Sony PJ760 and iMovie – best way to import PJ760 AVCHD to iMovie

Summary: Came upon issues while editing AVCHD MTS files from Sony HDR PJ760 handycam? If so, you may wish to read this post. It elaborates the best way to import AVCHD MTS clips from Sony HDR PJ760 to iMove.
Sony PJ760 handycam
What’s the best way to transfer PJ760 AVCHD to iMovie?
”Hello, I filmed some AVCHD video recordings using my Sony handycam HDR-PJ760. They were shot at 1080p 25fps PAL. I run an iMac with OS 10.8.5 and want to edit the AVCHD footage from Sony HDR PJ760 in iMovie. iMovie can recognize my camera, but the process is buggy and unstable. What’s the best way to import PJ760 AVCHD to iMovie for editing smoothly without a glitch? Can anyone give me some suggestions if you are using the same or a similar Sony handycam? Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.”

If you run into this problem, convert the PJ760 AVCHD MTS files to iMovie’s favorite format that you know works with iMovie, such as MOV with Apple InterMediate Codec. Even though AVCHD files are listed as compatible with iMovie, they are buggy, that’s the reason users sometimes need 3rd party software to process format conversion. Read on to find a step-by-step guide discussing how to transcode Sony PJ760 AVCHD MTS files to MOV (AIC encoded) for editing in Apple iMovie with lossless quality.

Software requirement
Video Converter for Mac – working well as a Sony AVCHD to MOV Converter for Mac
Sony PJ760 AVCHD Converter for iMovie

Sony PJ760 and iMovie workflow – how to convert Sony PJ760 AVCHD footage to AIC .mov for iMovie?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Sony PJ760 AVCHD Converter for iMovie. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
convert pj760 mts to aic

Step 2: From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
convert pj760 avchd to mov for imovie
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 Sony PJ760 AVCHD (.mts) files to iMovie AIC conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files for editing with iMovie.

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.

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