How to bring 1080-60p/720-60p AVCHD to iMovie?

Is there a way available to bring 1080-60p and 720-60p video files in AVCHD format to iMovie ’08, ’09 and ’11? If you are looking for a solution to import 60p AVCHD footage to iMovie for further editing, you may wish to read this post. It displays an easy workaround to transcode 1080-60p/720-60p AVCHD to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) for use in iMovie with optimum performance.
bring 1080-60p and 720-60p AVCHD to iMovie ’08, ’09 and ’11

Unable to import 1080-60p AVCHD media to Apple iMovie’11, please help!!!
“Hi, fellows, I have tons of 1080/60p video files copied from a Canon AVCHD camcorder which I want to use in iMovie’11. My issue is that iMovie’11 won’t recognize them as import. Does anyone know what should I do to go through this? Please advice. Thanks in advance for any help!!!”

Apple iMovie versions ‘08, ‘09 and ‘11 do not support the AVCHD 2.0 codec. This codec encompasses AVCHD footage recorded at 1080/60p and 720/60p. Therefore, AVCHD recordings in these two progressive formats are not compatible with the iMovie software. You may, however, still be able to import videos from the camera to the computer with iMovie by recording videos at either 60i or 24p.

An alternative, third-party software program called HD Video Converter for Mac has been known to support the 1080/60p and 720/60p formats. Read on to find a quick guide on how to convert 1080/60p and 720/60p AVCHD files to AIC for use in iMovie with lossless quality via using this converter app.


The AVCHD videos recorded at 1080/60p and 720/60p can be imported and played back by updating the operating system of your computer to Mac OS X 10.9 and using the iMovie 10.0 or later.

Download a free trial of HD Video Converter for Mac
import 60p AVCHD footage to iMovie

How to process 1080-60p/720-60p AVCHD to iMovie AIC Conversion using HD Video Converter for Mac?

Follow the steps below to go through the 1080-60p/720-60p AVCHD to AIC conversion process:
1. Install and run HD Video Converter for Mac as a 1080-60p/720-60p AVCHD to iMovie Converter. Once launched, its main interface appears as below:
1080-60p/720-60p AVCHD to iMovie Converter

2. Click on ‘Add File’ to load your AVCHD recordings to the program.

3. From the ‘Profile’ list, 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.
transcode 1080-60p/720-60p AVCHD to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) 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.

4. Click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings like resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel. (for advanced users)

5. When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding 1080/720 60p AVCHD MTS footage to AIC – the best suited editing format for using within Apple iMovie Version 8, 9 or 11.

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

For further information and help with iMovie, go to the Apple iMovie Help website or contact Apple.

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