How to convert Sony A7R AVCHD for iMovie editing?

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iMovie won’t import Sony A7R AVCHD MTS files properly? Are there any good workarounds to go through this? In this tutorial, we will show you a workaround to re-encode Sony A7R AVCHD footage to Apple InterMerdiate Codec for use in iMovie flawlessly.

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As noted by many macOS High Sierra users, iMovie 10.1.7/10.1.8 does not work well with Sony A7R AVCHD mts clips. As a workaround, some users have resorted to use of Video Converter for Mac, a software tool that can convert various AVCHD files into formats compatible with iMovie on High Sierra and older Mac OS versions. The clips can then be imported and edited using iMovie. If you are in such a situation, just feel free to check a simple guide on how to transcode Sony A7R AVCHD mts files to AIC .mov for use in iMovie without any hassles.



How to transcode Sony A7R AVCHD .mts files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Sony A7R 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)
download Mac version

Step 1: Add Sony A7R AVCHD footage.
Run Video Converter for Mac, and click “Add File” to load Sony A7R 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

Tips:
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 A7R AVCHD files for iMovie editing.
When ready, Click “Convert” to start Sony A7R 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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