Editing Sony A9 AVCHD MTS clips in iMovie

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How do yo work with Sony A9 AVCHD MTS files in iMovie for Mac? For those who are looking for a smooth workflow between Sony A9 AVCHD footage and iMovie, this guide may shed you some light. It displays a way of re-encoding Sony A9 AVCHD recordings to Apple InterMediate Codec encoded QuickTime MOV format for use in iMovie fluidly.

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“Can’t import Sony A9 AVCHD MTS files to iMovie after High Sierra update. Anyone having problems importing AVCHD movies from Sony A9 after the High Sierra update? My Sony A9 MTS clips just stall since the upgradation last night. What should I do to go about this?”

To help resolve this issue, check to see if your specific camera model is supported by iMovie. If your camera model is supported but the problem exist, then you need to transcode your Sony A9 AVCHD footage to a format that is compatible with iMovie first. Follow the guide below to learn a way of converting Sony A9 AVCHD MTS clips for iMovie editing.

How to transcode Sony A9 AVCHD .mts files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Sony A9 AVCHD .mts video clips to AIC .mov for iMovie editing, do as below:

Video Converter For Mac , It is available for MacOSX 10.5 or above (including macOS Sierra/macOS High Sierra 10.13.14)
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Step 1: Add Sony A9 AVCHD footage.
Run Video Converter for Mac, and click “Add File” to load Sony A9 AVCHD MTS files into this program.

import AVCHD MTS video files

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie from “Profile” list
Click “Profile” to select {{export.win.select-profile-steps}} as output format. AIC .mov is iMovie’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie will recognize and handle well.
Select output profile format

If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “Enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Settings for AVCHD video files

Step 3: Start encoding Sony A9 AVCHD files for iMovie editing.
When ready, Click “Convert” to start Sony A9 AVCHD .mts to iMovie conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click “Open Folder” to get the generated AIC .mov files for editing in iMovie with optimum performance. Hope this helps solve your problem.

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