Monday, June 24, 2013

Make Sony A58 AVCHD footages working with iMovie/FCE on Mac

"Hi, I'm using a Sony SLT-A58 on a MacBook Pro. I need to upload these videos to iMovie so that I can edit them later. But it seems iMovie does not like to work with my videos, I think I'm just missing something that is pretty simple. Can anyone help?

The Alpha SLT-A58 is one of the SLRs camera from Sony which apparently want to enter the SLRs market with such a worthy entry level product. The Alpha A58 replaces Sony SLT A57, and become a competitive camera in this price class with incredible video quality. Sony A58 record full hd videos at 1080p resolution and in 60i or 24p for your choice. What's more, the videos it outputs is wrapped in AVCHD codec for blu-ray-like picture quality.

However, here comes the problem. The AVCHD codec allows people save large extraordinary videos without quality loss, but the output video size is pretty large correspondingly. It's not easy for permanent preservation. Also, AVCHD is not a Mac friendly video codec, and the mts format is not support by many nonlinear editing programs on Mac, such as Final Cut Pro, iMovie/Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, etc. What should we do to make Sony A58 AVCHD footages working with iMovie/FCE on Mac

Since Mac and NLE do not work with AVCHD or MTS format natively, you need to convert Sony SLT-A58 AVCHD files to iMovie/FCE compatible codec for editing, which can be as simple as a few clicks with this Pavtube AVCHD MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac

How to convert Sony SLT-A58 AVCHD MTS for editing in FCE/iMovie?


Step 1. Connect your Sony SLT-A58 to Mac and turn it on; launch Mac Sony MTS/M2TS Converter, click top left two icons to load your footage.



Step 2. Choose iMovie/FCE compatible video format.

Click "Format", you will many profiles for different programs and usage.

For Mac iMovie or FCE users, click "iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)" as the best codec for editing.



You can also click "Settings" which is marked as 3 above, to set the output video specs manually.

Step 3. Click the big red circle to start converting Sony SLT A58 AVCHD MTS to AIC MOV for using in FCE/iMovie. Check "start streaming server after conversion", you can share/edit the converted video directly on anther Mac.

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 step-by-step guides on how to video files to iMovie