How to upload Sony HDR-PJ380 footage to iMovie/FCE

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How to upload Sony HDR-PJ380 footage to iMovie/FCE

Postby lydia622520 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:36 am

Summary: This article will quickly walk you through how to import Sony Hanycam HDR-PJ380 MTS video iMovie/FCE natively supported format for easier editing.


Sony HDR-PJ380, a top featured Sony handycam, it’ll be one of the lowest-cost cameras with many functions that come with an HDMI input. This is an attractive camera with its excellent image quality, a good 230k-dot display in a three-inch LCD. With HDR-PJ380, you have flexible options to capture in the AVCHD or MP4 formats depending on how you plan to use and share the footage. And in this article, we will give some tricks for those users who wanna import & edit HDR-PJ380 MTS recordings in iMovie/FCE. If you are seeking for the way, get it now.

How about the compatibility of Sony Handycam HDR-PJ380 and iMovie, FCE? Well, most of us found that it is difficult to play and edit the Sony HDR-PJ380 AVCHD videos with iMovie, FCE on Mac. That’s mainly due to its high rate compression and special codec. In order to make the AVCHD videos from Sony HDR-PJ380 compatible with iMovie/FCE, the easy workaround is to convert HDR-PJ380 MTS files to AIC .mov. For this purpose, this article mainly shows you how to transcode Sony HDR-PJ380 videos for editing in iMovie, FCE in detail. Below is how.

1. Download and install Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac

It works as a best Sony Handycam MTS Converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8). With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony Handycam MTS files (from Sony HDR-PJ380, HDR-PJ650V, HDR-PJ790V, etc) to ProRes for FCP (X), AIC .mov for iMovie/FCE. Plus, it can also help you to convert MTS/M2TS to MP4, MOV, FLV, AVI etc. videos for different uses.

2. Connect Sony HDR-PJ380 to Mac via usb cable, firewire, or a/v cable. Launch the professional AVCHD Converter Mac and click add button to import 1080p video to the program for converting.

Tip: If you want join MTS/M2TS video clips to a single file, just check the “Merge into one file” box.


3. Click the Format box and select iMovie —> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as output format for editing Sony PJ380 MTS in iMovie or Final Cut Express.


Tip: Click the Settings button; you can recommended to set the video size to 1920*1080, bit rate to high quality, and the frame rate to 30fps (25fps for original 50p videos), which can output the best quality videos.

4. Hit the Convert button to start the conversion; it will convert Sony 1080p AVCHD to iMovie/FCE friendly format on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, you can transfer video from Sony HDR-PJ380 MTS for further editing with FCE, iMovie smoothly.

Additional Tips:

For viewing raw MTS files on Mac(with QuickTime Player), importing, editing MTS footage in Non-Linear Editing System iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, the best and effective solution to convert MTS to MOV, a Mac native format, which will resolve all the AVCHD issues on Mac OS X.

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