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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Editing 1080p AVCHD from Canon EOS C100 in iMovie 10/11/9/8/HD on Mac (Yosemite)

By learning this guide, you will get the tips and tricks of converting AVCHD 1080p from Canon EOS C100 to iMovie more compatible video format in simple steps.

The Canon C100 records to SD cards using MPEG-4 AVCHD 4:2:0 at bitrates up to 24Mbps.The captured footage carry TS, M2TS or MTS extension that most video editing programs and media players cannot recognize. Although Apple has announced that iMovie (iMovie 11) does support the AVCHD format used by digital camcorders. However, when you import AVCHD from Canon EOS C100 to iMovie for editing, you'll still have lots of problems because of the video codec, resolution, Mac processor, camcorder model, etc. The truth is, AVCHD is really not that a friendly video format for iMovie.

In order to successfully import all kinds of AVCHD from Canon C100 to iMovie for Mac or iOS, a recommended solution is convert AVCHD to iMovie more supported video format.

Brorsoft MTS Converter for Mac is just the ideal AVCHD to iMovie Converter. It supports converting various AVCHD movies to iMovie more supported MP4 or MOV. Plus, with it, you can also transocde AVCHD recordings to Apple ProRes for FCP, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MEPG-2/MOV for Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. So far I never had any issue with it and it's pretty straight forward intuitive user friendly software.

If you are facing the problem likewise, just download it and go through the tutorial below.
Supported OS:

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, Snow Leopard 10.6, Leopard 10.5
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

How to transcode Canon EOS C100 AVCHD to AIC MOV on Mac?

Step 1. Run the best MTS Converter on Mac. Then add 1080p Full HD .MTS, .M2TS file to the program.

Tip: Check the box of "Merge into one file", you can batch convert several AVCHD files.

Step 2. Click “Format” and move your pointer to "iMovie and Final Cut Express" Category and choose "Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)" format. It ensures the perfect editing with your AVCHD files in iMovie program.

Step 3. Freely set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/25p/30p) by clicking "Settings".

Note: If your AVCHD file is 1080 50p, you need to set the frame rate as 25p while 1080 60p for 30p.

Step 4.Start the fast AVCHD to AIC conversion for iMovie via clicking Convert button.

After the conversion, click "open" to find the converted video. Then you can smoothly put the Canon C100 1080 60P mts file to iMovie for editing with best quality.

Additional Tip:

Edit your raw MTS clips with this best AVCHD to AIC Converter for Mac:

By clicking “Edit” button, you can trim, crop the video, or add watermark and adjust effect, attach (*.srt, *.ass, *.ssa) to the videos which you will convert.

Trim – Choose to reserve the part you need. Just choose the chapter which you need to trim, to set “start time” or “end time”, type the portion which you want to save.

Crop – Remove black edges of your video or just get the scale of this video you want.

Effect – Adjust the effects by adjusting the parameters, such as:

1) Deinterlacing – If there are some stripes on the picture, you can check this option to make a better picture effect. (Checked by default)

2) If you want to get 3D effect, just enable this functions and do settings.

Subtitle - Add *.srt, *.ass, *.ssa to the videos which you will convert.

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  1. Here is another easy method to import AVCHD MTS, M2TS to iMovie https://www.idealshare.net/imovie-fcp/avchd-imovie.html

  2. Avdshare Video Converter also helps to convert AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, FLV, MKV, AVI, WMV, MPG, MXF etc to iMovie
    Here is the easy guide http://www.avdshare.com/avchd-to-imovie-converter