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Transcode HDR-PJ30 MTS to Apple InterMediate Codec AIC MOV for iMovie
  • Weighing 340g without the battery and with dimensions 58.5 x 64.5 x 116.5mm, the Sony HDR-PJ30 Camcorder features a 3.0" Clear Photo LCD display, providing 230K pixels resolution viewing clarity. It records videos in 1920*1080 MPEG4 AVCHD high definition, which lets you record your memories in exceptional Sony Full High Definition quality. Capable of 50p recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV1 providing stunning clarity and incredibly detailed playback of your memories. And the built-in 32GB embedded flash memory can record and store up to 13 hours of high definition video footage.
  • When searching online, we could find plenty of complaints from the Sony HDR-PJ30 Camcorder owners about their frustrating experience of editing HDR-PJ30 AVCHD footages with iMovie 09, even iMovie 11. As we know, Apple claims that iMovie '09/11 supports most commonly-used video codecs, including DV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, AVCHD and AIC. However, due to the wide range of media types, and the different ways manufacturers store video on these media types, not all AVCHD camcorders are compatible with iMovie '09/11. In this case, the workaround for the PJ30 owners is using a Mac MTS Converter to convert/transcode HDR-PJ30 MTS files to Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.MOV) for iMovie '09/11.
    What you will need?
    Brorsoft MTS to AIC MOV Converter for Mac.
  • Preparation: Connect Sony HDR-PJ30 Camcorder to iMac/Mac Book. On the left hand, there's a port of USB cable for you. Import the 1920*1080/50P AVCHD files that you want to deal with into hard drive. After transferring to MAC, the footages become files with extensions of .mts.
  • Step 1: Add or import HDR-PJ30 1080P MTS files to Brorsoft HDR-PJ30 Converter for Mac.
    Once run the program, you can click “Add” button to load HDR-PJ30 1080P MTS files. The Mac HDR-PJ30 MTS Converter supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time. Meanwhile, if you wanna combine multiple files into a single AIC encoded .mov file, you can put a checkmark in the checkbox “Merge into one file”.
  • Step 2: Select Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) as output format for iMovie '09/11
    In order to convert MTS to AIC for iMovie, you just need select AIC (*.mov) as output format for iMovie. Please click on the dropdown menu of “Format”, and then follow “iMovie and Final Cut Express” > “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”.
  • Step 3: Adjust audio and video settings
    The Mac MTS Converter enables users to adjust audio and video settings before transcoding HDR-PJ30 MTS to Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC). Click “Settings” button, then you will enter the following interface, on which you are allowed to customize size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel, etc. If you feel like to keep 1080p as the source file features please set video size to 1920*1080. Or set smaller bitrate to further cut down export file size.
  • Step 4: Transcode HDR-PJ30 MTS files to Apple InterMediate Codec AIC MOV Videos.
    Click “Convert” button to start transcoding MTS files to Apple InterMediate Codec AIC MOV videos with the best MTS to AIC MOV Converter for Mac. The converting process will take you several minutes, please wait patiently. You can:
    Be clear about the total achieved percentage of scheduled progress
    "Pause" or "Cancel" the conversion at any time
    "Shut down the computer after conversion" by ticking the box
  • After the HDR-PJ30 MTS to Apple InterMediate Codec AIC MOV video conversion, open iMovie and click the "Format" pop-down menu, and then choose "New event" item instead of "New Project" to load the output .MOV videos to iMovie 09’/11.
  • More Info About Apple Intermediate Codec (Quoted from Wikipedia)
    “The Apple Intermediate Codec is a video codec designed by Apple, Inc to be an intermediate format in an HDV workflow. It features high performance and quality, being less processor intensive to work with than other editing formats. Unlike native MPEG-2 based HDV - and similar to the standard-definition DV codec - AIC does not use temporal compression, enabling every frame to be decoded immediately without decoding other frames. As a result of this, AIC takes three to four times more space than HDV.
  • AIC is available only on the Mac OS X platform and cannot be read on other platforms to date such as Windows or Linux. All Mac OS X software which makes use of the QuickTime codec libraries - primarily Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Express, and iMovie, but also freeware such as MPEG Streamclip - can use the Apple Intermediate codec.”
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