AVCHD to iMovie: How to Import AVCHD Files to iMovie 11/09/08/HD on Mac

AVHCD is the HD standard for full-size consumer camcorders like Canon, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, etc. Using Mac, you may have known that iMovie claims to support most of the popular HD cam. But pratically speaking, importing AVCHD to iMovie might be tricky, due to the version of iMovie, your Mac processor (PowerPC- or older Intel-based Mac don't support AVCHD editing) , and the model of camcorder.

Part 1. Convert and Import AVCHD to iMovie on Mac

For a hassle free experience, you may need to convert your AVCHD cam files to iMovie friendly format like MOV with a professional AVCHD to iMovie Converter, which will maximally preserve the quality of your original AVCHD footage.

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Get the Best AVCHD to iMovie Video Converter:

  • Support nearly all the popular portable devices in the market and popular editing tools on Mac, say, iMovie and Final Cut Pro.
  • To simplify your video conversion, it supplies optimized presets for devices and apps. Moreover, it provides useful yet easy-to-handle edit functions.
  • Convert video files to video in any popular format so that you can import your media file to your device like iPhone, iPad, PSP, Xbox, HTC, BlackBerry etc.
  • Allow you to burn videos to DVD.
  • Built-in video editor which is designed to help crop, trim, add effects/subtitles/watermarks to your video before conversion.
  • Download online videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, Dailymotion, Metacafe, Hulu, etc.
  • Perfectly compatible with macOS 10.7 or later, including macOS 10.14 Mojave.

Step-by-step Guide to Convert AVCHD to iMovie on Mac with iSkysoft

Step 1. Import AVCHD shoot

Plug the camcorder on the computer and all files will appear in the software's mains screen, or simply drag and drop M2TS/MTS files to the program. Or click "Add Files" to locate the M2TS/MTS files you want to add. Apart from these methods, you could also click the drop-down icon beside to directly load video or audio files from your mobile phones or camcorder.

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Since the AVCHD to iMovie Mac app supports batch conversion, you can add more than one AVCHD file for converting. In addition, you are allowed to combine your files into one by checking "Merge All Videos".

Step 2. Select iMovie from the output format list.

This smart AVCHD to iMovie converter will automatically set the format, resolution and frame rate for you, maintaining the video quality, and the output video can be imported to iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08/iMovie HD.

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Note: If you just want to import certain segment of the AVCHD shoot for editing, you can trim the clip before conversion.

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Step 3. Start AVCHD to iMovie conversion

Click "Convert" to start converting AVCHD files to iMovie compatible format. During conversion, you can let this AVCHD to iMovie Converter program automatically run background and enjoy surfing on the Internet. When the conversion is done, just import your converted footage to iMovie and start your own masterpiece.

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Part 2. Import AVCHD Video File to iMovie

After recording AVCHD videos on your camcorders such as Panasonic, Sony or any other Camera, you would then love to edit the videos. With iMovie on your Mac, you can freely edit the videos. The part below guides you on how to import AVCHD video to iMovie and limitations of using AVCHD on iMovie. Since you have your AVCHD on the external device, then you need to look for USB cable that you will use to connect your Camcorder and your Mac. Ensure also that you have iMovie on your Mac. If you don’t have it, then you can download it now.

How to Import AVCHD File to iMovie on Mac

Step 1. Open iMovie on your Mac and connect the Camcorder to your Mac with USB cable.

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Step 2. On iMovie, go to “File” button and click on “Import” and then select the location where you want to import the file. For this case click on “Import from Camcorder.

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Step 3. Next you need to do the settings on how you want to import the AVCHD file. It is advisable to import the all card so that the files will be playable. Choose whether you want to import files automatically or manually before clicking on “Import All”.

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Step 4. Next, the import window will appear. Choose where to save the file, the event and video optimization size. Finally, import the file by clicking on “Import” button.

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AVCHD to iMovie: Limitations Of iMovie On AVCHD File

Despite uploading the AVCHD file to iMovie, you will notice the file may fail to play. This is because iMovie supports native AVCHD in 1080i 50/60, 720p 24/25/30, 1080p 24/25/30. Therefore, your file is in this format AVCHD 1080p 50/60 or 720p 60 which is not supported by iMovie. Moreover, if you don’t upload the entire video card, the video may fail to play.

Solution: To fix the issue of compatibility on iMovie, you need to convert your AVCHD files to iMovie supported format using a media converter. You can convert to video formats like MTS, AVI, VOB, MOV, FLV and others. Use a software like iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe. It has the ability to convert AVCHD to iMovie. From there you can upload your video to iMovie and play it.

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Optional: Online AVCHD to iMovie Converter

If you don't want to install a computer program, you can also try online video converter to convert your AVCHD Videos to iMovie compatible formats. Try it below:

Note: Because the online tool doesn't support "https", so if the content below was blank, please manually click the "Shield" icon on the right of your browser address bar to load the script. This action is secure without any harm to your data or computer.

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Sep 27,2018 13:54 pm / Posted by to Other Video Format

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