Summary: Follow this tutorial to learn the best workflow for importing and editing Canon XA25 MTS files with iMovie by converting the video files to iMovie most compatible format AIC .mov.
It’s glad to hear the new Canon XA25 with a better user experience. It’s the bigger brother to the excellent XA20.The camcorder features both MP4 (up to 35 Mbps) and AVCHD (up to 28 Mbps) codecs at up to 1080/60p resolution for virtually blur-free, high-quality capture of fast-moving subjects. Awesome camera. Well, what caused me disappointed is the Canon XA25 importing issues with iMovie. There are more than more problems occurred slow rendering, program crashed, can’t recognize the camera…
Since AVCHD MTS is not an ideal editing format for iMovie, we’d better transcode Canon XA25 MTS footage into iMovie most compatible AIC .mov video. Luckily, our testing confirms that Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac successfully converts Canon XA25 MTS footage with the optimal outputs Apple InterMediate Codec .mov, Apple ProRes .mov, DNxHD .mov, etc. This means that files from the Canon XA25 can be converted and transcoded, edited in applications iMovie, Avid, Adobe, and Final Cut Pro easily without any issue. Unlike other applications, this video convert app does this without time consuming, quality-sapping transcodes - conversion is quick, lossless, and easy.
Guide: Using Canon XA25 AVCHD to iMovie
Step 1: Install and launch this Canon XA25 Video Converter Mac on your computer. Transfer your Canon footages to the converter.
Tip: If you want, you can merge several video clips together by ticking “Merge into one” box.
Step 2: Click the “Format” to select output format. Choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express--> Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)" as the output format.
Step 3: Before conversion, you can click the “Settings” icon to customize the video/audio settings for iMovie: 1920*1080 vide size; 30fps frame rate(for original 60fps videos) or 25fps frame rate(for original 50fps videos).
Step 4: Click convert button on the main interface to start transcoding Canon XA25 mts to an editable format for iMovie editing on Mac.
After the conversion finished , you can click “open” to find the output file, then you can import converted files into iMovie 8/9/11 f or editing easily without any issues.
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