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 09

MTS workflow for Mac-Sony HDR-PJ10 MTS footage working with iMovie or FCE

Summary: In this article you will get to know Sony HDR-PJ10 with iMovie or FCE workflow: How to import Sony HDR-PJ10 MTS to iMovie or FCE? First encode Sony HDR-PJ10 MTS to AIC MOV on Mac..

Sony HDR-PJ10 Review:

Good: The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10’s built-in projector and stereo speakers are very convenient for sharing home movies. Plus, the HD camcorder has the same wide-angle lens, built-in USB cable, and good automated performance as its projector-free siblings.

Bad: If you don’t plan to use the projector, the rest of the camcorder’s performance and feature set are a bit underpowered for the money.

Question: How to import Sony HDR-PJ10 recording MTS to iMovie or FCE on Mac Mountain Lion 10.8?

“I have just got  Handycam HDR-PJ10, a camcorder that supports 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p recording, I recorded some footages when I travel. Now I want to import Sony HDR-PJ10 AVCHD files to Avid Media Composer for editing, but I always encounter problems in the importing process. What video format and codec should I use so that I can edit PJ10 AVCHD in Avid natively and smoothly?”

If you usually edit videos, you may know that MTS and M2TS format is not friendly with many editing softwar, like Avid. Avid Media Composer doesn’t support MTS files well because of the codec and frame rate, you may encounter many problems when you try to import or edit Sony camera recorded videos.

Solution: The most simple way to encode Sony PJ10 MTS footage to iMovie or FCE compatible codec/format?

The best codec for iMovie or FCE is MOV format with AIC codec, so encode Sony PJ10 MTS to AIC MOV is the first choice if you want to work Sony PJ10 footages in iMovie or Final Cut Express, follow the guide below.


Step 1. Add mts files.
Connect Sony HDR-PJ10 camcorder to you Mac. Run Pavtube MTS to MOV Converter for Mac, it’s an excellent Mac MTS to Mac converter. Click “Add” to load Sony PJ10 mts files or directly drag the files into file list.

Note: If you want to Convert Sony PJ10 MTS to MP4, you can also try Free MTS Converter for Mac from iTunes app store, this freeware has some limitations on output format, like Apple ProRes codec for FCP is not supported.

Step 2. Click on the dropdown menu of “Format”, and then follow “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”. By the way, the Mac Panasonic AVCHD Converter also supports output Apple ProRes format for using in Final Cut Pro.

Step 3. Edit MTS video with the best AIC Converter for iMovie: trim AVCHD file into small segments, cut black sides around video, apply special effects, audio replacement, etc. And click “Settings” button, then you will enter the following interface, on which you are allowed to customize size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel to your required ones. (Tip: this converter can helps you to downmix 5.1 channell to stereo for iMovie editing)

Step 4. Click “Convert” to start to transcode Sony PJ10 MTS to AIC MOV on Mac OS X. You’ll see the conversion process,  get the output QuickTime AIC .mov files by clicking “Open” button after conversion.

The software can help you to convert Sony PJ10 MTS footage to MOV at a short time if the file not so big. Video and audio quality and synchronization are perfectly guaranteed.


1. You can also read more guides in Pavtube MTS column.

2. If you want to burn MTS to DVD from Sony PJ10, view the guide “Burn huge MTS files to DVD without loss of quality“.

I hope you read happy!

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