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Import AVCHD files to iMovie '08 '09 '11

How to import avchd files to iMovie for further editing?

iMovie is a proprietary video editing software application, now we often use iMovie'08, '09, '11 or special iMovie for IOS. iMovie allows Mac users to edit their own home movies in DV, HDV, MOV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 formats directly. Sometimes, iMovie '09 can accept AVCHD.MTS video, but only when they are running on an Intel-chip based Mac.

Canon, Sony, Panasonic, JVC etc camcorder always record video in AVCHD formats, the extension is .MTS and M2TS. Then, is this mean we are impossible to edit our camcorder AVCHD files using iMovie? Of course not, this article will introduce your the best solution.

AVCHD to iMovie converter supports convert AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, TS, TP, TRP files to DV, HDV, MOV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 for importing to iMovie '08/'09/'11 etc on Mac(Snow Leopard included)

AVCHD to iMovie software also can import other mac editing software like : Final Cut Express, : Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro etc on Mac os.

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Tips: Final Cut Express has the ability to import iMovie '08 projects, not fcp. Final Cut Express projects can be imported into Final Cut Pro, but not vice versa.
Tips: Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 or later can support AVCHD video but not in the trial version/upgrade. Elemental Accelerator is a third party plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 that converts AVCHD to various H.264 or MPEG-2 formats.

AVCHD to iMovie tool also supports extract audio from AVCHD video, batch import AVCHD files to various multimedia device and edit AVCHD files like clip, crop, apply effect, set output parameter, merge, snapshot, rotate etc on Mac.

Step by step on import AVCHD files to iMovie 08, 09, 10

Connect the plug-in USB connector of your AVCHD camcorder with Mac, save your AVCHD files on your Mac.


Download, install and run Mac AVCHD to iMovie converter on you Mac

AVCHD to iMovie Converter


Add AVCHD files, set output and save

Click "Add files" to Add AVCHD files, it accept batch convert, you can add more than one a time. Click "Profile drop-down list", you can set the output as DV, MP4, MOV etc.

Click "Destination" to save it to destination place.

Output AVCHD to iMovie



Click Trim, you can set starting and ending time of you AVCHD files.
Click Edit, press 'Effect' button to adjust brightness, contrast and saturation, press 'crop' button to set aspect ratio of the zoom to orignal, full screen, 16:9, 4:3.
Click Setting to adjust Resolution, Bit Rate, Frame Rate and Encoder of AVCHD video.

Edit AVCHD with AVCHD to iMovie Tool


Convert and import AVCHD files to iMovie

Just click"Start button" to finish whole progress, then import ripe AVCHD files to iMovie.

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