Sony PJ260 to iMovie-Editing Sony PJ260VE 1080p AVCHD in iMovie 11/09/08 on Mac (Yosemite)

In this tutorial, you will learn how to convert Sony HDR-PJ260/PJ260VE AVCHD .mts videos files to iMovie compatible format for editing without problems.

The Sony PJ260 uses a 1/3.91 (4.6 mm) backlit Exmor R CMOS sensor with 5.4 Megapixels (2.2 effective Megapixels in video mode). Top quality HD video is recorded in 1920 x 1080 / 50p—that's 50 full frames per second in progressive scan format. In this mode, which is the crème de la crème of HD video, footage is recorded with a bitrate of 28 Mbps in Mpeg-4. For those of you who like to cut and edit footage, be aware that while you'll already need a pretty powerful computer to work with AVCHD/50i, working with 50p video will require even more power. Thankfully, the PJ260 has some less heavyweight recording formats on offer, including 25p and 50i with lower bitrates (17 or 9 Mbps).



If you have downloaded some Full HD videos from the camera and plan to edit with iMovie, you will meet some troubles like the user “I’m using iMovie, and I’m trying to import the video from my camcorder (Sony HDR-PJ260VE). But when I clicked the camera button, iMovie crashes. Why I can not import the clips to iMovie directly? Am I missing something? Pls help me!”

As we all know AVCHD is superb format for recording video but not a good format for editing, especially because of 50p AVCHD nonstandard format. Besides, iMovie’s best compatible format is Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC). To successfully import your HDR-PJ260VE videos to iMovie for editing, you’d better encode AVCHD to AIC before transferring. If you use Brorsoft MTS to iMovie Converter, you not only can batch transcode MTS files for iMovie, also can get the best settings for playing and editing videos. Below is a simple but useful guide for you to do the fast conversion.



Step 1: Install the Mac AVCHD Converter you have found on your mac. Run it and transfer or drag the 1080p footages from Sony HDR-PJ260VE to the converter.
Tips:
1) If necessary, you can merge several AVCHD clips by ticking “Merge into one” box.
2) This Sony HDR-PJ260VE MTS Converetr not only can help you to transcode MTS file for editors such as FCP X, Adobe Premiere and so on, but also can convert these AVCHD files to common video formats for portable device or TV such as .mp4, .avi, .mov and so on.

Step 2: Click “format” bar to choose the compatible output format for iMovie .
Click “iMovie and Final Cut Express-Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)” as the best format for iMovie.
Tip: You can tap the “Browse” button on the main interface to choose the place where you want to save your converted file on your mac.

Step 3: You can click “settings” to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want. Set video size as 1920*1080, video frame rate as 25fps.

Step 4: Click Conversion Arrow button on the main interface to start converting Sony HDR-PJ260VE 1080p MTS to iMovie on Mac OS X.

When the conversion process is 100% completed, you can ingest your 1080p AVCHD recordings into iMovie(11 or earlier) without problem.

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