How to import MTS files to iMovie on Mac Mountain Lion/Mac OS X Lion etc.? How to Log and Transfer MTS to Final Cur Pro (X)? How to edit MTS footage in iMovie? How to import AVCHD files to Final Cut? How to Convert AVCHD/MTS to PorRes? How to encode AVCHD MTS to AIC .mov?



Oct 10

Effortless Import Sony NEX-FS100 AVCHD to iMovie/FCE for Editing on Mac OS X

Q1 – “I just purchase a Sony NEX-FS100 camcorder, and shoot some mts video clips, when I try to import the mts videos to iMovie for editing, problem comes, iMovie cannot recognized the files, so how can I solve this problem, or rather, how can I effortless import Sony NEX-FS700 AVCHD to iMovie on my Mac OS X? Thanks.”

Q2 – “I literally just bought my Sony FS100 today, and shot a quick test using quick motion. I set to 4 fps, and output format was 1080 60p. When I attempted to import the FS100 footages to Final Cur Express for editing on Mac Mountain Lion 10.8, it gave me an error (unspecified, just a red exclamation point). FCE can’t import 60p? was that the issue?”

Q3 – “We recently purchased a Sony NEX-FS100. Great camera…

I’ve spent the past few hours trying to find the best workflow to get the footage into Final Cut. The bad news is that I haven’t found much. Should I just jump ship and migrate to Premiere Pro now, or is there a good way to transcode this footage to a format that Final Cut will work with? I tried mpeg stream clip, but it doesn’t seem to recognize the source footage. I also tried Final Cut’s log and transfer, but couldn’t get that to work either. Does anyone have any advice for me?”

Q4 – “We’re looking into getting a Sony NEX FS100 and I’m wondering if anyone has any experience working with the AVCHD codec shot with the FS100 and Final Cut Express? Seen some posts that suggest the workflow is transfer AVCHD to AIC MOV. Is this going to be more of a pain than it is worth? Any helpful suggestions are appreciated.”

By Google search, I seen some posts related to this topic, but no definitive answer/solution on the subject. Here I will provide a solution on “How to effortless import Sony NEX-FS100 AVCHD to iMovie/FCE for Editing on Mac OS X”.

Sony NEX-FS100 enables Full HD (1920 x 1080) progressive slow and quick motion. Frame rates are selectable from among 60fps, 30fps, 15fps, 8fps, 4fps, 2fps, and 1fps. But its the incompatibility of supplied PMB with Mac makes numerous Mac users frustrated. They are looking for the best solution to make NEX-FS100 generated AVCHD files playable and editbale on Mac iMovie, FCP (X), FCE and other non-linear editing software.

Full list of recording frame rates is as follows:
HD PS (28Mbps) 1920×1080/50p, HD FX (24Mbps) 1920×1080/50i, HD FH (17Mbps) 1920×1080/50i, HD HQ (9Mbps) 1440×1080/50i, HD LP (5Mbps) 1440×1080/50i, HD FX (24Mbps) 1920×1080/25p, HD FH (17Mbps) 1920×1080/25p, HD FX (24Mbps) 1280×720/50p, HD FH (17Mbps) 1280×720/50p, SD/STD HQ (9Mbps) 720×576/50i

Recommend Software Program:

Pavtube AVCHD to MOV Converter for Mac – A powerful application that can easily convert all AVCHD files from Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Olympus Camcorders to MOV for editing on iMovie, FCE, FCP, FCP X, Avid Media Composer with the least loss of original video quality. It works effortless and very fast to use and converts flawlessly. It not only can convert 1080p 60fps AVCHD files to iMovie/FCE friendly AIC codec but also provide some profile setting, edit fuctions etc. With it you can also convert AVCHD to other common format such as MP4, MKV, AVI, 3GP and so on. Welcome to download the free trial here and final purchase.


Guide – How to encode Sony NEX-FS100 1080 24p/60p .mts to AIC .mov for transferring iMovie or FCE editing on Mac OS X?

Step 1. Load Sony NEX-FS100 full HD videos to AVCHD to MOV Converter for Mac.

Use a card reader to copy and transfer the .mts files to iMac hard drive disk, run AVCHD to MOV Converter for Mac as the fast Mac Sony AVCHD Encoder, and click the “Add” button to load the .mts videos. You can also use the drag-and-drop method to load the 1080p .mts files to the application UI.

Step 2. Choose iMovie compatible MOV format.

Click “Format” column to choose “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” as the best output codec for encoding Sony FS100 footage to MOV on Mac. The professional Mac Sony AVCHD to MOV converter will transcode Sony NEX-FS100 AVCHD to iMovie/FCE compatible MOV with AIC as video codec.

Tip: You can click “settings” button in the main interface to customize the output video’s parameters, such as resolution, frame rate, etc.

Step 3. You can edit the MTS video before you convert Sony FS100 AVCHD to MOV with AIC codec on Mac. By clicking “” button, you can trim, crop the video, or add watermark and adjust effect to the videos which you will convert.

Trim – Choose to reserve the part you need. Just choose the chapter which you need to trim, to set “start time” or “end time”, type the portion which you want to save.

Crop – Remove black edges of your video or just get the scale of this video you want.

Effect – Adjust the effects by adjusting the parameters, such as:

1) Deinterlacing – If there are some stripes on the picture, you can check this option to make a better picture effect. (Checked by default)

2) 3D effect – Just enable this fuction and do settings:


If you want to to limit the size and length of the video, just press on “Split the selected task” in the main interface by specifying the clip quantity, duration time and file size to cut the selected video file into required video clips.

Step 4. Convert Sony NEX-FS100 AVCHD to MOV for iMovie or FCE.

Press “Convert” button under the preview window, and start transcode Sony NEX-FS100 1080 24p/60p MTS to AIC MOV for iMovie 8/9 will start immediately. The converter works great for have a batch of files in the queue for conversion.

Step 5. Load the encoded Sony AVCHD files to iMovie.

After the conversion, you will get excellent results with the output MOV videos in iMovie on Mac OS X. Create a project in iMovie and import videos for editing. You can trim video and audio clips, add captions and titles, add narration and transitions, and create scrolling credits for the end of the movie.

Tip: If you want to burn Sony FS100 AVCHD to DVD disc, view the guide “Burn AVCHD clips to DVD without loss of quality“.

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  1. DIjei

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