The Sony a99 gives you the ability to record Full HD 1080 video at a spectrum of professional frame rates, including 60p, 60i and 24p. Plus, you can output uncompressed, clean-screen 60p/60i video files via HDMI to external recording devices. However, it’s not an easy thing for users to edit those Full HD 60p movies in NLE apps, such as iMovie, Final Cut Express and Final Cut Pro. See an example:
“I am using a MacBook Pro with MAC OS X (10.8.2) Mountain Lion with iLife'11. I often use iMovie to work with my camera videos. I recently bought a new Sony Alpha SLT-A99 digital camera; it shot some video on the AVCHD 60p format from a wedding party. These 60p MTS clips cannot be opened in iMovie. I realized I need to convert these video files into something iMovie could open. Please suggest what is the best conversion codec/format and how can I do this?”
If you are in the above mentioned situation, Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac can definitely help you out. This Mac app performs as a top Sony A99 video converter and does a good job in converting Sony SLT-A99 AVCHD MTS files to AIC (Apple InterMediate Codec) for beautifully editing within both iMovie and Final Cut Express.
Here comes the detailed tutorial on how to transcode Sony A99 AVCHD 60p MTS to AIC for iMovie and Final Cut Express.
1. Add AVCHD source videos taken by your Sony Alpha A99 camera
Go to “Add video” tab to browse and load your source files. If you are running on Mac OS Mountain Lion 10.8, you may have issues on selecting the Sony 60p MTS videos via “Add video” tab, because they seem to be in a folder called “private” and you cannot click on that. If that is the case, you are suggested drag and drop your source files directly into the program.
2. Select output format
Click “Format” menu to choose “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” as target format from the “iMovie and Final Cut Express” column.
3. Recode Sony Alpha A99 AVCHD clips to AIC for iMovie and FCE
Press “Convert” button and the Mac Sony AVCHD Converter will automatically start transforming A99 videos to AIV MOV for using either in iMovie or Final Cut Express.
4. Get output MOV files with AIC codec
As soon as the conversion process is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the generated AIC MOV files for working within iMovie or FCE.
How to import the converted Sony A99 files into iMovie or FCE to do post-production?
1) Open up iMovie, choose File > Import > Movies…
2) Run Final Cut Express, follow File > Import > Files…
Plus, if you attempt to burn your Sony A99 MTS files to a blank DVD, a DVD folder, or an ISO image file on your Macintosh computer, Pavtube DVD Creator for Mac is a good choice. See how to burn AVCHD (.mts) to a playable DVD on Mac.
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