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AVHCD is the HD standard for full-size consumer camcorders like Canon, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, etc. Using Mac, you may have known that iMovie claims to support most of the popular HD cam. But pratically speaking, importing AVCHD to iMovie might be tricky, due to the version of iMovie, your Mac processor (PowerPC- or older Intel-based Mac don't support AVCHD editing) , and the model of camcorder.

Convert and Import AVCHD to iMovie on Mac OS X 10.6 or Later

For a hassle free experience, you may need to convert your AVCHD cam files to iMovie friendly format like MOV with a professional AVCHD to iMovie Converter, which will maximally preserve the quality of your original AVCHD footage.

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Key Features of iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe:

  • It supports nearly all the popular portable devices in the market and popular editing tools on Mac, say, iMovie and Final Cut Pro.
  • To simplify your video conversion, it supplies some optimized presets for devices and apps. Moreover, it provides some useful yet easy-to-handle edit functions.
  • Convert video files to video in any popular format so that you can import your media file to your device like iPhone, iPad, PSP, Xbox, Nokia, HTC, BlackBerry etc.
  • It allows you to burn videos to DVD.
  • It has built-in video editor which is designed to help crop, trim, add effects/subtitles/watermarks to your video before conversion.
  • Download online videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Hulu, etc.
  • It can be perfectly compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or later, including the latest 10.11 El Capitan.

Step-by-step Guide to Convert AVCHD to iMovie on Mac with iSkysoft

Step 1. Import AVCHD shoot

Plug the camcorder on the computer and all files will appear in the software's mains screen, or simply drag and drop M2TS/MTS files to the program. Or go to "File" menu, choose "Load Media Files" to locate the M2TS/MTS files you want to add.

Since the AVCHD to iMovie Mac app supports batch conversion, you can add more than one AVCHD file for converting. In addition, you are allowed to combine your files into one by checking "Merge All Videos".

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Step 2. Select iMovie from the output format list.

This smart AVCHD to iMovie converter will automatically set the format, resolution and frame rate for you, maintaining the video quality, and the output video can be imported to iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08/iMovie HD.

Note: If you just want to import certain segment of the AVCHD shoot for editing, you can trim the clip before conversion.

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Step 3. Start AVCHD to iMovie conversion

Click "Convert" to start converting AVCHD files to iMovie compatible format. During conversion, you can let this AVCHD to iMovie Converter program automatically run background and enjoy surfing on the Internet. When the conversion is done, just import your converted footage to iMovie and start your own masterpiece.

Video Tutorial on How to Convert AVCHD to iMovie on Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Optional: Online AVCHD to iMovie Converter

If you don't want to install a computer program, you can also try online video converter to convert your AVCHD videos to iMovie supported format. Try it below:

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Ashlyn morgan
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Marcos R
The other guides I referred were missing many things. This is the only one I found extremely perfect. Highly recommended to every user.
Hi, lingxing. The MTS file type is primarily associated with ''AVCHD''. Maybe you can try the Video Converter for Mac to convert your videos to Mac compatible format, like MOV.
What''s the difference between AVCHD & .mts ? Sadly, my Macbook won''t recognize video files from my Sony video camera.
Hi Cindy, try above AVCHD to iMovie converter. Just import the video to the program and select iMovie as output. Then you will get the output video which can be imported to iMovie.
I have a Sony Nex VG10 Camcorder and can't get the video's to convert for iMovie. Please give me some suggestions. I have irreplaceable video I need to get into iMovie. Thanks

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