Transcode Sony 5N AVCHD for easier use in iMovie

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Is there anything I can do to solve incompatibility issues editing Sony 5N AVCHD MTS files in iMovie? The easiest workaround is converting them first. In this post, we guide you through the process of encoding Sony 5N MTS clips to AIC .mov for use in iMovie fluently.

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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 5N 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 5N AVCHD mts files to AIC .mov for use in iMovie without any hassles.

How to transcode Sony 5N AVCHD .mts files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Sony 5N 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 5N AVCHD footage.
Run Video Converter for Mac, and click “Add File” to load Sony 5N 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 5N AVCHD files for iMovie editing.
When ready, Click “Convert” to start Sony 5N 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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