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How to Transcode Canon Vixia HF G40 1080/60p AVCHD to iMovie 09?

How to Transcode Canon Vixia HF G40 1080/60p AVCHD to iMovie 09?

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Work 1080/60p AVCHD with iMovie

The Canon VIXIA HF G40 Full HD Camcorder records 1920 x 1080p Full HD video at 60 fps in both AVCHD and MP4 format. For Mac users who are going to do some video editing work of the video footage with iMovie, you will be much concerned with the codec compatibility of 1080/60P AVCHD with iMovie. After searching on the Internet, we find that iMovie 10 or 11 natively supports to import 60p of AVCHD files, no need for conversion. However, as for iMovie 9, it does not support AVCHD 60p video. To be able to edit AVCHD video in iMovie 9, you should set your camcorder to record in AVCHD 60i or AVCHD 24i or MP4. If you’ve already recorded videos in 60p, you will need to convert AVCHD 60p to iMovie recognizable file format.

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Transfer Canon Vixia HF G40 60p AVCHD to Mac computer

Before perform the format conversion process, first follow the steps below to transfer the video footage from the camcorder to your Mac computer.

Tips: For AVCHD video, a Macintosh computer with an Intel® Core Duo processor or better is required.

1.Turn on the camcorder
2. Connect the camcorder to the computer using the supplied USB cable.
3. Set the camcorder to Mass Storage or USB Mode.
4. Click the No NAME or UNTITLED icon on the computer desktop
5. Load the AVCHD files you want to transfer
a)Click the PRIVATE folder
b)Click the AVCHD folder
c)Click the BDMV folder
d)Click the STREAM folder

AVCHD folder structure

6. On the keyboard, press and hold the Shift key.
7. While holding the Shift key, click to select video clip files you want to transfer.
8. Release the Shift key.
9. On the keyboard, press the Command and C keys to copy the files.
10. Open the folder or directory on the computer where you want to copy the files.
11. On the keyboard, press the Command and V keys to paste the files to the desired location.
After following the steps above, the AVCHD video from your camera are copied to the hard drive of the computer.

Transcode Canon Vixia HF G40 60p AVCHD for iMovie 09 editing

There are many program on the market can assist you to convert AVCHD to iMovie 09 supported file formats. However, if you wish to achieve a fast and fluid workflow of AVCHD video with iMovie 09, it would be much better to encode AVCHD to AIC format, which is an intermediate format in AVCHD workflow, it features high performance and high quality and being less processor intensive. Here, you are recommended to better reviewed application – Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac (support Mac OS X El Capitan), which can do you a great favor to directly rewrap Canon Vixia HF G40 60p AVCHD to AIC codec for editing with iMovie 09.

Besides converting AVCHD to iMovie, the program also benefits you to output AVCHD to other file formats or device preset file formats for playing AVCHD on QuickTime, streaming Apple TV 4 or uploading to YouTube.

How to Encode Canon Vixia HF G40 60p AVCHD to AIC codec for iMovie 09?

Step 1: Load 1080/60p AVCHD video.

Launch the program on your computer, add Canon Vixia HF G40 AVCHD 60p files to the program by clicking the “Add Video” or “Add folder” button.

Load Canon vixia HF G40 60p AVCHD files

Step 2: Choose output file format.

From “Format” drop-down option, choose the output format according to your own preference, for iMovie editing, select “iMovie and Final Cut Ex…” > “Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov) to output.

Output iMovie best editing codec

Step 3: Start the conversion process.

After all the setting is over, go back to the main interface and hit right-bottom “Convert” button to start Canon vixia HF G40 60p AVCHD files to iMovie conversion process.

After the conversion, following the steps in the following articles to import converted video to iMovie 09 for fast and fluid editing.

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