Import AVCHD MTS 1080 60p/50p files to iMovie 11/10/9 on Mac OS X

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Summary: How to import/load AVCHD 1080 50/60p video to iMovie on Mac? Free download AVCHD to iMovie converter on macbook or imac, and then convert to best native codec.

The 1080 50/60p footage is a new format above and beyond the standard AVCHD spec, which is now widely used by many videocams. Canon uses AVCHD in its videocams like the recent Sony NEX7, Sony A99, and Panasonic has 1080 60p on its videocams since the TM700 and includes the recent videocmas like Panasonic GH3, etc. The advent of 1080 60p, 1080 50p video saves for pixel peeping or private playback of a sports clip, but the trouble is that the existing editing products can’t handle the stuff, except with a very strong computer and in limited amounts, and the output may be confined to lower bitrates and incur quality loss.

iMovie is a common video editing program on Mac OS X, but you may have found that if you filmed in 50p (PAL) or 60p (NTSC) iMovie won’t import. If you set the camera to 50i or 60i it will import fine as will 25p. Well, the 1080/60p and 1080/50p AVCHD files could not be imported to iMovie even the latest version iMovie 11 yet. So, how to make iMovie 9/10/11 support 1080 60p/50p footage for HD editing in high quality?

Since iMovie couldn’t handle 60p or 50p full frames, to solve the 1080 60p/50p AVCHD to iMovie incompatibility issues, you need to convert 60p/50p AVCHD to 30p/25p frame rate with the AIC .mov format, which is most compatible video codec for iMovie. Then you can edit the converted MOV files in iMovie 9/10/11 easily and play them on Mac without any problem.

Here the best UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac is the recommended application for you to make AVCHD MTS/M2TS compatible with iMovie and keep high quality for editing. Get this piece of software, you can easily transcode 1080 60p/50p .mts/m2ts files to iMovie favorable format AIC .mov with 30p/25p frame rate on Mac OS X. And don’t worry about any quality loss.

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Now see how to convert AVCHD 1080 50/60p video for importing to iMovie on Mac OS X.

Step 1. Import AVCHD 1080 50/60p videos that you want to convert

To import videos to this UFUSoft AVCHD to iMovie Video Converter, go to “File”>”Import”>”Add Video Files” from the main menu to browse and load your wanted videos. Alternatively, you can directly drag the drop AVCHD 1080 50/60p videos to this app for video conversion.

Mac AVCHD to iMovie Converter

Step 2. Select a proper format for iMovie

Hit the Format button, and then choose “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate codec (AIC) (*.mov)” option. The optimized output format is fully compatible with iMovie of any version.

AVCHD videos to AIC MOV

Step 3. Convert AVCHD 1080 50/60p video to iMovie in Mac OS X (Yosemite included)

Just click the “Start” button to convert AVCHD 1080 50/60p to iMovie in Mac OS X. The process will last a while, which mainly depends on the size of all imported files and the performance of the Mac. When the conversion is over, you can import the output files to iMovie for creating your own masterpiece without any problem.

More tips:

You can choose more output formats according to your need, this AVCHD Video Converter has many optimized formats for editing software and playable devices, such as Apple ProRes codec for FCP X/7/6, DNxHD codec for Avid Media Composer, and format for Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc, just choose as you want.

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