A workaround to edit single MTS clips in iMovie

Summary: Have some AVCHD video clips and want to have those MTS files edited in iMovie? A possible way is introduced in this article to import MTS footage to iMovie 08/09/11 without any hassle.

Apple's iMovie is a great (and free!) editing program for your video clips and footage. This article will show you how to import MTS into iMovie from Sony, Canon, Panasonic HD camcorders. If you are stuck in the trouble in editing MTS footage in iMovie 08/09/11, just go through the page to find the solid solution.

MTS files are part of the AVCHD video format used by a number of digital camcorders. The iMovie video editing application that comes with Apple's iLife suite lets users import MTS files into the application directly from a camcorder. 1.> Connect the digital camcorder to the computer through the USB connection cable that came with the device. 2.> Double-click the "iMovie" application icon to launch it. 3.> Click the "File" menu and select the "Import from Camera" option. 4.> Click the "Camera" option and select "AVCHD" from the menu that appears. 5.> Click the "Import Checked" button to import the movies into the iMovie application.

Important Note: Not all camcorders are supported by iMovie, before editing you’d better check the iMovie supported camcorder list in Apple support center. In case, your camera/camcorder is not compatible with iMovie or you just get some single MTS clips(don't have the entire AVCHD folder structure and metadata available), to work MTS files in iMovie program, a only route is to transcode MTS clips into another format like Apple InterMediate Codec that iMovie can fully support. This will help you import the file correctly. Keep reading for the brief how-to.

First you need to download Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, an easy-to-use yet powerful high-quality MTS converter, player and editor under Mac OS X. I've used this tool for a long time. With it, I can effortlessly transcode MTS videos(no matter from the whole AVCHD structure or just single MTS video) for smoothly editing in iMovie without quality loss. Plus, it also can help you edit MTS files with Avid MC, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects and more NLE systems smoothly.

Guide: Converting MTS to iMovie edit-friendly AIC .mov

Step 1: After launching the MTS Converter on Mac, load your AVCHD footage to it from your Camcorder or hard drive. If necessary, you can click the button "Merge into one" to join several MTS videos to one file.

Step 2: Click "format" to open the output format drop-up list to select "iMovie and Final Cut Express--> Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)" as the output format for Mac iMovie.

Tip: You may as well click Settings to set video size to 1920*1080, frame rate to 30fps for easy editing.

Step 3: Click Convert button to start to transcode AVCHD to AIC .mov for iMovie.

Once the conversion is completed, simply click “Open” button to get the converted videos. And now you can bring the MTS footage into iMovie to create your own masterpieces.

See more:

How to import Sony MTS to Mac Final Cut ??
How to Import MKV files into iMovie without any issue
Converting MTS to Adobe Premiere Elements for Editing
Guide: Transcode M2TS files to iMovie 08/09/11 on Mac
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