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How to import TS files into iMovie for Editing


TS, short for Transport Stream, is a communications protocol for audio, video, and data and very wide spread on the Internet nowadays. Normally, we can get TS files from HD camcorders such as Sony, Panasonic and cannon. But TS video cannot be played on many media players and portable devices because of its incompatibility. For instance, when you trying to load the TS files int iMovie for further editing, chances are you encounter problems as below:

"I'm importing some transport stream files (.ts) into imovie 09. All files were captured from the same device which captures from a satellite. Some files import fine, while others may either not import at all or import with only half of the audio. Is there anything I might be missing in regards to these types of clips?"

As you see, iMovie doesn't seem to like the file type. And in such case, in order to drop straight TS files to iMovie 8/9/11 with no rendering, the easy workaround is to transcode TS clips to Apple InterMediate Codec, which ensures the maximum editing efficiency and quality when working with iMovie. To get the work done, you can take Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is one of the best TS to iMovie converter tool for you.

The program comes with optimized format for iMovie, which enable you to transcode TS to AIC .mov for using in iMovie directly without any rendering or codec problems. Plus, it also allows you to convert TS to ProRes for FCP, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, etc editing with best results. Download it and follow the tutorial below to convert TS files to iMovie on Mac(El Capitan included).

Convert and Import TS Files into iMovie

Step 1: Download, install the top TS converter on your Mac. Click Add to import the TS recordings to the program for converting.

Tip: Check the "Merge into one" box, you can join several .ts files together.


Step 2: You can directly choose the preset- iMovie/FCE --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) for iMovie which has been supplied by the converter. The Mac program has some simple edit functions like cropping, splitting, add effects, etc.


Step 3: Click "Settings" button if you'd like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

Step 4: Click convert button to start encoding TS to AIC .mov for working with iMovie on Mac.

After the conversion, click the "Open" button to get the output files and then launch iMovie, choose File > Import > Movies..., to import the converted TS video into iMovie; prepare for editing.

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