How to encode Sony DCR-PC55 AVCHD to AIC .mov for iMovie?

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Depending on your rig’s capabilities, source video specifications and much more factors, you may struggle to use Sony DCR-PC55 AVCHD MTS files in iMovie. In that case, we would suggest transcoding them first. Here in this tutorial, we explain an alternative way of converting Sony DCR-PC55 AVCHD MTS files to AIC .mov for editing in iMovie with optimum performance.

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As noted by many macOS High Sierra users, iMovie 10.1.7/10.1.8 does not work well with Sony DCR-PC55 AVCHD mts clips. As a workaround, some users have resorted to use of Video Converter for Mac, a software tool that can convert various AVCHD files into formats compatible with iMovie on High Sierra and older Mac OS versions. The clips can then be imported and edited using iMovie. If you are in such a situation, just feel free to check a simple guide on how to transcode Sony DCR-PC55 AVCHD mts files to AIC .mov for use in iMovie without any hassles.



How to transcode Sony DCR-PC55 AVCHD .mts files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Sony DCR-PC55 AVCHD .mts video clips to AIC .mov for iMovie editing, do as below:

Video Converter (It is available for Mac, simply download the proper version depending on your computer.)

Free download Mac Version

Step 1: Add Sony DCR-PC55 AVCHD footage.
Run Video Converter for Mac, and click “Add File” to load Sony DCR-PC55 AVCHD MTS files into this program.

import AVCHD MTS video files

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie from “Profile” list
Click “Profile” to select {{export.win.select-profile-steps}} as output format. AIC .mov is iMovie’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie will recognize and handle well.
Select output profile format

Tips:
If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “Enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Settings for AVCHD video files

Step 3: Start encoding Sony DCR-PC55 AVCHD files for iMovie editing.
When ready, Click “Convert” to start Sony DCR-PC55 AVCHD .mts to iMovie conversion. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click “Open Folder” to get the generated AIC .mov files for editing in iMovie with optimum performance. Hope this helps solve your problem.

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