Summary: Came upon issues while importing or editing AVCHD MTS clips from a Canon VIXIA HF M500 on Mac iMovie, Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro 6/7/X? No worry, this post will give a remedy for your problem. It elaborates an easiest way to convert Canon HF M500 AVCHD video to MOV format, so that you can edit them on your Mac computer smoothly.
Like other cameras in Canon’s VIXIA product line, the Canon VIXIA HF M500 is able to record video files in both AVCHD format and easy-share MP4 format. For editing, the MP4 is easy to handle, while the AVCHD footage sometimes causes problems one or another, like crashing issues, incompatibility issues and more. To be ale to import and edit Canon HF M500 AVCHD footage on Mac NLEs like iMovie, FCE, and FCP 6/7/X more smoothly, the best way is transcoding the AVCHD MTS clips to an intermediated format that is friendly with your editing program. For example, you’d better convert Canon VIXIA HF M500 MTS clips to AIC .MOV for editing in iMovie/FCE, and encode Canon M500 AVCHD footage to Apple ProRes for working with Final Cut Pro. This requires third party program like Video Converter for Mac.
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Edit Canon HF M500 AVCHD video on Mac – how to convert Canon HF M500 MTS clips to MOV for editing on Mac?
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
Step 2: Select output format for your editing program
To convert Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD to AIC for iMovie/FCE, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
Note that the AIC codec is also accepted by 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.
To transcode Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD to ProRes for FCP, you need to select ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format under ‘Final Cut Pro’ column. The ProRes codec is workable in FCP X and its former version FCP 6 and FCP 7.
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 Canon VIXIA HF M500 AVCHD MTS to MOV Conversion on Mac
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 or ProRes MOV files for editing in iMovie, Final Cut Express or FCP 7/6/X with optimum performance.
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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