Convert Canon XA20 AVCHD/MP4 to iMovie/FCE for editing

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Convert Canon XA20 AVCHD/MP4 to iMovie/FCE for editing

Postby HaileyLi » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:53 am

How to Import Canon XA20 50/60p MTS/MP4 to iMovie & FCE on Mac?

Summary: If you want to edit AVCHD .mts/.mp4 files shot by Canon XA20 smoothly in iMovie/FCE, here is right for you. Go to following article to get the instruction.

The Canon XA20 is a ultra-compact, entry-level professional camcorder with unmatched performance. The XA20 camcorder combines outstanding image quality with dual-format recording in a compact form factor, making it ideal for all sorts of professional content creation.


Customer reviews and questions:

1. Really good to have the top handle for this camera. Makes for nice stable shots -- partic when chaing the kids around the backyard. Nice and easy to get creative low angle shots. Great HD footage in such a compact unit. With connection and attachment options for Mic's and other audio attachments, this is a camera that you can justify buying the good accessories for. Just got a XA20, however I have no idea that it doesn't work with FCE. Any insights?

2. I Use this product to produce high quality YouTube videos and Wedding Videos. The quality is outstanding and the 60fps @ 35mbps data trans MP4 recording is just awesome! I would recommend this fine piece of equipment to any high end consumer/videographer. But I have some issues, the footage is from the XA20, just realized this AVCHD file won't be accepted by iMovie. So any reliable workflow recommended?

Soultion for the incompatibility issues:

As above, some users have problems when they want to importing Canon XA20 1080 50p/60p AVCHD MTS and MP4 video to iMovie/FCE, the incompatibility issues lies in the unsupported 1080 50p/60p AVCHD format and MPEG-2 codec. As we know, for iMovie/FCE, the best codec is Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC), if you transcode Canon XA20 1080 50p/60p AVCHD MTS and MP4 footage to AIC, you can edit XA20 1080 50p/60p MTS and MP4 in iMovie/FCE without rendering.

Recommended software: Pavtube Canon XA20 Video Converter for Mac

Main features: This software is top Canon Video Converter for Mac that can transcode AVCHD/MP4 files from Canon XA20 to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC), Apple ProRes 422 codec, DNxHD codec, etc for editing in iMovie, FCE, Avid, Adobe, and Final Cut Pro on Mac (Mavericks 10.9 included) easily without any issue. These output formats are specially presetted, so the conversion quality is guaranteed, you can get lossless video conversion with this tool.

Here is step by step guide: Convert Canon 1080 50p/60p AVCHD MTS/MP4 file to AIC for iMovie/FCE.

Step 1. Connect Canon XA20 to Apple computer via USB cable, find the .mts/.mp4 files from the camera folder like PRIVATE > AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM. Then copy and transfer the .mts/.mp4 video clips from camera to the Apple hard drive disk.

Step 2. Download Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac. Install and launch the easy-to-use and professional Canon Video to Mac Converter, click "Add video" or "Add from folder" button to load 50/60p AVCHD .mts and .mp4 videos. You may also directly drag and drop the AVCHD and MP4 video to application UI for importing files.

Tips: You can joint multiple AVCHD/MP4 files on to one output file by checking Merge into one file on the interface.


Step 3. Click "Format" bar to choose the output format.

If you want to edit 1080 50p/60p MTS and MP4 in iMovie/FCE, please choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov). This is best format for iMovie/FCE editing on Mac, once converted, you won't need to render.


Step 4. You can click "settings" to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want.


Step 5. Click convert button to start converting Canon XA20 1080 50p/60p AVCHD MTS and MP4 to AIC MOV for imovie/FCE editing.

After the Mac Canon MTS/MP4 video conversion, you can import the converted footages to iMovie or FCE for editing smoothly on Mac.

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