Sony NEX-VG10/VG20 AVCHD to iMovie importing Tips

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Sony NEX-VG10/VG20 AVCHD to iMovie importing Tips

Postby jacknjchn » Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:00 am

Summary: Follow this article you will know how to make Sony NEX-VG10/VG20 AVCHD MTS playable and editable in iMovie, so you can have a smooth post-production workflow in iMovie with these AVCHD footage.

Source: Sony NEX-VG10/VG20 .MTS and iMovie 11 Compatibility Solutions


The NEX-VG10, NEX-VG20, NEX-VG30 are the most popular Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorders from Sony. They all can record richly-detailed, film-like AVCHD Progressive footage with breathtaking quality. However, the full HD output uses AVCHD Progressive technology, which may cause some incompatible troubles. Thus, there comes a common confusion: how to import Sony 1080 60p AVCHD to iMovie.

As far as we know AVCHD is not an ideal editable format for iMovie, especially the 1080 60p movies(in a non-standard format). Although it is said that iMovie 8 or later version can support the AVCHD, owing to the computer configuration and operating environment, it is still difficult for iMovie 8 or later to support AVCHD videos, let alone the earlier version. So the best way to directly get Sony NEX-VG10/VG20 footage to iMovie would be to convert AVCHD files to AIC .mov before start the importing.

To get the work done, Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac is highly recommended to transfer the 1080 60p AVCHD recordings for iMovie editing. With it, you can effortlessly transcode AVCHD MTS video to iMovie, FCE, FCP, Avid MC, Premiere Pro, etc compatible formats as well as common video formats (AVI, MPG, MOV, MKV, MP4, etc) on Mac OS X(Lion and Mountain Lion included). Unlike other applications, this Mac AVCHD converter does this without time consuming, quality-sapping transcodes - conversion is quick, lossless, and easy. Below is how to.

Guide: How to convert Sony NEX-VG10/VG20 AVCHD videos to iMovie:

Step 1: Set up the MTS file converter Mac and run it. Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your MTS/M2TS recordings. If necessary, you can click the button "Merge into one" to combine several videos into one file.


Step 2: Click the “Format” to select output format. Choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express--> Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)" as the output format. It’s also the best format for editing Sony 60p AVCHD in Final Cut Express.


Tip: Before conversion, you can click the “Settings” icon to customize the video/audio settings for iMovie: 1920*1080 vide size; 30fps frame rate(for original 60fps videos) or 25fps frame rate(for original 50fps videos).


Step 3: Click the convert button on the main interface to start Sony NEX-VG10/VG20 to iMovie Conversion.

Once the process is at 100%, you can click “Open” button on the main interface to find the AIC MOV videos. Now you are free to import and edit Sony 1080 60p AVCHD files in iMovie under Mac without problems.

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Re: Sony NEX-VG10/VG20 AVCHD to iMovie importing Tips

Postby lydia622520 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:45 am

Summary: With this guide, you can smoothly import and edit Sony NEX-VG20 50p/60p AVCHD 2.0 footage in Adobe Premiere Pro by transcoding Sony VG20 .mts to Premiere Pro most compatible MPEG-2 or MOV video.


How to successfully import 1080p@50fps/60fps AVCHD MTS/M2TS clips to Adobe Premiere Pro? By searching, we can know many users want to know the solid answer. If you have got one AVCHD camcorder Sony NEX-VG20, you are likely have recorded some 60p (50p for PAL) MTS footages with it. While, it’s a pity you may find that you can't import raw Sony 60p/50p AVCHD to Premiere Pro for smooth editing. That’s because 1080 50p and 60p are not standard video formats, they are unsupported by many NLE apps including iMovie, FCE and Premiere Pro. So we have to change the Sony NEX-VG201080 60p 50p MTS first.

As we know, MPEG-2 or MOV is the best editable format for Adobe Premiere Pro, so we can convert 1080 50p/60p MTS to Premiere Pro best format in 25p/30p for editing on Mac OS X. Here Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac is highly recommended.

It enables you to quickly and easily transcode any AVCHD clip to MPEG-2 or MOV video with least image quality loss. Besides Premiere, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, AIC .mov for iMovie/FCE, ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro and more NLE systems for native editing. For Windows users, MTS Converter is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Convert Sony NEX-VG20 Full HD 50p/60p files to Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 1: Add MTS video files

Install and launch the Sony mts converter for Mac and load source video clips to it.

Step 2: Choose output format

Click “Format" pull down list to select Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as the best video format for Premiere Pro. WMV, MOV formats are the good choice as well.


Tip - Profile Settings:
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings" button and enter “Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.


Step 3: Start AVCHD video conversion

Click “Convert" button to start encoding Sony NEX-VG20 AVCHD .mts/.m2ts to MPG/MOV/WMV for importing to Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6 on Mac.

When the conversion task is finished, click “Open" button to get the exported files and then import the converted Sony 60p AVCHD files into Adobe Premiere Pro to do further editing.

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