Get iMovie to edit Canon C100 AVCHD without quality loss

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Get iMovie to edit Canon C100 AVCHD without quality loss

Postby jssqmaty » Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:01 am


Canon EOS C100 is a new Cinema Camcorder who brings true cinema quality to independent event videographers and video production organizations. It features the Super 35mm Canon CMOS Sensor and Canon DIGIC DV III Image Processor of the Canon C300. Unlike its 4K sibling, the C100 offers 1,920 x 1,080 AVCHD via its Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS sensor, has an ISO range of 320 to 20,000 and sports the EF mount system. Other features of interest include a push auto iris function, one-shot auto focus, a multi-angle 3.5-inch LCD and a locking HDMI output. Unfortunately, the C100 user may get some troubles about recordings to iMovie 8/9/11 importing.

For example, "For the record, my C300 is easily the best camera I own. Its images always blow me away and its handling and form factor are just superb. But the most terrible thing is that when I imput these cilps to iMovie, I got the error message directly. Why? I am eager to editing in iMovie further. Is there anyone here can help me? Thanks in advance.". Have you also get one the camcorder? Have you met the similiar problem? If so, please don't worry, the post will give you a perfect solution.

First, you have to know that the recorded files are AVCHD .mts or .m2ts formats, and the videos doesn't work well with iMovie software because AVCHD is not a good editing format. To solve the incompatible question, you can follow the below steps, after the stpes, you can transfer Canon EOS C100 AVCHD files to iMovie for editing and playing without quality loss.


Step 1: Please find a Mac AVCHD to iMovie Converter to transcode or change AVCHD to a editable format on Mac, and install, then imput the recordings deom C100 to the program.

PS: You can imput a number of files to the programs, and if necessary, you can use the function "Merge into one"

Step 2: Choose the best compatible output format-- Apple Internediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov) for iMovie.

Step 3: Adjust audio and video parameters in Profile Settings. You can change the default codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.

Step 4: Click the arrow button on the main interface to start converting Canon C100 MTS recordings to AIC compatable format for iMovie.

After conversion finished totally, you just need to click the "completed" button to close the interface, then find and tick the "open" to hit the converted file. Now you can smoothly put the canon c100 AVCHD video to iMovie to smoothly edit.


1. You can edit your files before converting such as "Trim","Crop","Add watermark".
2. Auto shutdown: Click Option and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion” before conversion starts.
3. If you want to edit cilps from Canon EOS C100 in FCP X, this tutorial will be helpful to you Edit Canon EOS C100 AVCHD footages in FCP X without quality loss
4. 3D conversion. The Red-Blue/Red-Green 3D conversions are supported.
5. Deinterlace 1080i files: Click Edit and select "deinterlacing" in the Effect.

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