Transfer Canon R400 AVCHD to Mac FCE and iMovie for editing

Summary: Assuming you are searching for a way to make Apple FCE and iMovie work with Canon R400 AVCHD video files, you may get some help from this post here. It explains how to convert Canon Vixia R400 AVHCD video files to MOV for working with Apple FCE or iMovie in detailed steps.

Searching for a plugin or software to transfer Canon Vixia R400 footage to FCE
“Hi, there all, I am a professional visual artist and I make wall pieces in textile. But I like videos, so I started to make videos with a friend of mine, until now they were all about the Professional Craft sector. I bought a Canon Vixia R400 camera and needed to import R400 files into Final Cut Express for editing. Before I had a Sony movie camera and Final Cut Express could read my files directly. With my new Canon Vixia R400, FCE could not read them, so I needed some way to convert Vixia R400 AVCHD files to QuickTime .mov for use in FCE. I do not think of myself as a professional video editor, but I think I am serious about and always want to know more. Does anyone know such a plugin or software? Thanks.”
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Our Quick Answer
You can use Video Converter for Mac to transfer video from Canon R400 to Mac for editing in FCE or iMovie. With this little tool, you are able to transcode Vixia R400 videos to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) .mov, the native editing codec of FCE and iMovie, which FCE and iMovie recognize and handle very well.

Download a demo of Video Converter for Mac
Canon R400 Video Converter for iMovie/FCE

How to convert Canon R400 AVCHD to AIC MOV for editing in FCE/iMovie?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Canon R400 Video Converter for iMovie/FCE. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
Vixia HF R400 to FCE/iMovie AIC conversion

Step 2: From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
transfer Canon R400 AVCHD to Mac FCE and 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.

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 Vixia HF R400 to FCE/iMovie AIC conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files for editing in Final Cut Express or iMovie’11/9/8.

If you don’t want to wait for theentire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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