Import 1080 60p AVCHD to iMovie: Sony A57/A65/A77

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Import 1080 60p AVCHD to iMovie: Sony A57/A65/A77

Postby jacknjchn » Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:25 am

Summary: The iMovie won’t import 1080 60p files from Sony A57, A65, A77, etc DSLR(SLT) Camera. The easy workaround is to transcode 60p AVCHD to iMovie friendly format AIC .mov.


As you know most of Alpha DSLR(SLT) Cameras are hot lines from Sony. The new camera A99 as well Sony A57, A65, A77 can all record super-smooth 1080 60p(50p for PAL) AVCHD videos that delivers stunning picture quality. If you have got one of them, you may meet some incompatible troubles if you try to import its recorded AVCHD videos to iMovie for editing on Mac. Below are two typical examples from Google.

Q1: Can AVCHD video from A57 go straight into iMovie 11? Can AVCHD video be downloaded onto hard drive and done later. Are there any other choices rather the using AVCHD video in HD Bit a nightmare all this.

Q2: I’m using SLT-A77 and iMovie on a Macbook Pro, but when I shot the video in 1080/60p, I found the AVCHD cannot be recognized by iMovie. What am I missing here?

What’s the basic reason? In fact Sony company has collaborated with Apple Inc for a long time, why iMovie still can't work well with Sony videos? Although, AVCHD has been around for several years, 1080 60p/50p AVCHD files still cannot be fully supported well in iMovie, including iMovie 11. If you are recording AVCHD in 60i then iMovie 11 can do it fine. If however you are using 60p you must first "repackage" 60p AVCHD into iMovie format it can understand.

The possible solution: Transocde the 60p AVCHD to AIC mov with Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.

This AVCHD MTS converter can not only transcode Sony AVCHD files to iMovie, FCP, FCE, Avid Media Composer, but also provide you with some simple editing features, such as merging several videos into one file, deinterlacing the original footages, cropping video size, trimming video clips, adding special effects and text/image/video watermarks to output videos, thus it will be on the top of your list.

Step 1, get the top AVCHD to MOV converter and launch it to load your MTS/M2TS files from Sony A57/A65/A77.

Step 2, choose iMovie and Final Cut Express --> Apple InterMediate Codec (*.mov) as output format on the dropdown menu which you can get by clicking the Format bar.


Step 3, adjust video and audio parameters on the Profile Setting as you need. We recommend 1920*1080 as video size, 30fps as video frame rate to get the best video quality.

Step 4, click the convert button and start transcoding 60p AVCHD files for iMovie on Mac OS X Mountain Lion immediately. After the conversion, you can easily import Sony Alpha SLT .mts to iMovie 9/10/11 for editing with high quality without any trouble.

Additional Tips for AVCHD to iMovie converter:
1. Joining files: Tick the box "Merge into one" on the main interface.
2. Preview: Double click on the file and you can get a preview on the converter.
3. Auto shutdown: Click Option and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion” before conversion starts.
4. Crop: Edit --> Crop and you can get the imported videos cropped as you want.

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Re: Import 1080 60p AVCHD to iMovie: Sony A57/A65/A77

Postby lydia622520 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:19 am

Summary: Facing the trouble when importing and editing Sony A57/A65/A77 60p AVCHD footage in Final Cut Pro 6/7/X? Get the best Mac MTS to ProRes Converter to achieve your goal smoothly. Below is how.

Source:Edit Sony A57/A65/A77 1080 60p AVCHD to Final Cut Pro


More and more AVCHD cameras and camcorders are supporting 1080 50/60p Recording, but more and more users are facing the incompatible troubles with NLE systems like Final Cut Pro, iMovie and more in 50/60p AVCHD. The reason that you can’t successfully ingest those recorded AVCHD footages on 1080 60P/50P format to Final Cut Pro is limited by the FCP itself. If you have got the one of Sony Alpha SLT-A35, A37, A55, A57, A65, A77, A99 AVCHD cameras, you will still want to get a way import the recorded 1080 60p footages into FCP 6/7/X for further editing on your Mac OS X. Any possible solution?

In order to import Sony A57/A65/A77 60p AVCHD footage into FCP for smoothly editing, you can use 3rd-party software to re-wrap and convert 60p/50p MTS to Apple ProRes encoded mov format first, which is a native format for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X. It’s a great way to achieve your goal smoothly. For this purpose, this article will show you how to convert Sony A57/A65/A77/A99 AVCHD Footage to ProRes MOV step by step.

Transcoding Sony A57/A65/A77 60p AVCHD to Apple ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X

The most easy and quick workaround is to use the easy-to-use yet professional app called Brorosft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac which can be used as a Sony AVCHD MTS Converter under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8). It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode MTS to ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X, and it works well and converts flawlessly. Below is the tutorial for you.

Step 1. Use a card reader to copy and transfer the .mts files to iMac hard drive disk, run Mac Sony MTS Converter as the fast Mac MTS to ProRes Converter, and click the “Add” button to load the .mts videos. You can also simply drag and drop the 1080p .mts files to the software.

Tip: If you are also a FCP X user, before you try to do the conversion, don’t forget to make sure that you have installed the Apple ProRes Codec manually since the FCP X asks users to install it by themselves.

Step 2. Press “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to choose “Format > Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as the best codec for FCP 6/7 and FCP X on Mac.


Step 3. You can click “settings” button in the main interface to customize the output video’s parameters, such as resolution, frame rate, etc. 1920* 1080 video size and 30fps(or 25fps for PAL) frame rate are highly recommended in usual.


Step 4. You can edit the MTS video before transcoding Sony A77, A57, A65 MTS to ProRes MOV.

By clicking “Edit” button, you can trim, crop the video, or add watermark and adjust effect to the videos which you will convert.


Trim – Choose to reserve the part you need. Just choose the chapter which you need to trim, to set “start time” or “end time”, type the portion which you want to save.

Crop – Remove black edges of your video or just get the scale of this video you want.

Effect – Adjust the effects by adjusting the parameters, such as:

1) Deinterlacing – If there are some stripes on the picture, you can check this option to make a better picture effect. (Checked by default)

2) If you want to get 3D effect, just enable this function and do settings.

Step 5. Click the “Convert” icon under the preview window, and the Mac MTS to ProRes Converter will start transcode A57/A65/A77 1080p 50p/60p MTS to Prores MOV for FCP(X) on Mac.

After the conversion, click the “Open” button to locate converted files, then load ProRes .MOV files in FCP (X). Now you can successfully and easily import Sony 1080 60p/50p MTS footage to FCP 6/7 or FCP X for editing with best quality.

P.S. If you want to edit Sony Alpha Camera videos in iMovie, you just need to choose the “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" in the second step.

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