In case that you encountered different issues while using Sony TD30V 3D MTS files in iMovie/FCE, you may have interest in this post. It explains an easy way to convert Sony TD30V 3D AVCHD footage to MOV for editing in iMovie/FCE with lossless quality.
How can I import and edit Sony TD30V 3D AVCHD MTS files in iMovie?
“My wife bought me a Sony HDR-TD30V Handycam last month. It recorded video files in 3D AVCHD format, with .mts file extension. I tried to import these Sony TD30V 3D MTS clips to iMovie for editing on my MacBook Pro, but always got problems. iMovie seemed not to work well with TD30V 3D files. Is there a way to make Sony TD30V 3D AVCHD footage full compatible with iMovie? Does anyone know what I can possibly do??? I would really appreciate any help. Thank you so much!”
To be able to use Sony TD30V 3D AVCHD files in iMovie or FCE, you are suggested to transcode them to Apple InterMediate Codec, the native editing codec of iMovie/FCE, which iMovie/FCE accepts and handles well. This requires third party converters like HD Video Converter for Mac. Read on to find out a step-by-step guide on how to convert Sony TD30V 3D MTS files to AIC .mov for use in iMovie and FCE.
How to convert Sony TD30V 3D AVCHD MTS files to AIC .mov for iMovie/FCE?
1. Install and run HD Video Converter for Mac as a Sony TD30V Video Converter for Mac. When its main interface appears as below, you can click ‘Add File’ to load your Sony TD30V AVCHD footage to the program.
2. From the Profile list, choose ‘Apple InterMediateCodec (AIC) (*.mov)’ as output format from ‘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.
3. Click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ window to custom video and audio settings like resolution, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, audio channel, etc.
4. When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start transcoding Sony TD30V 3D AVCHD MTS files to AIC – the best suited editing format for using within Apple iMovie Version 11, 8, or 9, as well as Final Cut Express.
5. When the conversion process is complete, click on ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC QuickTime files and open them in iMovie/FCE for further editing.
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