iMovie won’t import Sony ILCE-7R AVCHD MTS files

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iMovie won’t import Sony ILCE-7R 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 ILCE-7R AVCHD footage to Apple InterMerdiate Codec for use in iMovie flawlessly.

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“Suddenly, all my Sony ILCE-7R AVCHD mts clips have no audio in iMovie after the upgradation to macOS High Sierra…?? I believe this problem happened before and there’s a quick fix for it but I can’t remember what exactly. It’s not missing the audio tracks or has any warning signs, the audio tracks are all there as they were before, just no sound. Does anyone have the same issue? How do you fix it?”

This is a known issue between iMovie and macOS High Sierra. It can be solved via transcoding Sony ILCE-7R AVCHD mts clips to Apple InterMediate Codec. Check a guide on how to do this below.

How to transcode Sony ILCE-7R AVCHD .mts files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Sony ILCE-7R 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 ILCE-7R AVCHD footage.
Run Video Converter for Mac, and click “Add File” to load Sony ILCE-7R 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 {{}} 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 ILCE-7R AVCHD files for iMovie editing.
When ready, Click “Convert” to start Sony ILCE-7R 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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