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26 février 2013 2 26 /02 /février /2013 07:48

iMovie can help us to make some movie magic. Do you like editing HD videos with it? If you have got some HD viedeos from Sony NXCAM HXR-NX5U camcorder, you are likely to import files to iMovie for further editing and get a better effect for sharing with your family and friends. However, from googling, I found some users met some incompatible errors when they tried to ingest HXR-NX5U AVCHD MTS files to iMovie.

Through the professional analysis, we have to tell you that AVCHD(MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is not a good editing format. It needs a powerful Mac os x system to smoothly support the format. Besides this, iMovie is designed to edit AIC format instead AVCHD. To imput Sony NX5U videos HD .mts videos into iMovie without any trouble, you'd better encode AVCHD to AIC before importing. It menas you have to download a professional Mac MTS Convert tool to help you to do the conversion. You can free download one from Google. Here I take Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac as an example.

The MTS Convert tool not only can transcode AVCHD to iMovie, Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro NLE's video formats, but also can reformat MTS/M2TS with original video quality. Below are the easy conversion steps for you.


Step 1. Install the program I recommend on your Mac OS X computer. Run it and add .mts/.m2ts files from NXCAM HXR-NX5U to it.

Step 2. Choose iMovie’s native format Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) as the best output format.

Step 3. To get the best quality, please click “Setting” to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/25p/30p) freely as you need.

Tip: If your resource file is 1080 30p/60i, I advice you set your video size as 1920×1080, frame rate as 30fps.


Step 4. Click “convert” to start converting AVCHD to iMovie playable format for importing and editing with iMovie.

Related guide:

Get Sony A99 60p AVCHD to edit in iMovie

Convert/Edit D800/D600 H.264 files to iMovie 11

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19 décembre 2012 3 19 /12 /décembre /2012 07:10

Are you planning to edit your 60p AVCHD recordings from Sony A99 with iMovie? If so, I'm sorry to tell you iMovie doesn't support 60p AVCHD format, including 720@60fps. As we all know, Sony and Apple all say the latest version iMovie 11 can recognise the AVCHD .mts, in fact this excludes 60p. How to smoothy get the Full HD A99 60p video to your iMovie? You may have got the way to make 60p MTS editable for iMovie. Because it is easy to find an AVCHD Converter from Googling to reformat 60p AVCHD to a native format for editing in iMovie. But do you know how to get the best quality for importing to iMovie? Do you know what format is iMovie's native frmat?

If you use the professional AVCHD to AIC Converter to do the conversion, you will get the converted video with the best editing quality. It has the built-in iMovie profile for you easily to find iMovie's native format AIC with 30fps, 29.97 fps, 24fps, ect. Besides, you can freely set the video/audio settings to get the best quality as you need. Below is the easy guide on how to transcode Sony A99 60p AVCHD video to iMovie friendly format with HD.


Step 1. Install the top tool.

Download and insatll the MTS Converter on iMac.

Step 2. Import files.

Click "file" to add 60p .mts files from Sony A99 to the convert program. You can directly drag and drop several videos to it.

Step 3. Select the output format

Choose "Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” from "Format > iMovie and FCE".

Step 4. Start the Conversion.

As soon as everthing is ready, pls clcik "Convert" button to begin converting 60p AVCHD to iMovie video format.

Some useful tricks:

1) If you want to combine MTS fiels, pls click "Merge into one" icon before the conversion.

2) If necessary, you can freely set video resolution, bitrate, frame rate by clicking “Settings” after choosing the format.

3) If your resource file is 1080p, you'd better set the parameter as the below picture.


Have a good time on editing and playing Sony A99 recorded HD movies.

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6 novembre 2012 2 06 /11 /novembre /2012 03:58

In the first year of 2012, Nikon released a broadcast quality video camera- D800. In the last yesr, Nikon D600 was released. The D600 is the smallest, least expensive full frame Nikon DSLR yet, aimed directly at enthusiast photographers. It is built around a 24MP FX format CMOS sensor and crams many of the features of the more expensive D800 into a distinctly D7000-esque body. It features a 100% coverage viewfinder and 39-point autofocus system, nine of which are cross-type points.

Both D600 and D800 also can capture 1080p H.264 MOV video at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second and can stream uncompressed footage out over its HDMI port. To get a better video playback with family and friends, some users will import the H.264 files to iMovie 11 for further editing. Are you planning to do so? Do you know the H.264 is a high compression format, which can't be recognized well by iMovie, particularly those 1080p footages. It means that you will meet the "The file is incompatible" message when you try to import H.264 to iMovie. If you meet the trouble, what will you do?

In fact, if you know the video format of iMovie, you will know the best way to get D800/D600 HD recordings to iMovie 11. The iMovie surpports to import 1080i and 720p AVCHD and DVCPRO HD recordings from Cameras and its native format is Apple Intermediate Code(AIC). You can derectly dra and drop AIC file to imovie for further editing. So the easiest way is to transcode H.264 MOV to AIC on Mac OS X with a video convert tool.

If you have not an app to convert D800/D600 1080p file, you can use the top H.264 MOV to iMovie Converter. With the professional software, you can quickly do the H.264 MOV to AIC conversion with original video qualiy. I have been using it for a long time, and I never meet the unsurpported messages on my iMac. Then I will share the simple steps with you.


Step 1. Connect your camera to your Mac, or insert SD/Memory card into the computer. Open the app for free trial and click "file" to add H.264 MOV to it.

Tip: You can add several files. If you want to join them, you can tab the "Merge into on" box.

Step 2. Click "Format" bar and find the "iMovie/Final Cut Express" category. In the menu, you can see the best output format AIC. Please choose it for converting to.

Step 3. If necessary, you can tick “Settings” icon to set the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 to get teh best output quality.


Step 4. Click "Convert" button to start transcoding D800/D600 H.264 MOV files to AIC on Mac OS X. When the process is 100%, you will hear the "ding" sound, next please click the "Complete".

Step 5. How to get the converted file? Click "Open" you will see the file in the same name. Now the converted file is compatible for iMovie, you can directly copy or transer it to iMovie for freely editing. Have a good time!

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