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Guide on Importing Video from Sony Handycam to iMovie


Sony Handycam with crystalize special occasions in stunning, incredibly detailed 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution for movies, it is the best choice for birthday parties, road trips, baby's first steps. If you have a Sony Handycam, you may want to edit Sony Handycam MTS files in iMovie. However, due to its high rate compression and special codec of the Sony Handycam output AVCHD video, it seems to be a bit difficult to import footages from Sony Handycam to iMovie on Mac. Any quick fix?

Well, the answer is positive. People who are start using a Sony Handycam camcorder like HDR-CX220, HDR-CX360V, HDR-CX330, HDR-CX160, HDR-CX580, HDR-PJ230, HDR-PJ790V in iMovie, often have the importing, editing issues. But a little searching turns up the solution... The reliable way to work Sony Handycam with iMovie is to transcode Sony Handycam videos to iMovie preferred format using 3rd-party software. This will help you import the file correctly and save the rendering time.

Overall, Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (a yet professional Mac MTS to iMovie Converter tool) is the bet solution for you. It can generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie/Final Cut Express, ProRes for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6/CC, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer and more. Download and follow the step-by-step tutorial below.

Download Sony Handycam video converter:

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Transcode Sony Handcyam MTS videos to iMovie for smooth editing

Step 1: Add Sony Handycam videos

Connect Sony Handycam to Mac via USB cable, firewire, or a/v cable, turn on the camcorder and copy video files from Sony Handycam to Mac hard disk. Launch the Sony Handycam to iMovie converter, and click the "Add Files" button to load .mts videos for converting.


Step 2: Select output format for iMovie

Click "Format" bar to choose the output format. Click and choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov). It's the best format for editing Sony Handycam MTS in iMovie 8/9/11.


Tips - Adjust audio and video settings

The Sony Handycam MTS Converter enables users to adjust audio and video settings freely. 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 to your required ones.


Step 3: Start converting Sony Handycam videos

Click the "Convert" button to start the Sony Handycam to iMovie video conversion under Mac OS X Yosemite, Mavericks.

When the conversion is finished, you can click "Open" button to get the generated AIC .mov files effortlessly. Afterwards, you can launch iMovie, and then choose File > Import > Movies to import converted Sony Handycam files in iMovie for further editing.

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