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Import and edit Sony HDR-CX115E AVCHD in iMovie 8’on iBook

    Sony HDR-CX115E, a small but surprisingly feature-packed, high-quality camcorder is comparatively cheap and easy to use. This camcorder is so light that you can take it with you everywhere to capture all the action on the move! Its 4.2-megapixel CMOS sensor for videos (3.1 megapixels for still shots) records 1920x1080/50i AVCHD videos at a full 24Mbps – the highest bit-rate specified by the AVCHD format.

    Small and light
    Simple touchscreen interface
    Long, 25x optical zoom
    Effective auto functions
    Affordable price

    Mediocre photo quality
    No HDMI cable included

    Taking into account its price and size, we'd say most home-movie makers wouldn't be disappointed with the Sony Handycam HDR-CX115E especially with its Full HD AVCHD output. While, sometimes, these AVCHD outputs make the Sony CX115E users become frustrated when they wanna import Sony HDR-CX115E AVCHD to iMovie for editing. First, let’s have a quick view of the trouble one CX115E user encountered.


    I bought a Sony camcorder- Sony HDR-CX115E. It’s HD and outputs files as AVCHD. I’ve got a MacBook and apparently you can just import the files into iMovie for further editing. Now, I also have an iBook running 10.5.8. When I try to edit Sony HDR-CX115E AVCHD in iMovie 8 on iBook, I find the AVCHD flies would not be ingested natively into iMovie 8.

    The trouble is mainly caused by the old power PC and old version iMovie. If you don’t want to spend too much time and effort on the update work for your old PC and iMovie, there’s an easy solution for you here. You just need transcode Sony CX115E AVCHD to iMovie 8’ favorable format on your iBook with the AVCHD to iMovie Converter that we highly recommend here. Below is the detailed guide for you.

    STEP 1: Assume you’ve download and install the best MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac; launch it to import Sony CX115E AVCHD MTS/M2TS files to the program.
    Tip: You can select the “Merge into one” box to merge multiple MTS/M2TS files for easy editing in iMovie.

    STEP 2: Click on the “Format” and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) from its dropdown menu, which is the best format for iMovie 8’/9’/11’.

    STEP 3: You can click the Settings icon to do some audio/video settings. Here you’d better set the video frame rate as 25fps, video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best quality.
    NOTE: Before start the conversion, you’d better to deinterlace 1080i AVCHD files for iMovie editing in the Video Editor interface.

    STEP 4: Click the Convert button; start to convert Sony CX115E AVCHD to AIC for iMovie 8’ on iBook.

    When the conversion is done, you can add the Sony HDR-CX115E 1080/50i AVCHD to iMovie for further editing without any trouble.

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