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Convert Canon Legria HF R406 footage for Editing in iMovie/Final Cut Express


The Canon LEGRIA HF R406 is a budget-conscious HD camcorder with some higher-end features that single it out from the crowd. With it, you can capture Full HD movies without worrying about camera shake. Before sharing your recordings with others, you may want to edit your video footage in iMovie or FCE. However, problems occurs when importing video from Canon HF R406 to iMovie or Final Cut Express. So what's the available workaround for editing the R406 footage in iMovie/FCE?

The Canon Legira HF R406 supports AVCHD 2.0, which allows you to record in 1080p at 50p (28Mbits/sec). The utmost AVCHD 2 recording mode produces best possible image quality. but it's not optimal for video processing. For the time being, AVCHD 2 has not been adopted as an acceptable format by iMovie or Final Cut Express. That's why iMovie does not import Canon Legira HF R406 50p video.

In order to import Canon Legria HF R406 50p footage to iMovie/Final Cut Express with best possible quality, you can convert the R406 AVCHD to Apple Intermediate Codec, which optimizes the video data for playback performance and editing in iMovie. Unlike AVCHD, the Apple Intermediate Codec does not use temporal compression, so every frame can be decoded and displayed immediately without first decoding other frames.

To do the Canon Legria HF R406 AVCHD to iMovie mac task, you're highly recommended to get Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, a high-quality Mac (including Mavericks and Mountain Lion) compatible AVCHD Converter, player and editor. It has built-in preset for iMovie so that users can directly select it to get iMovie files. With it, you can effortlessly convert 50p AVCHD to Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) MOV files - ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie (no matter iMovie HD, iMovie 08, iMovie 09, or iMovie 11). The conversion is darn easy to be finished with only three clicks without loss of video quality. Click the download button below to get the program and check out the easy steps to convert and import Canon Legria HF R406 footage to iMovie/FCE without any troubles.

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Converting AVCHD 2.0 to AIC MOV for iMovie/FCE

Step 1: Install and launch the great AVCHD Converter on your Mac, transfer the Canon R406 recorded footages to the program.

Tip: Ticking "Merge into one" box, you can combine several AVCHD clips into one file.


Step 2: Click the format column to select output format "iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)" as the best compatible video format for iMovie/FCE.


Tips: You can click "Settings" button to adjust output parameters, such as resolution and bitrate.


Step 3: Finally, click the "Convert" icon on the main interface,start transcoding Canon MTS to AIC MOV.

After conversion, you will be able to get the output files compatible with iMovie effortlessly. Now you can import and edit converted Canon Legria HF R406 video footage in iMovie or Final Cut Express smoothly.

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