Convert Sony NEX-VG20 1080/60p AVCHD to AIC for native editing in iMovie and FCE

Summary: Follow this article you will know how to convert Sony NEX-VG20 AVCHD MTS to iMovie and FCE compatible AIC .MOV format, and then you can import and edit them in iMovie and FCE without rendering on Mac.


Sony Handycam NEX-VG20 is here in all of its interchangeable lens glory. Picking up where the NEX-VG10 left off, the NEX-VG20 captures Full HD 1920×1080 60/24p AVCHD video to a 16-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. Translation: That’s some killer image quality, Hoss. The Handycam VG20 can also capture 16-megapixel still images in the RAW format, adding to the sheer versatility of this beast. In fact, Sony says that the NEX-VG20’s still image quality “rivals the expressive picture quality of a DSLR camera.”


For the users of Sony VG20 camcorder, they may have problem to edit the 1080 60p AVCHD video recordings from the VG20 on Mac, for AVCHD is not a friendly format for editing in iMovie and FCE. To solve the problem, you'd better transcode Sony VG20 1080/60p AVCHD mts footages to AIC MOV for iMovie and FCE first.

And here you need some third-party program to help. Pavtube AVCHD MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac is an ideal choice for me. It works very well in the past months and also you can choose to output the video as 1080p or other size. It can convert Sony VG20 AVCHD MTS video to AIC codec .mov format, and then you can edit Sony NEX-VG20 1080/60p MTS files natively in iMovie and FCE. 

Step 1. Free Download the Sony 1080/60p MTS Converter, install and run. And then import Sony VG20 recorded 1080/60p videos to the converter.

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PS: It's an excellent Sony AVCHD Converter for Mac which can also transcode MTS to an editable format like ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMovie/FCE, MPEG-2 for Adobe; to a playable format like MOV, MP4, WMV, FLV, etc for putting on portable devices iPad, Apple TV, Nexus 10, Kindle Fire HD, Galaxy Tab, etc or uploading to YouTube. 

Step 2. Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to "iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)" as output format.

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Step 3. Click convert button in the main interface to start transcoding Sony NEX-VG20 1080p 60P AVCHD to AIC fro editing in iMovie and FCE on mac.

Some more helpful features of the Sony MTS to AIC Converter:

1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)

2. Editor (next to "Add" icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.

After the workflow, you can go to the output folder to find the converted video files. Now you are free to log and transfer or import/edit Sony 1080 60p AVCHD files in iMovie and FCE under Mac without problems.

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