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Import 1080 60p/50p AVCHD MTS files to iMovie 9/10/11 on Mac OS X

The 1080 50/60p footage is a new format above and beyond the standard AVCHD spec, which is now widely used by many videocams. Canon uses AVCHD in its videocams like the recent Sony NEX7, Sony A99, and Panasonic has 1080 60p on its videocams since the TM700 and includes the recent videocmas like Panasonic GH3, etc. The advent of 1080 60p, 1080 50p video saves for pixel peeping or private playback of a sports clip, but the trouble is that the existing editing products can't handle the stuff, except with a very strong computer and in limited amounts, and the output may be confined to lower bitrates and incur quality loss.

iMovie is a common video editing program on Mac OS X, but you may have found that if you filmed in 50p (PAL) or 60p (NTSC) iMovie won't import. If you set the camera to 50i or 60i it will import fine as will 25p. Well, the 1080/60p and 1080/50p AVCHD files could not be imported to iMovie even the latest version iMovie 11 yet. So, how to make iMovie 9/10/11 support 1080 60p/50p MTS footage for HD editing in high quality?

Since iMovie couldn't handle 60p or 50p full frames, to solve the 1080 60p/50p AVCHD to iMovie incompatibility issues, you need to convert 60p/50p AVCHD to 30p/25p frame rate with the AIC .mov format, which is most compatible video codec for iMovie. Then you can edit the converted MOV files in iMovie 9/10/11 easily and play them on Mac without any problem.

Here the best AVCHD Converter for Mac is the recommended application for you to make AVCHD MTS/M2TS compatible with iMovie and keep high quality for editing. Get this piece of software, you can easily transcode 1080 60p/50p .mts/m2ts files to iMovie favorable format AIC .mov with 30p/25p frame rate on Mac OS X. And don’t worry about any quality loss.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Below is the quick guide to make iMovie support 1080 60p/50p AVCHD MTS files footage for HD editing.

STEP 1: Download, install and launch the MTS to iMovie Converter, then load 1080/60p or 1080/50p MTS files to it via connecting camcorder to iMac with USB cable or directly drag and drop the video if you’ve transferred the .mts files from camera to the Apple hard drive disk.

STEP 2: Click the “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the target format.

STEP 3: You can click settings button in the main interface to adjust the output parameters, such as resolution, frame rate, etc. 1920*1080 video size, 30fps(NTSC) or 25fps(PAL)video frame rate are highly recommended.

STEP 4: Click convert button to start transcoding 1080 60p/50p AVCHD to AIC .mov for iMovie 9/10/11 on Mac immediately.

When the 1080 60p/50p to 30p/25p Mac conversion finished, you can easily import 1080 60p/50p MTS to iMovie 9/10/ll for editing with the best quality.

1. Normally you can put the camera card in your iMac, or connect your Camera with USB. In both cases in iMovie select Import->from camera to import your MTS files.
2. Click the box "Merge into one" on the main interface to join several MTS/M2TS files.
3. Click Option and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion” before conversion starts if you need auto shutdown.
4. To get more info about this MTS Converter for iMovie, you can link to Brorosft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.

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