Issues importing Canon VIXIA HF R62 AVCHD MTS video files to Apple iMovie

Does iMovie have native support for Canon Vixia HF R62 AVCHD? How can I expect a smooth workflow between Canon HF R62 and iMovie? If you run into issues working with VIXIA HF R62 AVCHD MTS files in iMovie, you may wish to read this post. It displays a workaround to transcode VIXIA HF R62 AVCHD MTS to Apple InterMediate Codec for use in iMovie smoothly.
iMovie native support for Canon HF R62
How can I edit Canon Vixia HF R62 AVCHD files in iMovie flawlessly?
“Hi, there, I have a new Canon Vixia HF R62 camera. I am having trouble letting iMovie recognize its AVCHD footage. iMovie’s camera support page confirms that AVCHD is supported. However, when I attempt to import new movies in iMovie 10.0.7, only MP4 movies are available. How can I go through this? Any suggestions? I would really appreciate any guidance. Thanks in advance.”

The VIXIA HF R62 supports MP4 or AVCHD Progressive Recording. Whether you’re capturing MP4 or AVCHD files, it supports Full HD 1920 x 1080/60p video capture. MP4 files are captured at bit rates up to 35 Mbps, while AVCHD Progressive records at bit rates up to 28 Mbps. If for whatever reason you are having issues loading VIXIA HF R62 AVCHD files to iMovie, we would recommend transcoding them to a format that is best suitable for use in iMovie, such as Apple InterMediate Codec, which iMovie will recognize and handle well. Here’s a quick guide displaying how to process HF R62 AVCHD to AIC .mov conversion for iMovie editing.

[Guide] How to convert Canon HF R62 AVCHD to iMovie preferred AIC .mov?

Software requirement
HD Video Converter for Mac
Canon HF R62 and iMovie

Download and install HD Video Converter for Mac, and then follow these steps:
work with VIXIA HF R62 AVCHD MTS in iMovie

Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Canon VIXIA HF R62 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 R62 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.
transcode VIXIA HF R62 AVCHD MTS to AIC
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 R62 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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