NEX-VG30 -- the successor to the VG20 -- which offers many of the same features, but with a 16.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor instead. If you're looking for a capable Handycam and don't want to spring for full-frame, this is your match. Sony NEX-VG30 has the ability to record 1080P videos at 24p and 60p frame rates. It is safe to say, VG-30's recording has achieved to be breathtaking and impressive, which is recorded in AVCHD or MPEG-2 format.
AVCHD format keeps high video quality and many users will choose to shoot 1080 60p AVCHD recordings, but to customize movies, you will find it is not easy to edit Sony NEX-VG30 MTS clips on Mac in software programs like iMovie and Final Cut (FCP and FCE). The AVCHD (especially 1080 60p .mts flies) are not friendly with Mac in iMovie and Final Cut, thus they can not be read and ingested natively.
To make it easy to edit Sony VG30 AVCHD files in iMovie and Final Cut, the best solution is to transform Sony AVCHD MTS footage to ProRes/AIC codec MOV format, Apple ProRes 422 MOV format is best supported by FCP or FCP X, AIC MOV is best format for FCE and iMovie.
Here a powerful MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac from Pavtube is the best choice for you. It can generates best editing format/codec for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as FCP 6/7, FCP X, iMovie 8/9/11, Adobe Premiere Pro CS4/CS5/CS6, Adobe After Effects, FCE, Apple Aperture 3, Kdenlive, Keynote, Avid Xpress Pro, Adobe Creative Suite 6, DaVinci Resolve, iPhoto, and so on.
What's more, Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac also support adding subtitles (.srt, .ass, .ssa) into your video files. (Read more: How to output embedded with subtitles files for editing on Mavericks?)
The below is a brief guide for beginners:
Step 1. Install and run Pavtube Sony AVCHD Converter for Mac, it's an professional AVCHD to FCP/FCE/iMovie Converter which can convert Sony NEX-VG30 AVCHD files to different formats on Mac OS X (Mavericks 10.9 included).
Click "Add Video" to load the .mts files from Sony VG30 Camcorder to the Mac Converter.
2. Click "Format" bar to choose output format:
Choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as the best output codec for importing MTS files from Sony VG30 to Final Cut Pro (X) editing.
Choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)" as the best video format for importing Sony VG30 AVCHD files to iMovie or Final Cut Express.
Then you can set the output folder by clicking "Browse" icon as you need.
Step 3. If you want to customize the output parameters, you can click settings button. Adjust the resolution and others as you need.
Step 4. Click "convert" button to start converting Sony NEX-VG30 AVCHD MTS to ProRes 422/AIC MOV format for editing in iMovie and Final Cut.
After finish converting, you can import the converted AVCHD to FCP, iMovie, FCE for editing as you want.