Summary: Tips and Tricks for Sony HDR-CX580V AVCHD and iMovie/FCE: In order to import and edit Sony CX580 MTS into iMovie, FCE smoothly, you need transcode Sony AVCHD to iMovie, Final Cut Express compatible format on Mac OS X.
Sony CX580, an excellent camcorder which offer us vivid image, can bring your memories to life in Full 1920x1080/60p HD. This article is mainly to solve the HDR-CX580V recordings to iMovie, FCE importing problems. As many users get CX580V camcorders, more problems are coming up: some of them have the need to import Sony 60p AVCHD to iMovie/FCE from CX580 for editing on Mac OS X, but they always meet the importing issues.
As far as I know, AVCHD is not a good editing format for NLE system including iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro, etc, especially the non-standard 1080 60p AVCHD format. Then how to import Sony CX580V 1080p videos to iMovie, FCE for editing without any issue? Well, if you make the recordings editable before taking to the program, the incompatible error won’t happen any more. The most favorite format for FCE and iMovie is Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)”, so you can use Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac to achieve the goal in a fast way.
This Mac AVCHD converter can easily convert MTS/M2TS/M2T to any other format, like DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, AIC for iMovie/FCE, ProRes for Final Cut Pro, etc with best quality at a fast speed. Besides transcoding, the program is also able to merge AVCHD .mts or m2ts clips into one file as a best MTS joiner for you. You can follow the below guide to reformat CX580V HD files to Apple Intermediate Codec.
Download the Mac MTS to MOV converter and Convert Sony AVCHD files with the below easy steps:
Step 1. Run the MTS/M2TS Converter and load .mts files to it from HDR-CX580V.
Tip: The 1080 60p videos are supported by the program.
Step 2. Click "Format" drop-down bar to select iMovie supported video format. “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” is the best compatible video format you need for iMovie/FCE.
PS: You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want. I set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 and I got the perfect video quality for editing in FCE and iMovie.
Setp 3. As soon as all things are finished, please click “Convert” button to start the CX580V AVCHD to AIC conversion.
Once the conversion is 100% completed, you can smoothly copy the converted files to iMovie 08/09/11 and FCE.
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