Converting Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10 AVCHD MTS files to iMovie with AIC codec
The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10 is handheld digital camcorder released in early 2011 alongside the HDR-PJ30V and HDR-PJ50V. It offers 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution letting you record your memories in exceptional Full High Definition quality. Capable of 60p recording and playback via HDMI and compatible HDTV provide stunning clarity and incredibly detailed and smoother playback of your memories. The embedded 16GB flash memory can record and store up to 6 hours of high definition video footage (HD LP mode). The video format that most Sony HDR camcorders record are AVCHD or AVCHD / MPEG-2.
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. In this case, the workaround for you is using a Mac AVCHD Converter to convert/transcode Sony AVCHD MTS to AIC for iMovie.
What you will need?
Pavtube Mac AVCHD Converter
Guide on how to convert / transcode Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10 AVCHD MTS files to AIC for iMovie
Step 1: Free download Pavtube Mac AVCHD to iMovie Converter, install and run it.
Once run the program, you can click "Add" button to load AVCHD MTS files. The Mac MTS converter supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time. Meanwhile, if you wanna combine multiple files into a single AIC encoded .mov file, you can put a checkmark in the checkbox "Merge into one file".
Step 2: Select Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) as output format for iMovie
In order to convert AVCHD to AIC for iMovie, you just need select AIC (*.mov) as output format for iMovie. Please click on the dropdown menu of "Format", and then follow "iMovie -> 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: Adjust audio and video settings
The Mac MTS converter enables users to adjust audio and video settings before MTS to AIC conversion. 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 4: Convert/transcode AVCHD MTS files to AIC
Click "Convert" button to start transcoding MTS to iMovie AIC. With perfect audio and video synchronization technology, the Mac AVCHD Converter will never cause you any audio and video out of sync issues, which is much better than other similar tools in the market. When the conversion is finished, you can click "Open" button to get the final output AIC MOV files with ease.
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Hope these guides can help you deal Sony Camcorder video easily.