We have found an increase in inquiries lately from people who have purchased AVCHD camcorders who find themselves have no idea how to get the AVCHD footage off HD video camera/camcorder. The problem stops here, as iMovie makes importing easy. When you import video into an iMovie project, it automatically divides your video into individual clips, making it easy to edit.

How to get AVCHD M2TS files off HD Video camera/camcorder to Mac?

  • 1. Connect camcorder to your Mac computer with cable (USB/Wifi)
  • 2. Select mode of camcorder such as PC/Computer mode
  • 3. iMovie will automatic open Import window
  • 4. If DVD Player automatic open. just quit DVD Player first
  • 5. So Now, you can review your video or select "Import All"(make sure your switch is set to "Automatic")
  • 6. If you select "Manual", you can import some clip to iMovie
  • 7. If you import from Tape based device (DV/HDV), iMovie will automatic revise tape and import all
  • 8. iMovie automatic create thumbnail video after complete import


  • iMovie automatically detects your camcorder

    iMovie will automatically detect when you have a FireWire camcorder connected. If you see the message No Camera Attached, make sure your camera is turned on and properly plugged in to your computer via a FireWire cable and that your camcorder is set to VCR, VTR, or Play mode. You can also click the Connection Help button for more suggestions.

  • iMovie supports different video formats

    When you create your project, choose the appropriate video format depending on your needs. For importing video from your camcorder, choose between DV, DV Widescreen, HDV 1080i, and HDV 720i. For recording from your iSight, select iSight. If you will be copying MPEG-4 files from your PDA or phone, select MPEG-4.

  • An Intel processor is required for AVCHD video support.

    Mac OS X version 10.5 (Leopard) or later is required for AVCHD DVD camcorder support.