Sony RX10 and iMovie – convert RX10 AVCHD to AIC

Summary: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 is capable of shooting video files in AVCHD Ver. 2.0 at 60p, 60i or cinematically expressive 24p. If you have troubles while importing RX10 AVCHD footage to iMovie to do further editing, this post will give you a hand on this.

Sony finally released the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 as the middle-ground model between the RX100 and RX1. As a hybrid camera, the RX10 is able to satisfy both videographers and still shooters, considering as an almost perfect travel camera.

The RX10 is able to record 1920 x 1080 Full HD movies in the AVCHD Progressive recording format at 60p, 60i and 24p, as well as MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 encoded MP4 format at 1440 x 1080/30p and 640 x 480/30p. With its fast zoom lens, video recorded at its best video 1080/60p looked colorful and smooth, with sharp detailing and little visible artifacting and macroblocking.
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If you intend to edit RX10 Full HD AVCHD movies in iMovie, you may find iMovie doesn’t handle RX10 60p video well. In this case, we would suggest that you convert RX10 60p MTS to AIC (Apple InterMediate Codec), the best suited editing codec of iMovie before start. This requires third party software Video Converter for Mac, which works great as a Sony AVCHD Converter for Mac.

The Video Converter for Mac is a converter program designed for transcoding HD media, including camera and camcorder videos files to whatever format you need with best video and audio synchronization. It supported camera brands include Canon, Sony, JVC, Nikon, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Pentax, Red, Blackmagic, Sanyo, and so on. With this little tool, you are able to create editable files for NLEs like FCP X, FCP 6/7, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid MC, DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro CS 6, Sony Vegas, etc. and export playable files for iOS devices, Android devices, HD Media Players, Game consoles and more.

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Sony RX10 and iMovie workflow – how to transcode RX10 AVCHD to AIC for iMovie?

To encode RX10 AVCHD footage to AIC for use in iMovie, follow these steps:
1. Install and run Video Converter for Mac as a Sony RX10 AVCHD Video Converter for Mac. The main interface appears as below:

2. Click on ‘Add File’ to add your Sony RX10 AVCHD MTS 60p video to the program.

3. Select output format for iMovie
To create editable files for iMovie from Sony RX10 AVCHD MTS 60p video, you can click the Format bar, and 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 (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.

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. Click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings. (for advanced users)

5. When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding Sony RX10 AVCHD MTS 60p video to AIC – the best suited editing format for using within Apple iMovie’11, iMovie’9 and iMovie’8.

6. When the conversion process is done, click on ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC QuickTime files and open them in iMovie for post production.

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