"i recently bought iMovie 11 knowing my canon legria hf20 is compatible with this new software. i tried importing all my *.mts files but iMovie 11 cannot recognize this file. iMovie can detect canon and the its sd card. But the problem is the *.mts file." These is two feedback from apple discussions apple
If you only intend to watch the Canon Legria AVCHD shootings on Mac, the VLC media player for Mac can be your first choice. However, wanna edit the files with iMovie or Final Cut Pro, it depends on your luck, for iMovie’11 or Final Cut Pro does less compatibility with AVCHD than claimed. Still feel frustrated with distorted video or no audio after transferring the .mts files to the video editing programs?
Following is the models with problem with iMovie'11, you can check whether your camcorder is the list(some modes not among the list also have importing problem for unknown reasons like old Mac version, iMovie 09/08):
Canon LEGRIA FS46E, Canon LEGRIA HF M300, Canon LEGRIA HF M306, Canon LEGRIA HF M31 E, Canon LEGRIA HF M36, Canon LEGRIA HF M41, Canon LEGRIA HF R106, Canon LEGRIA HF R16, Canon LEGRIA HF R17, Canon LEGRIA HF R18, Canon Legria HF R28 E, Canon LEGRIA HF S20, Canon LEGRIA HF S200, Canon LEGRIA HF S21, Canon Legria HF S30, Canon Legria HFM32
Canon Legria Video Converter for Mac can easily fix all the issues of format incompatibility, for it allows you to convert Canon Legria HF G, HF R or HF M AVCHD videos to Mac-friendly formats like MP4 or MOV on Mac OS X(Mountain Lion supported). This software Support All AVCHD and AVCHD Lite Camcorders. Fast convert AVCHD video files to popular SD/HD video formats with high quality. Offers practical and useful AVCHD video editing features. Fully support board applications and devices output.
You can learn how to convert Canon legria HF series avchd files on mac:
Step 1: Free download, install and run the Mac Canon Legria AVCHD Converter.
Step 2: Load AVCHD file from Canon Legria camcorder into the program
Firstly, upload .mts file from Canon Legria camcorder to Mac via USB cable. Then, click "Add File" to import the AVCHD shooting(s) to the software.
Step 3: Select correct output file format
Supposed you would like to play back the shootings with the QuickTime media player, please directly choose "Common Video"->"MOV-QuickTime"
Step 4: Hit "Start" button to begin the conversion from Canon Legria MTS to MOV on Mac.
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