Tips Editing AVCHD with iMovie 11 on Mavericks

Convert AVCHD to AIC .mov for native editing in iMovie 11

Summary: Many folks including you may find that iMovie 11 doesn’t support native AVCDH videos. No worry. This article will give you the quick solution.

As we’ve noted, Mac is great except for high quality stutter free MTS exports. The point here is will iMovie 11 be able to import in AVCHD clips natively? In this article, we aim to give the definite answers to problems: can iMovie 11 support native AVCHD(.MTS) files? How to edit AVCHD with iMovie 11 directly?

Well, despite the prevalence of camcorders that record in AVCHD format, iMovie ’11 does not offer the ability to edit AVCHD footage directly. iMovie 11 is able to import .mts files through a conversion into almost 10X larger AIC format(only if .MTS file is in the original camcorder/camera file structure), but it doesn’t support native AVCHD file editing. If you have some AVCHD mts footage from Sony VG30, Sony FS700, Canon Vixia HF G20, Canon HF M30, Canon XA10, Panasonic AF100… you’d better use a 3rd party AVCHD converter to transcode AVCHD to iMovie most compatible Apple InterMediate Codec to avoid the incompatibility issues.

Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (a professional AVCHD to iMovie Converter tool) is the best choice for you. It can generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, including iMovie 8/9/10/11, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, and more.

How to import AVCHD .MTS to iMovie natively?

Step 1. After downloading, install and run this Mac AVCHD Converter, just copy the MTS files from your camcorder right to your hard drive, and then click the Add button to load the footage to the software.

Step 2. Click "Format" bar to choose the output format. Click and choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov). It’s the best format for native editing AVCHD in iMovie 11 as well as iMovie 8/9.

Step 3. You can click "Settings" button to adjust the parameters, such as resolution, bitrate, etc. In usual, 1920*1080 video size and 30fps video frame rate are highly recommended.

Step 4. Click "Convert" button to start converting AVCHD MTS to AIC mov for importing to iMovie 11 on Mac OSX (Mavericks).

After the conversion is finished, just run iMovie program and import the generated .mov files. You will find the output video work perfectly on iMovie 11 without long time rendering.

Editor’s Note: There is also no way to import single .mts files that you have previously transferred from the camera to your computer unless you have used the Archive method which saves the whole file structure of the camera onto your computer. This is quite cumbersome as it doesn’t allow you to organize the AVHCD files how you want to. In this case, Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac can help you to convert single MTS files to iMovie native supported videos.

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