Does iMovie’11 natively support Sony CX230 60p MTS files?

Summary: If you came upon issues while importing Sony HDR-CX230 60p MTS files to iMovie’11 for editing, you may want to know if iMovie’11 natively support Sony CX230 60p MTS files. This post will give you an answer to this question.
sony cx230
Like other camcorders in Sony HDR series, the CX230 is able to record video files in both AVCHD and MP4 format. The easy-sharing MP4 always goes smoothly, while the AVCHD footage often leads people to incompatibility issues when using them in editing programs like iMovie, particularly the 60p AVCHD .MTS files.

User Question on support of Sony CX230 60p MTS files in iMovie’11
“I’ve filmed a bunch of Full HD 1920 x 1080 .MTS files at 60p with Sony HDR-CX230, nice quality. But when I tried to import CX230 60p files to iMovie’11 for editing on my iMac, there’s no go. I googled this issue and saw a lot of people say that iMovie’11 can not recognize 60p AVCHD footage, is that true or did I missing something? Does anyone know what I can possibly do??? I would really appreciate any help. Thank you so much!”

To be able to use Sony CX230 60p MTS files in iMovie’11 smoothly, you’re suggested to transcode them to a format that is full compatible with Apple iMovie, such as Apple InterMediate Codec, which iMovie will recognize and handle well. This requires 3rd party program like Video Converter for Mac, which runs excellently as a Sony AVCHD to iMovie Converter.

Download a demo of Sony AVCHD to iMovie Converter
Sony HDR CX230 Converter for iMovie

How to encode Sony CX230 60p AVCHD footage to AIC .mov for iMovie?

The steps:
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Sony HDR CX230 Converter for iMovie. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
Sony AVCHD to iMovie Converter

Step 2: From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
importing Sony HDR-CX230 60p MTS files to iMovie’11
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 HDR CX230 60p AVCHD MTS 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’11/9/8.

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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