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Canon Vixia HG20 Compatibility with Mac Final Cut Pro/Express and iMovie


Like all Canon VIXIA camcorders, the HG20 features: a Canon HD video lens, FULL HD CMOS Sensor, and Canon's exclusive DIGIC DV II image processor. It captures amazing HD video with even greater detail and color reproduction with its innovative 24Mbps capability. When you got a Vixia HG20 and captured a lot of HD videos with it, what you will do next? Most of us would like to make some editing with MTS footage from Canon Vixia HG20, but problems came up. While importing video footage from Canon Vixia HG20 to Final Cut Pro, iMovie or FCE, there are many video, audio issues.

The reason why we found that it is difficult to play and edit the Canon HG20 AVCHD videos within FCP, iMovie or FCE on Mac is due to its high rate compression and special codec. In order to make the AVCHD videos from Canon Vixia HG20 compatible with Mac, the easy workaround is to convert Canon Vixia files. For this purpose, this article mainly shows you how to transcode Canon Vixia HG20 videos for editing and playing in FCP, iMovie, FCE in detail.

Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac comes in to achieve your goal smoothly. This AVCHD MTS converter features full support for almost all Canon, Sony and Panasonic AVCHD cameras. It helps you transcode Canon MTS files to editable format for using in Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express and more. And there is no need to worry about the quality loss. Download the tool and follow the simple guide below.

Download Canon MTS Converter for Mac:

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How to Convert Canon HG20 MTS to Mac iMovie, FCP, FCE Native Codecs

Step 1: Launch the Canon Vixia MTS Converter for Mac, and you may either click "Add" button to import .mts files, or directly drag and drop the files into this program.

Tip: If you want to join MTS clips together, click the "Merge into one file" function.


Step 2: Click the format bar or the pull down menu of "Format" to select output format:

a. You can freely choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov) for FCP.


b. Select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) for working MTS with iMovie/FCE.


P.S. You also can click "Settings" to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.

Step 3: Hit the Convert button to start the conversion; it will convert Canon AVCHD to FCP/iMovie/FCE friendly format on Mac OS X immediately.

After the conversion, you can transfer the converted Canon Vixia HG20 videos to Mac for further editing with FCP, FCE, iMovie with smooth workflow.

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