Transcode/Import AVCHD/AVCHD Lite to iMovie for editing smoothly on Mac
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, including AVCHD Lite, a subset of AVCHD format. That’s why you can always see questions like "I wasn't able to import AVCHD Lite to iMovie …" come up from time to time. For the users of Panasonic Lumix line digital cameras like DMC-FT1, DMC-FZ35 and DMC-FZ38, AVCHD Lite should be a familiar phrase. The name was used first in marketing literature for the Panasonic DMC-ZS3 digital cameras, announced in January 2009. Back to the point, if you are attempting to edit AVCHD/AVCHD Lite MTS/M2TS clips with iMoive, what's the available workaround?
To make 1080p AVHCD or 720p AVCHD Lite video files work well with iMovie, Pavtube AVCHD to iMovie Converter for Mac is recommended to either convert MTS to iMoive, or transcode M2TS to iMoive compatible formats like AIC MOV or DV. No matter what version of iMovie you are in use, and what Mac system you are working on, it will assist you to import MTS/M2TS AVCHD/AVCHD Lite files to iMovie for editing smoothly. Please follow its step-by-step instruction below to learn how to encode AVCHD to AIC MOV for iMovie.
Detailed Guide: Convert/Import AVCHD/AVCHD Lite files into iMovie for editing smoothly on Mac
Step 1. Free download and run the top AVCHD iMovie Converter for Mac, click "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button to load AVCHD MTS source files.
Step 2. Click on the dropdown menu of "Format", and then follow "iMovie and Final Cut Express" > "Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)".
By the way, the Mac AVCHD Converter also supports output Apple ProRes format for using in Final Cut Pro, you can visit how to convert AVCHD footage to Apple ProRes 422 encoded files for Final Cut Pro to learn more.
Step 3. click Convert button to start transcoding AVCHD/AVCHD Lite to AIC MOV for iMovie
Once the conversion completes, you can transfer and import the AVCHD/AVCHD Lite MTS/M2TS files into iMovie for editing smoothly as you want.
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