How can I import Canon G30 AVCHD MTS files to iMovie/FCE?

Summary: Has anyone ever worked with MTS files from Canon VIXIA HF G30 camera? If you are trying to work out the VIXIA G30 workflow in iMovie/FCE, you may wish to read this post. It shows the detailed steps required to transcode Canon G30 AVCHD footage to a QuickTime format for editing in iMovie/FCE with best quality.
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I needed something to convert G30 AVCHD footage to Apple InterMediate Codec for use in iMovie fluently
“Hi, guys, would you please help? I am a minister at St. James Presbyterian Church in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. I recorded our church services using a new Canon VIXIA HF G30 for archiving, to make them available to shut ins, and for future webcasting. My problem is that, iMovie allows for easy and direct importing of AVCHD MTS videos from my camcorder, but it is very unreliable and unstable, so I needed something else to convert G30 AVCHD footage to Apple InterMediate Codec for use in iMovie fluently. Does anyone know a good Canon G30 AVCHD Video converter? Anyone got any suggestions? I would really appreciate any help. Thank you so much!”

Our Quick Answer
By using Video Converter for Mac, you are ale to convert Canon G30 60p MTS files to AIC .mov for working with iMovie/FCE smoothly. It comes with very easy to use menus and produces very good quality Apple InterMediate Codec conversions as well as bulk processing so you could load it with files and leave it alone to do the job.

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“I did like your video converter for Mac, very easy to use with my MacBook Pro. I own a media company and a lot of the time we get MTS files (which I hate because they are not recognized by any of Apple’s editing software, FCE, FCP, and iMovie). Your product was reasonably priced and easy to use. As a Macintosh lover and user I appreciate your software and would recommend it to my colleagues, the software would be greatly appreciated!” – George

“Your product worked perfectly. I purchased a JVC Everio HD camcorder – the AZ HM300 model. It was only once I got it home that I realized that the output format was “.mts” instead of mp4. I found reference to your product on a JVC forum, and visited your website and ordered it. It installed easily, and worked perfectly the first time. Of course, the only thing I’ve tried converting it into is mp4 files. So good job.” – Ben

Canon G30 and iMovie/FCE workflow – how to rewrap Canon VIXIA G30 MTS files to MOV for editing in iMovie and FCE?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Canon G30 Video Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
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Step 2: From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
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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 HF G30 AVCHD to MOV conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start VIXIA G30 AVCHD to QuickTime conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files for editing with iMovie’11/9/8 or Final Cut Express 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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