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iMovie 8 and M2T files from hard disk: Can I Import M2T to iMovie?

iMovie & M2T files: How do I import .m2t to iMovie 8?


Summary: "How do I import HD .m2t files into iMovie 8" has become a hot topic for Mac users. To successfully import HD M2T into iMovie 8, the following guide will tell you how to do it step by step...


"My problem is this...My wife had some interview videos shot of her family and the files were saved at .M2T. I have been trying to find something that will convert these files into a format that can be used with iMovie 8, so far no luck, they are high def and I don't want to loose any quality. Are there any recommendations, what format should .M2T be converted to so that iMovie can edit them?"


  • Reason 1: MTS, M2T, M2TS videos are only compatible with iMovie which run on a Mac with an Intel-based Core Duo processor or better.
  • Reason 2: It is allowed to import individual AVCHD MTS or M2TS directly from the camera, but it is not possible to import single MTS or M2TS files that are on the hard drive unless the file structure from the memory card is in place.
  • Reason 3: Due to the wide range of media types, and the different ways manufacturers store video on these media types, not all AVCHD (in mts, m2t, or m2ts) camcorders are compatible with iMovie.

    In attempting of importing .M2T to iMovie 8 for smooth editing, you are suggested to transocde .M2T to AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec), the favorite editing codec of iMovie in advance. The Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) does not use temporal compression, so every frame can be decoded and displayed immediately without first decoding other frames. The drawback of this codec is that it requires much more bandwidth and hard drive storage space. The following section elaborates how to convert HD .M2T to AIC MOV for iMovie 8 editing. To conduct the conversion, you need a handy video encoder. Here we recommend the Pavtube M2T to iMovie Converter for Mac.

    Convert .M2T videos to AIC .MOV for iMovie 8 on Mac effortlessly

    Step 1. Run the Mac M2T to iMovie Converter, simply drag-and-drop the m2t files need to convert into this Mac HD Video converter. Or you can click either "Add Video" button or "Add from folder" button to load source .m2t files.



    Step 2. Choose configured presets for iMovie. In order to convert M2T to AIC for using in iMovie 8/9/11, simply hit "Format" menu and follow "iMovie and Final Cut Express" > "Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)".



    Tip: By clicking "Settings" button, you are able to enter the "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video and audio parameters for your Canon T4i MOV source files, including video size, bit rate, frame rate and more.



    Step 3. Hit the "Convert" button to kick off to M2T files to AIC MOV conversion on Mac.

    Step 4. Import converted AIC MOV to iMovie. Launch iMovie 8, and then choose File > Import > Movies to import the converted M2T footage to iMovie for further editing.

  • iMovie File Importing Steps: How to import video files or projects to iMovie 8/9/11 on Mac?



    About Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac

    This program is good at encoding AVCHD/MOD/TOD camera shootings to different formats (H.264 MOV/MTS/M2TS/M2T/MKV/AVI/MXF, etc.) for editing on more Mac editing software, i.e. encode M2T to ProRes for FCP, encode M2T to DNxHD MOV for Avid, encode M2T to WMV/MOV/MPG for Premiere Pro, etc...Only need to change the step 2.

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