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How to Enable iMovie to ingest Canon Vixia AVCHD(MTS/M2TS) clips easily


    The file I'm trying to import is AVCHD from my Canon VIXIA(HF R400) camcorder. I can copy it to my computer (without Imedia) as a quicktime file and view it in quicktime-but I cannot import it to iMovie. Can you help me?


    That’s problem one Canon VIXIA user has encountered. In fact, there are more one of the Canon VIXIA users who owns like Canon VIXIA HF R40, HF R42, HF R400, M300, HF M500, HF M40, HV 40, HF S200, HF S21 and more have met the similar Canon Vixia AVCHD to iMovie importing issues. Well, is there any solution or workaround to load Canon VIXIA AVCHD footage to iMovie on Mac smoothly? Yes, there is.


    First, you should get know the AVCHD video format is not natively supported by iMovie; iMovie best supported video format is Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) MOV format. Thus, the best solution to get iMovie read the VIXIA video files is to convert the Canon AVCHD to AIC .mov. Brorsoft Mac MTS Converter is one of the best app to help you transocde Canon AVCHD MTS/M2TS to AIC for iMovie or other formats like Apple ProRes for FCP, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as some common formats like MP4, MOV for playing on iPad, Apple TV, Kindle Fire HD, Galaxy Tab, etc to meet your different needs.


    How to enable iMovie to ingest Canon Vixia AVCHD(MTS/M2TS) easily


    Step 1. Load MTS/M2TS files to Mac AVCHD Converter


    Download, install and run the Mac Canon VIXIA AVCHD Converter to load your AVCHD footage from Canon VIXIA camcorders to the program.


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    Step 2. Select AIC as output format


    Click "Format" bar and choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov). It’s the best format for editing Canon VIXIA AVCHD in iMovie 8/9/11.


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    Step 3. Customize Vixia AVCHD video Settings


    You can click "Settings" button to adjust output parameters, such as resolution and bitrate. Set video size as 1920*1080, video frame rate as 30fps is optimal.


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    Step 4. Start conversion on Mac


    Click "Convert" button; this top Canon VIXIA AVCHD Converter will start transcoding Canon VIXIA AVCHD to MOV on Mac OS X immediately.
    Once the conversion completes, you can click "Open" button to get the generated MOV files for importing to iMovie for editing easily.


    Tips for AVCHD to iMovie conversion:
    1. Joining files: Tick the box "Merge into one" on the main interface.
    2. Preview: Double click on the file and you can get a preview on the converter.
    3. Crop: Edit --> Crop and you can get the imported videos cropped as you want.
    4. Auto shutdown: Click Option and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion” before conversion starts.


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