Sony HX400V and iMovie – import HX400V 60p AVCHD to iMovie

Summary: If you are trying to find out a 60p AVCHD converter for Mac to convert Sony HX400V 60p AVCHD footage to MOV for editing on Mac iMovie, you may come to the right place. This post is to guide you through the process of encoding HX400V 60p MTS files to AIC .mov for use in iMovie with optimum performance.
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Needed to convert Sony Cybershot HX400V AVCHD footage for editing in iMovie
“Hi, there, I am having trouble using video files taken with my Sony HX400V Cybershot camera in iMovie, so I decide to convert them first. The file format is AVCHD shooting at 28M PS (1,920×1,080/60p). I googled a lot to find 60p AVCHD converters for Mac, but couldn’t find one that worked as I wanted. I came upon bad playback quality as well as audio and video slipping out of sync issues. I don’t want to waste much time on this any more, so I’m wondering if someone can tell me what’s the best program to transcode HX400V 60p AVCHD file to MOV for editing on Mac iMovie without lossy quality. Thanks.”

It seems that iMovie will import most .mov or other QuickTime files, it also supports some versions of AVCHD but performance is not guaranteed, particular for 60p AVCHD files. We do recommend using HD Video Converter for Mac to convert Sony HX400V 60p AVCHD footage to a Mac friendly MOV format with Apple InterMediate Codec before use in iMovie.

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Sony HX400V and iMovie workflow – how to encode Sony HX400V 60p MTS files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

The steps:
Step 1: Open up HD Video Converter for Mac as a Sony HX400V 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 using this Sony HX400V Video Converter for Mac, 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 Sony HX400V 60p AVCHD to iMovie AIC conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files for use in Apple iMovie’8/9/11 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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