Run into issues importing Canon VIXIA HF R50 AVCHD footage into iMovie? If so, you may wish to read this post. It displays a way of converting VIXIA HF R50 AVCHD MTS files to AIC .mov for use in iMovie with optimum performance.
How can I let iMovie recognize Canon Vixia HF R50 AVCHD movies?
“Hi, guys, I’m trying import movies from my Canon Vixia HF R50 camcorder into iMovie 10.1 on iMac running Yosemite. Movies recorded in AVCHD format. Camera appears in list of Cameras but no clips appear in the import window. I tried copying the movies from the internal memory to a SD card and still iMovie shows nothing. Any ideas of how to make the movie clips on my Vixia HF R50 appear in iMovie so I can import them? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks.”
If for some reason iMovie can not recognize Vixia HF R50 AVCHD movies, we would recommend transcoding Vixia HF R50 MTS clips to a format that is best suitable for editing in iMovie, such as Apple’s InterMediate Codec, which iMovie will recognize and handle well. Read on to learn a quick guide on how to encode Vixia HF R50 AVCHD media to AIC .mov for iMovie editing.
[Guide] How to convert Canon HF R50 AVCHD to iMovie preferred AIC .mov?
HD Video Converter for Mac
Download and install HD Video Converter for Mac, and then follow these steps:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Canon VIXIA HF R50 AVCHD to iMovie Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Step 2: Select output format for iMovie
For the purpose of converting Canon VIXIA HF R50 AVCHD files for use in iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. This format is also suitable for use in the discontinued Final Cut Express.
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: Adjust 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: Click ‘Convert’ to start Canon VIXIA HF R50 AVCHD files to MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated QuickTime files for using in iMovie with optimum performance.
Tips: If your files are HD content, the conversion process may cost a little longer time. In this situation, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.
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