Any solutions to solving the problem: Can iMoive and FCE accept the Sony NX5U AVCHD MTS Files for further editing?
If you are a videographer, whether professional or non-specialist, you may usually encounter
some importing issues when attempting to edit Sony AVCHD MTS files in iMovie or FCE. Let's see some frequently asked questions here:
‘I have a Mac Book Pro Vs.10.6.8, which came with iMovie '09. I just bought a new Panasonic HD
Camcorder 1080 it puts files in .MTS format. My iMovie does not support the files. It can't even pick them up. Do I need to upgrade to IMovie '11 to be able to edit my HD camcorder files
Know why not AVCHD MTS files accepted by iMovie and FCE?
As far as I know, currently there is no way to import single .MTS files to iMovie that you have previously transferred from the camera to your computer unless you have used the Archive method which saves the whole file structure of the camera onto your computer. To get iMovie or FCE work perfectly with AVCHD .MTS files, the easy workaround is to copy the video files to the hard drive and then rewrap and convert .MTS videos into Apple InterMediate Codec encoded MOV files, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie.
Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac---an easy-to-use yet powerful high-quality AVCHD (mts/m2ts/m2t) converter, player and editor. Download here and you can have a true experience of this program.
Once run the Mac MTS/M2TS to iMovie/FCE Converter, you can click "Add Video" button (or "Add from folder") to load AVCHD MTS source files. Convert supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time. Move mouse cursor to "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" as the output videos. See the screen shot here:
Tips: You could click "Settings" icon to set output parameters, like set up the video frame rate as 30fps, video size as 1920*1080 so you could get best video quality for converting Sony NX5U AVCHD footage to AIC for iMovie/FCE on Mac for further editing
In the end, don’t forget to click the ‘Convert’ to get the work started.
After a successful conversion, click "Open" button on program main UI to locate and move the generated AIC MOV files into iMovie or FCE for editing.