iMovie 09/11 supports most common video codecs, including DV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 and AIC. However, people often find it's not easy to edit AVCHD footage, so mac avchd MTS video to MOV converter that iMovie natively support can be a good solution. For the users of Panasonic DMC-ZS35, DMC-ZS40, DMC-FT1, AVCHD Lite or Canon/Sony AVCHD camcorders, a 100% safe and effective conversion tool may be very helpful.
"I have a camera that captures in .mts files, and I want to convert MTS to Apple Codec iMovie files (720p). And ultimately I want to burn all of these files to DVD's using Roxio Toast."
Aunsoft top MTS Converter for Mac does pretty good job to transcode MTS to AIC MOV, ProRes MOV, DVCPRO MOV, etc for iMovie, FCP, QuickTime on Mac Mavericks. It solves the problem that iMovie 11 and earlier version that greatly increase file size, reduce video quality and waste a lot of time in the process. The output AIC MOV will preserve the quality almost as high as original file for you to make good quality DVDs with Roxio Toast. For creating good quality DVD my experience, if you get your AIC MOV with progressive before using it in iMovie 11, iMovie will not degrade the quality. This program allows you deinterlace bad video interlacing and remove the distracting horizontal lines with one click. If you have a camcorder like JVC GY-HM650 (record in MXF, AVCHD, H.264 MOV, and MP4), you can turn to multiple video supported iMedia Converter for Mac.
Below is a simple tutorial to transcode MTS video files to 720P iMovie MOV. The advanced technology and the clear interface it use make the timesaving conversion process with only 4 steps.
Step1. Import MTS files
Click "add video" or "add folder" to load Sony HDR-CX330 files. You can also directly drag files to the program. The program supports batch conversion and allows you capture images.
Step2. Choose output format.
Click the "format" and choose the "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (.MOV)" files.
Step3. Set video size as 720P
Here you can set video size as 720P. You can also customize bitrate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel as you need.
Click "Conversion" icon that the MTS Converter for Mac will convert MTS to 720P Apple Codec iMovie files at fast speed.
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UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac is also a Mac AVCHD/AVCHD Lite Converter/Player/Editor for Canon, Sony, Panasonic and JVC cameras. It’s specific on converting AVCHD/MTS/M2TS, AVCHD Lite MTS files to various video formats in sync and encoding them with preferred video codec for NLE programs on Mac, such as Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Aperture 3, Pinnacle Studio, Kdenlive, Keynote, Avid Xpress Pro, Adobe Creative Suite 6, Adobe After Effects CS6/CC7, Sony Vegas Pro, DaVinci Resolve, iPhoto. And support ProRes 422, ProRes 4444, DNxHD, DVCPRO, Apple InterMediate codec, QuickTime MOV outputting with the best video quality interlaced or progressive. It’s also a smart assistant to well sync your footage to portable devices for playing back on iPad/iPhone/iPod, Android Devices like Samsung Galaxy, Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD; well support Nokia Lumia, Apple TV and other HDTV videos outputting; and other devices like XBox 720, ps4, etc.