“I just purchased a new camcorder, a Canon Vixia HF R400. I ran through an initial set up and maxed out the recording quality by using AVCHD / 60P. I shot some test footage and then tried to import into iMovie 11. iMovie doesn’t recognize the file. After some research on the Community, I saw threads indicating iMovie won’t recognize video shot in 60P. Is there a way to transcode Canon HF R400 AVCHD to iMovie’11 on Mac? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.”

Canon VIXIA HF R series like R40/R42/R400 all record videos in 1080 60p AVCHD MTS format. If you have got one of them and want to directly import and edit its 60p MTS videos with iMovie, you won’t see anything in iMovie window. Because iMovie doesn’t support 1080 60p nonstandard format at all.

As we all know iMovie’s native video format is DV, DV widescreen, iSight, MPEG4, if we reformat AVCHD to iMovie supported video format, we can easily transfer it to iMovie without any plugin. To convert Canon VIXIA HF R40/HF R42/HF R400 60p MTS files to iMovie 8/9/11, we have to use a top AVCHD Converter for Mac to do the conversion. Here I show you how to transcode Canon HF AVCHD videos to iMovie’11 on Mac with iFunia AVCHD Converter. With it, you can convert Canon VIXIA HF videos to Mac compatible video formats with only several clicks. After the conversion, you can do further video editing works on iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro and other applications for Mac to share, enjoy or backup videos!

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Step 1. Import Canon HF AVCHD Shoot

After transferring AVCHD files from Canon HF camcorder, simply drag and drop M2TS/MTS files to the program. Since the AVCHD to iMovie Mac app supports batch conversion, you can add more than one AVCHD file for converting. In addition, you are allowed to combine your files into one by checking “Merge”.

Step 2. Select “iMovie” Output Format

Click “Output Format” to open the Profile drop-up list to select: Apple Software > MOV – Quicktime(*.mov) for converting the highly compressed Canon HF AVCHD video to compatible Mac MOV for loading to iMovie 8/9/11. With this option, the output video will be kept as high definition 1920×1080.

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Step 3. Start Canon HF AVCHD to iMovie Conversion

Click “Start” to start converting AVCHD files to iMovie compatible format. During conversion, you can let this AVCHD Video Converter for Mac automatically run background and enjoy surfing on the Internet. When the conversion is done, just import your converted footage to iMovie and start your own masterpiece.