How to import single *.mts file to iMovie

Facing problems when importing single MTS files to iMovie for editing? In fact, it is easy, fast and worth the effort. This tutorial mainly explains you how to convert and import MTS to iMovie.

Although Apple claims that iMovie’ 09/11 supports commonly-used video codecs including AVCHD format. The point here, you will find it painful experience to import AVCHD MTS files to iMovie. As far as I know, if you have used the Archive method which saves the whole file structure of the camera onto your computer, you can achieve your goal smoothly. However, there is no way to import single .mts files to iMovie that you have previously transferred from the camera to your computer. That’s why you can always meet questions like “how do I open a file in iMovie with enlargement of the MTS?” or “how do i download AVCHD (MTS files) in imovie9” come from time to time.

Luckily, there is an easy way to fix the issue. Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. Here is a simple tutorial for you, guaranteed to make it smoother to get those .MTS files off of a memory card or hard drive to iMovie and without the need to connect the camera to your Mac.

The easy workaround is called transcoding. First you need to download Brorsoft MTS Converter for Mac, an easy-to-use yet professional application for AVCHD camera/camcorders. The program supports various professinal encoders – Apple Intermediate Codec – ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie. It also has outputs for other non-linear editing systems, like Apple ProRes for FCP, DNxHD for Avid MC, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere, etc.

If you’re facing problems when editing MTS files on your Mac, chances are you already installed this great utility. If not, download it from here.

Tutorial: Converting MTS files to edit in iMovie

Step 1: Go to download and install the MTS to iMovie converter on your Mac, then launch it. Afterwards, directly drag and drop MTS files to the program. Or you can tap the “Add” button to import files. Batch conversion is available, so you can add several files at one time.

Step 2: Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” as output format.

Step 3: Finally, click “Convert” button and your MTS files will be converted into AIC .MOV files ready to be imported into iMovie 11, 09 or 08.

Tips – Adjust audio and video settings

The Mac iMovie MTS Converter enables users to adjust audio and video settings before transcoding AVCHD files to iMovie AIC. Click “Settings” button, then you will enter the following interface, on which you are allowed to customize size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel to your required ones.

When the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the generated QuickTime AIC .mov files effortlessly. Afterwards, you can launch iMovie, and then choose File > Import > Movies to import converted MTS files in iMovie for further editing.

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