Thursday, July 16, 2015

Guide on Importing AVCHD Video from Sony Handycam HDR-CX900 to iMovie

By learning this article, you can easily convert and import Sony HDR-CX900 AVCHD MTS footage into iMovie for further editing on Mac OS X (10.10 Yosemite included).

The Sony HDR-CX900 is a high-spec Full HD camcorder designed for enthusiast and features many high quality features filtered down from their professional range. The camera is Full HD and can record simultaneously in AVCHD and MPEG-4, plus there is the newly developed XAVC S codec which can offer 50Mbps recording. The CX-900 also features 5.1-channel Dolby Surround sound for that truly cinematic experience.

I have been purchasing and using this Sony HDR-CX900 for a long time. While, when I import Sony HDR-CX900 Handycam MTS to iMovie for editing on Mac OS X, problems come out. Why?


The reason why we found that it is difficult to play and edit the Sony HDR-CX900 MTS videos with iMovie on Mac is due to its high rate compression and special codec. In order to make the AVCHD videos from Sony HDR-CX900 compatible with iMovie, the easy workaround is to convert Sony Handycam to iMovie edit-friendly format AIC. mov. For this purpose, this article mainly shows you how to transcode Sony HDR-CX900 videos for editing, playing in iMovie in detail. Below is the step-by-step instruction.

How to convert Sony HDR-CX900 footage into iMovie

1. You need to download, install and run Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac to achieve your goal.

This AVCHD MTS Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users make the Sony Handycam MTS files transcoded on Mac OS X(Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite included). It offers the optimal preset profiles for iMovie, Final Cut Pro 6/7 and FCP X, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, FCE and more. And there is no need to worry about the quality loss.

2. Click Add button to load your 1080 60p MTS files the program. It supports batch conversion. And if want to join MTS clips into one just click the “Merge into one file” box.



3. To convert Sony Handycam MTS to iMovie, choose iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the target format.



Tip: The smart Sony Handycam MTS Converter Mac also allows you to tweak the video, audio settings. Just click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.

4. As soon as all things are finished, please click “Convert” button to start transcoding Sony HDR-CX900 videos to iMovie on Mac OS X.

Once the conversion process shows 100%, you can smoothly copy the converted files to iMovie with smooth workflow.

Additional Tips: For those who record XAVC S videos on Sony HDR-CX900, you’d better get Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to fast solve the Sony HDR-CX900 XAVC S to FCP/iMovie/Adobe PP/Avid MC importing and editing issues.

See more:

How to Convert Sony Handycam files to MP4
How to Edit Sony Handycam files in Windows Movie Maker
How to Load Sony Handycam AVCHD videos to Mac FCP/iMovie/FCE

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