Canon XA20 Professional HD Camcorder is a compact "run-and-gun" camera that is suitable for ENG, event coverage, independent and documentary filmmaking. The camera features a 1/2.84", 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensor that captures video at various frame rates up to 59.94p, including a 24p mode for a more cinematic feel. The integrated Canon 20x HD Optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent zoom range of 26.8 to 576mm and features an 8-bladed iris to render highlights in a more natural manner.
Are you currently preparing to edit your AVCHD recordings from Canon XA20 with iMovie 8/9/11? If that’s the case, I am sorry to let you know iMovie does not compatible with AVCHD format very well. AVCHD is the HD standard for full-size consumer camcorders like Canon, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, etc. Using Mac, you may have known that iMovie claims to support most of the popular HD cam. But pratically speaking, importing Canon XA20 AVCHD to iMovie might be tricky, due to the version of iMovie, your Mac processor (PowerPC- or older Intel-based Mac don’t support AVCHD editing) , and the model of camcorder.
In fact, it is dead easy to solve it! The following will introduce a powerful Canon AVCHD to iMovie Converter and provide a step by step guide on how to import Canon XA20 AVCHD to iMovie 8/9/11 with almost no loss of video and tone quality.
Step 1. Load Canon XA20 MTS/M2TS files to UFUSoft Mac AVCHD Converter
Download, install and run the Mac Canon XA20 AVCHD Converter to load your AVCHD footage from Canon XA20 camcorders to the program.
Step 2. Choose iMovie compatible MOV format
Click the “Format” option, and choose HD Video > HD MOV-QuickTime (*.mov) as output format. The Canon MTS converter will transcode Canon XA20 AVCHD to iMovie compatible MOV with H.264 as video codec in HD 1920×1080.
Step 3. Customize Canon XA20 AVCHD video Settings
You can click “Settings” button to adjust output parameters, such as resolution and bitrate. Set video size as 1920*1080, video frame rate as 30fps is optimal.
Step 4. Start Canon XA20 MTS to MOV for iMovie 8/9/11 conversion
Click “Convert” button; this top Canon XA20 AVCHD to iMovie Converter will start transcoding Canon XA20 AVCHD to MOV on Mac OS X immediately.
Once the conversion completes, you can click “Open” button to get the generated MOV files for importing to iMovie 8/9/11 for editing easily.
Tips for Canon AVCHD to iMovie conversion:
1. Joining files: Select all files and click“Merge” on the main interface.
2. Preview: Double click on the file and you can get a preview on the converter.
3. Crop: Edit —> Crop and you can get the imported videos cropped as you want.
4. Auto shutdown: Click Option and tick the box “Shut down the computer after conversion” before conversion starts.