Guide on Importing AVCHD .MTS files to iMovie
Technically, the iMovie video editing application that comes with Apple's iLife suite lets users import MTS files into the application directly from a camcorder. But in fact, not all AVCHD camcorders are recognized by iMovie. And there is no way to import single .MTS to iMovie that you have previously transferred from the camera to computer as the file structure has changed and iMovie won't accept them. Importing an MTS file into iMovie application is not as easy as importing a MOV movie file anyhow.
If you have some problems when trying to import MTS clips to iMovie produced by Sony, Canon, Panasonic, etc. camcorders, you'll have to convert MTS to iMovie friendly video format like AIC .mov, so that these MTS videos can be accepted by iMovie (iMovie 11) natively.
Here Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac is highly recommended as the best MTS to iMovie converter under Mac OS X macOS Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion. With it, you can convert .mts and .m2ts files to iMovie compatible videos with ultra-fast conversion speed and lossless video quality. It provides the video preset "Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)" for iMovie so you don't need to worry about the compatibility. Besides, more optimal presets like Apple ProRes for FCP, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer are provided as well. Download the program and the below is a brief guide for beginners.
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How to convert and import MTS/M2TS file to iMovie
1. Add MTS to the converter
Plug the camcorder to the computer after lunching the software and the program will automatically detect and display them for you to select. In case the .mts or .m2ts files are already on the computer, you can drag and drop them in the main interface, or click Add button to import them.
Tip: If you want to merge several MTS clips into a long video, just check Merge into one file box.
2. Choose iMovie compatible format
Click "Format" bar to choose the output format. Click and choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov). It's the best format for editing M2TS/M2TS in iMovie 8/9/11.
3. Adjust audio and video settings
The Mac MTS Converter enables users to adjust audio and video settings. 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.
4. Start to convert MTS/M2TS clips to iMovie
Click "Convert" button to start transcoding MTS/M2TS to AIC .mov for importing to iMovie on Mac.
After the conversion is finished, just run iMovie program and import the generated .mov files. You will find the output video work on iMovie 8/9/11 perfectly.
Besides iMovie, this MTS/M2TS to iMovie converter can also help you transcode MTS, M2TS videos to Final Cut Pro X/7/6, FCE, Avid Media Composer 4/56/7, Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4, Adobe After Effects and more NELs. Just choose a proper format in the second step.
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