Tricks for Editing Sony HDR-CX405/B footage in iMovie

Summary: Want to import video files from Sony HDR-CX405/B to iMovie 08/09/11 while iMovie can't detect your camcorder. Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix the issue. Find it out here.

Are you planning to get one camcorder which can shoot videos in different formats AVCHD Progressive, MP4 and the even the new format XAVC S? If so, I believe Sony HDR-CX405 HD Handycam with only $ 229 is your best choice. It can easily capture 1920 x 1080 Full HD 60p/60i MTS video, 720p MP4 and 1080p XAVC S for you. You can choose to record AVCHD, which can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs and is ideal for capturing precious memories in family vacations and other moments. However, if you have some MTS files and try to import them from Sony HDR-CX405 to iMovie, you are likely to get some incompatible errors.

Do you know the reason? In fact, AVCHD is a great format for playing but not a comfortable format for editing with Mac(Almost Mac tools are designed to support MOV format). And as far as I know 1080 60p AVCHD Progressive is a nonstandard format, iMovie won’t support it natively. To bring MTS clips Sony CX405/B Handycam into iMovie for further editing without error again, we advice you to reformat AVCHD to a compatible format, such as iMovie's Apple Intermediate Codec, before importing and editing.

I have been using the professional Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac to encode my Sony HDR-CX405 AVCHD .mts footage to AIC .mov with the best befitting settings. With this software, you can aslo effortlessly transcode MTS to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HD, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 4444 for FCP, MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, DNxHD .mov for Avid MC, etc., and it works well and converts flawlessly. Below is the detailed guide for you.

Step 1. Launch the software and click Add File icon to load your 1080p MTS file(s) to it.

Step 2. Click on the pull down menu of “Format” and select “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” as the output format.

Step 3. Press the “Settings” icon to freely set video resolution, frame rate, bitrate, etc freely. Since you got 1080 60p AVCHD file, you need to change the frame rate to 30fps for easy editing in iMovie 8/9/11.

Step 4. Click "Convert" button to transcode AVCHD to AIC .mov with the best MTS to iMovie Converter.

When the conversion is over, you can click "open" to get the converted video. Then you can easily get Sony HDR-CX405/B footage to iMovie for easier editing.

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