Edit Canon Vixia HF R11 AVCHD MTS on Mac iMovie, FCE, FCP (X)

Summary: If you are facing import issues while editing Canon Vixia HF R11 AVCHD MTS video files on Mac iMovie, FCE or FCP (X), you may have interest in this post. It explains an easiest way to convert Canon Vixia R11 footage to AIC/ProRes encoded MOV format for editing on Mac with optimum performance.
Canon HF R11

I’m looking for a Canon VIXIA R11 AVCHD Converter for Mac
“Hi, guys, I’m planning to use iMovie to do some basic editing on a couple of AVCHD footage taken with a Canon VIXIA R11. iMovie allows for easy and direct importing of videos from my camcorder, but it is very unreliable and unstable, so I needed something else to transcode them to a QuickTime format so I can edit them swimmingly on my iMac. Can you or somebody PLEASE tell me which program will do what I wanted with lossless quality? Appreciate any and all feedback/help. Thanks.”

To be able to convert Canon R11 AVCHD files to MOV for editing on Mac iMovie, FCE or FCP 6/7/X, you can give Video Converter for Mac a shot. It is easy to use and supports many different formats. Best of all, it comes with optimized format presets for Apple iMovie, FCE and FCP (X), being able to convert Canon R11 MTS clips to AIC .MOV for iMovie/FCE, as well as encode Canon R11 AVCHD to ProRes 422 for FCP maintaining original quality of your source media. It will do what you want at a reasonable price.

Download a free trial of Video Converter for Mac
Canon HF R11 Video Converter for Mac
User reviews on Video Converter for Mac
”Thank you so much. I bought the software last week. It is outstanding. What really surprised me is how quickly it imports into Final Cut. I have used mpeg stream clip in the past which does an ok on the converting side but takes much longer to import. Yours does an excellent job on both sides of the equation. Thank you very much.” – Roger

“Hello, I am a Windows user of your Video Converter and today I purchased the Mac version. The product is quite excellent and I found convert AVCHD footage to be very reliable, stable, and efficient. It is the right software for me. Many thanks.” – Alan

How to convert Canon Vixia HF R11 AVCHD MTS footage to MOV for editing in iMovie, FCE and FCP (X)?

To do this:
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Canon Vixia R11 AVCHD Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
convert Canon R11 AVCHD on Mac

Step 2: Select output format for your editing program
To convert Canon Vixia R11 AVCHD to AIC for iMovie/FCE, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
transcode Canon R11 MTS to AIC
Note that the AIC codec is also accepted by Final Cut Pro (HD 4.5 through 5), but rarely used in Final Cut Pro as of Version 6 since it now uses the ProRes codecs instead of the Apple Intermediate Codec.

To transcode Canon Vixia R11 MTS clips to ProRes for FCP, select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is full compatible with FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7.
encode Canon VIXIA R11 files to Prores
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (optional)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Begin Canon Vixia R11 AVCHD to MOV Conversion on Mac
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files or ProRes MOV files for editing in iMovie, Final Cut Express or FCP 7/6/X with optimum performance.

If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

Related posts
How to open and edit Canon XA10 AVCHD mts in Final Cut Pro?
I couldn’t get Premiere Pro CS6 to recognize audio on MTS files
AVCHD and Avid – Transcode AVCHD to DNxHD for Avid import
Is lossless conversion of AVCHD to AIC for iMovie/FCE possible?
Transcode Canon G30 AVCHD MTS to DNxHD for DaVinci Resolve