The best format of iMovie is MOV with AIC codec. For iMovie 11. it can play AIC at 720p, 1080i and 108024p/30p. To get the best qulity for editing, I prefer to get the 1080 30p video. Sometimes, I want to get a smaller file, I choose the 720p AIC for converting to. In a word, the AVCHD to AIC conversion help me a lot. Oh, I almost forget to tell you- The convert too I am using is from Brorsoft. I run it as the best MTS to iMovie Converter to help me convert AVCHD .mts/.m2ts/.m2t clips to a compatible format for editing with iMovie. In fact, I know it still has a lot of functions, such as for converting to other format, as well as it can be workd as a video editor.
In a word, I'm pleased with the software. If you also meet the incompatible problem, I believe the software will be your best choice. Don't hesitate to free download it to have a try with the bellow detailed guide.
Step 1. After launching the MTS Converter on Mac OS X, please add file or files to it from X900.
Step 2. Choose “Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” as the best output format from "format > iMovie and Final Cut Express".
Step 3. Click "Settings" to freely set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate（from 1Mbps to 20Mbps）, frame rate (24p/25p/30p).
Step 4. Start the fast conversion by clicking "convert" button.
As soon as the MTS to iMovie conversion is over, you can get the converted X900 file by ticking "open" to iMovie to smoothly edit. After the use, you will find the Brorsoft MTS Converter is an easy-to-use program with a simple interface. Besides, you will also find it is an powerful Mac OS X MTS Converter.
In fact, I am a Panasonic X900 user. I have recorded many 1080 60p AVCHD footages for playing with my family. To get the ebst video playback, I try to edit it with FCP 7 and export MOV format for watching with QuickTime, but I couldn't bring the file into FCP with Log and Transfer. Then I went to Google and found the 1080 60p/50P AVCHD is not surpported by FCP 7, and only FCP X 10.0.3 or above can recognise it.
Luckily, I have been using a top Mac AVCHD Converter, which can help me convert Panasonic X900 1080p AVCHD recording to FCP's native format Apple ProRes 422 on ny Mac OS. In fact, it is an professional AVCHD to FCP Converter for Mac users, it not only can reformat AVCHD/M2TS/MTS to FCP compatible video format ProRes at superly quick and easy within simple four steps, but also allows you to freely set the video/audio parameters. It means that you can get the perfect HD Quality as you want with its buil-in FCP Profiel.
Guide: Transcode Panasonic HC-X900 AVCHD MTS/M2TS footages to FCP 7 without L&T
Step 1: Run the Brorsoft on your Mac, and then click the adding button to import your files to it.
Step 2: Click on the “Format” and get the dropdown menu, then move you pointer to “Final Cut Pro”. Choose the Apple PreRes 422(HQ) video format.
Step 3: If neccessary, you can click the “Settings” icon to set video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 for getting the original video quality.
1) If your resource file is 1080 50p, you'd better change the frame rate as 25fps.
2) You also can freely choose the Audio Channels as you need.
Step 4: Click the “Convert” button to convert Panasonic X900/X900M AVCHD for FCP 7 on Mac immediately. You can find the process in the “Conversion” interface.
As soon as the AVCHD to ProRes conversion is 100% completed, click "completed" and "open" to find the converted HD video. Now, we can diredctly drag and drop the file to Final Cut Pro for smoothly editing.
PS: After using the Brorsoft convert tool, we will find it save our rendering time( recognition processe with L&T). Besides we can diredctly put the covnerted vide to QuickTime for playback with friends. I think it is really a excellent Mac AVCHD Converter.
Q: I am trying to import hours of MTS files recorded from a Canon C100 into Media Composer 5. Several methods work (many posted elsewhere in the forum have been tried) but with significant drawbacks. An import of the MTS files directly into Avid takes a long time and looks pretty pixelated once complete. I've also tried converting with Clipwrap to DNxHD Quicktimes and importing those but it often leaves a problematic line over the footage. We're trying to avoid purchasing Final Cut Pro to create ProRes Quicktimes. Any other suggestions out there? We have three systems (potential for a fourth) running Media Composer 5 on a Unity. This is for a 13 episode docu-drama series, so slow import options aren't very viable for us, but we'll take what we can get! Much thanks.
In fact, AVCHD is a high compressed codec, it is not a good editing format for many video editing softwares, including Avid MC. Besides the 5.0 version of Avid MC is out-dated and needs to be upgraded. The latest Avid MC 6.5 may surport to ingest Canon C100 AVCHD files without any trouble. If you think it is a troublesome thing, you can use a third party AVCHD convert tool to convert Canon EOS C100 AVCHD to a native format before bringing into Avid.
With the top convert tool, you can easily transcode and change AVCHD/MTS/M2TS files to DNxHD for editing in Avid Media Composer 5.0/5.5/6.0/6.5 without any incompatible issue. The most important is that the it can keep the original video quality at a 5-6x faster conversion speed. You can foolow the bellow steps to give it a try.
Step 1. Add files from Caon C100 to the tool.
Run the top AVCHD to DNxHD Converter and click "file" to load the AVCHD .mts/.m2ts/.m2t files.
Step 2. Choose the best output format
Click "format" to get a video/audio formats menue, find the "Avid Media Composer" category, and please choose "Avid DNxHD 1080p(*.mov)" as the best output format in the list.
Tip: If your resorce file is 720p, you'd better choose the "Avid DNxHD 720p(*.mov)".
Step 3. Change AVCHD to Avid DNxHD
Click "Convert" button to begin transcoding Caon C100 AVCHD clips to DNxHD. The AVCHD to DNxHD conversion only take you a short time.
Once the conversion is 100% completed, you can tick "open" to get the converted video file.
If you have got some 1080 60i footages from Canon EOS C100 and try to bring the files to iMovie 8/9/11 for further editing, you may meet the "incampatible format" message. The main reason is that the recorded file AVCHD is not iMovie's native format. It is hard to avoid some troubles when we attempt to import the interlaced C100 files. In fact, if we convert the MTS to iMovie's native video AIC and deinterlace 1080 60i to 1080 30p, we will solve all importing problems for Mac users.
Then how to make it? If you use the top AVCHD to iMovie Converter, you can easily and quickly do the 60i MTS to 30p AIC conversion. The powerful convert tool can transcode any AVCHD footage shot by Sony/Canon/Panasonic/Leica Cams and deinterlace 1080i AVCHD(.mts, .m2ts) to 1080p video for kinds of video edit programs, including iMovie. It is a professional MTS Convert App for converting MTS to Apple Intermediate Codec on Mac OS X. Do you want to give it a try? If so, please follow the easy steps.
PS: Before starting the guide, please you make sure you have installed the convert software and connect your C100 or SD Memory card to your Mac computer.
Step 1. Run the best Mac 1080i MTS Converter and import 108- 60i files.
Step 2. Open the "format" and move mouse to "iMovie/Final Cut Express" category, then please choose the AIC .mov as the best oputput format.
Step 3. Tick "Setting" and you will see a "Profile setting", in the window, you can set your Video Size, Video Bitrate, Video Frame Rate, Audio Codec, Audio Channels, ect as you want.
Tip: To get the original quality, you'd better follow the below picture.
Step 4. Select file as you want to edit and right click it, you will see "Edit" button and tick it. Then you can trim, crop and add special effects to file and deinterlace 1080i AVCHD clips.
Step 5. After all things are ready, you can tab the button in the lower right corner to start converting Canon C100 footages to AIC on Mac OS X.
As soon as the fast conversion is completed, you can tick "open" to find the converted video file. You can transfer the video to QuickTime for freely playing, copy it to iMovie for smoothly editing, ect. Have a good time!