iMovie can not handle Lumix GF6 AVCHD MTS clips smoothly

Summary: If you are having troubles while ingesting Panasonic Lumix GF6 AVCHD footage to iMovie, you are in the right place. This post explains what to do if iMovie can not handle Lumix GF6 AVCHD MTS clips smoothly.

lumix gf6iMovie can not handle GF6 AVCHD MTS clips smoothly, what to do?
The Panasonic Lumix GF6 compact system camera is capable of recording 1080i HD 1920 x 1080 movies and 720p HD 1280 x 720 movies at 60/50fps (NTSC/PAL) in the AVCHD recording format. In addition to AVCHD, the GF6 can also shooting MP4 movies at 1080p HD 1920×1080, 720p 1280×720 and VGA 640×480 pixels at 30/25fps, which is web-friendly and can be shared more easily. The AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) format offers almost double the recording time in HD quality, but software support is a little thin on the ground. If you intend to import and edit GF6 AVCHD in iMovie, you will find iMovie can not handle GF6 MTS clips smoothly. In that case, you will need to convert GF6 files for iMovie.

To do format conversion, we would recommend HD Video Converter for Mac, which works great as a GF6 AVCHD to QuickTime Converter and features optimal Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) for working beautifully with iMovie’11, iMovie’9 and iMovie’8.

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How to transcode GF6 AVCHD MTS to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) for use in iMovie?

Follow these steps:
1. Install and run HD Video Converter for Mac as a GF6 AVCHD video to iMovie Converter. The main interface appears as below:

2. Click on ‘Add File’ to add your GF6 AVCHD footage to the program from your camera or from a card reader, or from an archived folder that contains your source media.

3. From the Format bar, choose ‘Apple InterMediateCodec (AIC) (*.mov) as output format from ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. Note that the AIC codec is also accepted by Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro.

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.

4. (Optional) Click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings if necessary.

5. When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding Lumix GF6 MTS footage to AIC – the best suited editing format for using within Apple iMovie Version 11, 8, or 9.

6. When the conversion process complete, click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC QuickTime files and open them in iMovie for further editing with optimal performance.

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