Sony PXW-X180 is one of the hot 4K camera, which can record Full HD XAVC Intra and XAVC Long GOP, as well as MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps(MXF), MPEG HD 420 35 Mbps, AVCHD and DV. If you are seeking for a new Sony camcorder, it would be a nice choice. While, with every new camera, come many new questions about workflow. Here I will talk about Sony PXW-X180 AVCHD to iMovie/FCE workflow.
If you shot videos with Sony PXW-X180 used AVCHD format unveiled by Sony, there will be some issues when importing and editing the AVCHD videos in iMovie/FCE. However, AVCHD mts is still not so popular and widely used. So when you deal with the PXW-X180 AVCHD video in AVCHD or other Mac tools like FCP, FCE, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc, you may encounter some format incompatibility issue. This article is written to help Sony PXW-X180 users to solve such kind of problems.
First all of, you can get Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, which is an easy-to-use yet professional AVCHD Converter for Mac (macOS Sierra, El Capitan Yosemite, Mavericks, Lion included). With it, you can effortlessly transcode Sony PXW-X180 AVCHD to iMovie/FCE fully compatible format and keep original quality at mean while. This software can export ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMedaite Codec(AIC) for iMovie, FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer and more NLE systems for native editing. Here is an easy and efficient solution for you. (Read Review)
First, download and install Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac:
– Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.com/mts-converter-mac/
– Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-MTS-M2TS-Converter/3000-2194_4-76177029.html
How to Convert Sony PXW-X180 AVCHD to iMovie/FCE supported formats
1. Launch the Sony PXW-X180 AVCHD Converter for Mac and click add button to import AVCHD MTS clips to the program for converting.
2. On the output list, drop down it and you will see the ‘iMovie/Final Cut Express’>>’Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov). The AIC codec is the best codec for iMovie and FCE, although its files has a mov suffix, it’s not the same with quicktime movie format; that’s why you cannot get the Sony PXW-X180 AVCHD into iMovie/FCE directly.
Tips. Set proper video/ audio parameters. Click the “Settings” button and set proper video/ audio parameters. You can reset set the video size, bitrate and fame rate. If you would like to use default settings, simply skip this step.
3.Hit the convert button, it will start converting XAVC from Sony PXW-X180 to iMovie/FCE compatible format immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for natively editing in iMovie/FCE perfectly.