Summary: The easy workaround to get iMovie work with Sony HDR-CX130 60p footage is to Convert AVCHD MTS to Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) MOV which ensures the best result when using in iMovie 08/09/11.
The ultra-compact Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 takes stunning 1080/60p AVCHD video that helps users record good memory. The point here, you will find it painful experience to import Sony HDR-CX130 60p footage to iMovie 11 or iMovie 08/09 for further editing. And there're some frequently questions quoted as below:
"My new sony camcorder (HDR-CX130) states on the box that it 'Works with iMovie'. However, after opening the box, the directions from the camcorder say to contact apple, since the included software 'is not supported by Macintosh computers'. "
"I just purchased a HDR-CX130. I can import all video SD and HD video (frame rate of 60i or 24p), however iMovie does not allow me to import video at the 60p frame rate. Any suggestions?"
There are mainly two reasons why you can not transfer 60p video files from Sony HDR-CX130 iMovie, incuding iMovie 8/9/11. Firstly, the recordings with the codec H.264/MPEG-4 are highly compressed for saving storage space and smooth playback, but the H.264 files are not suitable for editing, so editing H.264 MTS files in iMovie is always a headaching problem for editors. Secondly, up to now, iMovie can not always successfully recognize footages at 60fps. So if you want to ingest Sony HDR-CX130 60p AVCHD to iMovie, you will always meet the importing problem.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix the issue. Since Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) is the the most compatible codec introduced by App which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie, the common practise for Sony HDR-CX130 workflow with iMovie is, get a Mac AVCHD to AIC Converter and transcode Sony HDR-CX130 .mts footage to AIC MOV, which will save you both time and trouble, and all you need is to drag the result videos for prompt editing. For this purpose, this article will show you how to transcode Sony HDR-CX130 60p MTS to AIC MOV in detail.
How to Convert Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 60p footage for Editing in iMovie smoothly
Step 1: Download, install and run Brorsoft MTS Converter for Mac, and then click the "Add" button to load the .mts videos. You can also use the drag-and-drop method to load the 1080p .mts files to the application UI.
The program is an easy-to-use yet professional app which can be used as a Sony Handycam video converter under Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard 10.6, Leopard 10.5. It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode AVCHD MTS to AIC MOV for iMovie 08/09/11, Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X/7/6, DNxHD for Avid MC, etc. and it works well and converts flawlessly.
Step 2: Click the Format box and select iMovie --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as output format.
Tip: Please set 1920*1080 as video size, 30fps for users in NTSC area and 25fps in PAL area as video bitrate to get the best video quality. If you want to get a smaller ones, please decrease the video size from 1920*1080 to 1440*1080 or 1280*720.
Step 3: Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the Mac iMovie AIC Converter will start transcode Sony HDR-CX130 MTS to AIC MOV for iMovie 08/09/11 on Mac.
After the conversion, click "Open" to locate the result videos and then launch iMovie,choose File > Import > Movies..., to import the converted 60p or 50p AVCHD footage into iMovie; prepare for editing. You will find that it's just a piece of cake to edit Sony HDR-CX130 60p video files in iMovie.
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