How to import videos from Sony A58 to iMovie

Put problems with the Android NDK in this forum.

How to import videos from Sony A58 to iMovie

Postby jacknjchn » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:23 am

Summary: Facing problems importing and editing Sony A58 AVCHD footage in iMovie? If so, just get the best AIC Converter for iMovie to achieve your goal smoothly!


As one of the SLRs cameras, the A58 uses Sony's unique Translucent Mirror Technology to offer high-speed shooting and a smaller body size. The A58 can record 1920 x 1080 pixel movies at either 60i/50i 24 Mbps, 60i/50i 17 Mbps, 25p/24p 24 Mbps or 25p/24p 17 Mbps in the AVCHD format, or 1440 x 1080 pixels at 30fps in the MPEG-4 format, useful as this format can currently be shared more easily. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to import video footages from Sony A58 to iMovie for further editing. And you may encounter problems like this:

"Hi, I'm using a Sony SLT-A58 on a MacBook Pro. I need to upload these videos to iMovie so that I can edit them later. But it seems iMovie does not like to work with my videos, I think I'm just missing something that is pretty simple. Can anyone help?"

In fact, the AVCHD codec allows people save large extraordinary videos without quality loss, but the output video size is pretty large correspondingly. It's not easy for permanent preservation. And AVCHD is not a Mac friendly video codec, and the mts format is not support by many editor programs on Mac, such as Final Cut Pro, iMovie/Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, etc. What should we do to make Sony A58 AVCHD footages working with iMovie/FCE on Mac perfectly?

Since iMovie work best with Apple Intermediate Codec, the easy workaround to upload Sony A58 AVCHD footage to iMovie is to convert A58 files to AIC MOV. Using third-party software like Brorsoft AVCHD Converter for Mac (free, clean and safe to install and use), this can be done effortlessly. Below is how:

How to Convert Sony SLT-A58 AVCHD footage for Editing in iMovie?

Step 1. Connect your Sony SLT-A58 to Mac and turn it on; launch Mac Sony MTS/M2TS Converter, click top left two icons to load your footage.


Tips: This program supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time. Meanwhile, if you wanna combine multiple MTS/M2TS clips into a single AIC encoded .mov file, you can put a checkmark in the checkbox "Merge into one file".

Step 2. Click on the dropdown menu of "Format", and then follow "iMovie and Final Cut Express” > “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)".


Tip - You can 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.


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. Finally, press the big "Arrow" button to start the Sony A58 to iMovie conversion process.

When the conversion is finished, you can click "Open" button to get the generated AIC .mov files ready to be imported into iMovie. You're done.

Read More:
How to Convert/Merge MTS files
How to Convert MTS to AVI, MOV, WMV, M4V, MPEG, FLV...
Import Sony Handycam to Mac Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid MC
Easy way to open M2TS files in Sony Vegas Pro
Sony handycam video files transferred to fcp/imovie/premiere/avid mc
Avid MXF to FCP - Can FCP import Avid MXF Files on Mac
Source:How to import videos from Sony A58 to iMovie
Master Developer
Master Developer
Posts: 281
Joined: Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:23 am


Re: How to import videos from Sony A58 to iMovie

Postby lydia622520 » Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:03 am

Summary: Facing issues importing Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 XDCAM EX footage into Premiere Pro for further editing? Fortunately, there is an easy workflow for this. Let's find it out here.


"I'm in the market for a good camcorder, Sony PMW-EX1 or EX3 look intriguing. The only concern is Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 XDCAM Compatible with Premiere Pro?"

No matter you’re using or going to have Sony PMW-EX1 or PMW-EX1 EX3, you may wanna know the compatibility of the Sony XDCAM media with Premiere Pro. In this page, I will give you the answer.

Until Premiere Pro CS6 version, Adobe provides native support for Sony XDCAM, XDCAM EX, and XDCAM HD (including XDCAM HD 50) cameras and content with no transcoding required. If you have the old versions, Premiere Pro CS3/CS4/CS5, there’s no luck for importing Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 to Premiere Pro directly. Well, is Premiere Pro CS6 compatible with all the Sony XDCAM media? No, importing, editing problems still occurred from time to time like “the file has no audio or video streams”…

To achieve your goal to edit Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 footage with Premiere Pro, below is simple tutorial to make it smoother to get those XDCAM files off of a memory card or hard drive to Premiere Pro– and without XDCAM plugin.

Converting Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 XDCAM to edit in Premiere Pro

The quick workaround is to use an easy-to-use yet professional application Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. With it, you can transcode raw XDCAM footage to MEPG-2 for using in Adobe Premiere Pro directly. If you are on Windows, Video Converter is for you. Just download it and follow the tutorial below guide to achieve your goal.

1. Launch the Sony XDCAM Converter, you can click "Add Video" button (or "Add from folder") to load source files from PMW-EX1/EX3. Convert supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.

2. Select " Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MPEG-2 (*.mpg)" as output format for Premiere Pro.


3. Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

4. Click the convert button to start transcoding Sony PMW-EX1/EX3 XDCAM for Adobe Premiere Pro.

After the process completes, click "Open" button to find the generated videos, and then you can transfer the recordings to Adobe Premiere easily and quickly.

Related Tips:

How to import videos from Sony A58 to iMovie
Import Sony Handycam to Mac Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid MC
Premiere Pro CS5.5/CS4/CS3 and Sony PMW-EX1R Workflow
Importing Blu-ray to iMovie, Final Cut Express
Converting M2TS to ProRes .mov for Final Cut Pro on Mac
How to import MKV to iTunes on Mac
Master Developer
Master Developer
Posts: 384
Joined: Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:41 am


Return to NDK Problems

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests