/FCE much more compatible format. I’ve had the big success in this try. If you are facing the similar issues with your HF R50, check out the solution below.

Download and install the app Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac

It is a top MTS Converter for iMovie/FCE. It supports encoding all Canon AVCHD MTS files to Apple InterMediate Codec so that you can easily import the Canon Camcorder recordings to iMovie, FCE for editing on Mac. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time. Plus, it can transcode 1080 60p AVCHD to FCP editable Apple ProRes .mov format. What’s more, this Mac AVCHD converter also offers the optimal preset files for Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premier Pro and more to help you solve the incompatibility problems in different NLE apps.

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to convert Canon VIXIA HF R50 MTS to Apple InterMedaite Codec for iMovie/FCE editing with Mac OS X like Lion, Mountain Lion, Maverick.

Step 1: Add Canon VIXIA MTS videos to the program. Launch this Canon MTS Converter for Mac. Import HF R50 footage to the converter. You can join several video clips together by checking the “Merge into one file” box.

Step 2: Click Format bar to choose the output format. For editing MTS files in iMovie/FCE, select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format.

Step 3: If need, you can click "settings" to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate for easy editing witn iMovie, Final Cut Express.

Step 4: Click convert button to start transcoding Canon Vixia HF R50 AVCHD MTS files to iMovie/FCE for editing.

After the short MTS to AIC .mov conversion on Mac, you can import the Canon HF R50 videos to Mac software iMovie, FCE for editing smoothly without rendering or any other issue.

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