Enable iMovie/FCE to ingest Canon HF G30 mts clips

Follow the guide below to learn the best workflow for importing and editing Canon Legria HF 30 AVCHD 1080p MTS with iMovie or Final Cut Express by converting MTS files to a iMovie/FCE most compatible AIC .mov format.

As a new flagship model in Canon's 2013 consumer camcorder range, the Canon HF-G30 is packed with all of the firm's latest technology. This new prosumer model features a stabilised wide-angle zoom lens, a new sensor with boosted light-sensitivity, a sleek 3.5" OLED screen and onboard Wi-Fi for quick and easy photo sharing.

Canon Legria HF-G30 has two SD card slots that can be used to double the storage capacity or to mirror files for back-up. You can even use them to film AVCHD and MP4 video formats simultaneously. But you many encounter some problem when importing Canon Legria HF G30 1080p AVCHD footage into iMovie/FCE as below: 

Q1: I want to convert the .mts movie files in my Canon HF G30 camera into a format that I can use in iMovie. I plug the camera into the iMac using Mac OS X 10.8, I can transfer the movie files out of the camera to mac, but I cannot import them into iMovie. What's the problem?

Q2: The file I'm trying to import is AVCHD from my Legria HF G30. I can copy it to my computer as a QuickTime file and view it in QuickTime-but I cannot import it to iMovie or FCE. The file presents differently in mountain lion than it used to in snow leopard. Used to be .mts I think…but there are no files by that name now.

Q3: I am using Canon HF G30, what is the best file converter for HF G30 Camcorder AVCHD files for use with Final Cut Express? While lots of people use the system built-in iMovie/FCE for movie making, the Canon HF G30 full HD 1920 x 1080.MTS is not an acceptable format and can not recognized by iMovie/FCE.

Solution to importing Canon Legria HF G30 to iMovie/FCE

To successfully get Canon HF G30 MTS files to iMovie/FCE for further editing, the best solution is to transcode Canon AVCHD to iMovie/FCE preferred format with third party software.

Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac offers optimal conversion by converting Canon Legia HF G30.mts to Apple Intermediate Codec, which works best in iMovie or FCE. The software is known as the best Canon AVCHD Converter for Mac for converting AVCHD videos to iMovie/Final Cut Express/Final Cut Pro editable formats. It works with Sony, Panasonic and Canon AVCHD .mts and .m2ts footage. There are various export format for users to choose from, including Apple’s ProRes 422 codec, Intermediate codec and QuickTime codec. It also lets users to convert AVCHD files into common video formats like AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, MOV, M4V, etc. 

How to convert Canon Legria HF G30 AVCHD to AIC for iMovie/FCE editing on Mac

1. Connect Canon HF G30 Camcorder to Mac, and transfer .MTS files or .m2ts files onto Mac HDD.

2. Run the Mac MTS to AIC Converter, click the "Add Video" button to browse and import Canon HF G30 AVCHD files.

3. Click the "Format" bar, choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express>Apple Intermediate Codec (*.mov)" as output video format.


4: Adjust video and audio parameters on the Profile Setting as you need. (Optional)


a. 1920*1080 as video size and 30fps/29.97fps as video bitrate are the most suitable video parameters for editing in iMovie.

b. If you want to reduce the video size, you can change video size from 640*480 to1920*1080,1440*1080 or 1280*720.

c. Deinterlacing has been chosen as default, so you needn't worry about how to deinterlace 1080i videos.

5. Click the "Convert" button and the MTS to AIC Converter will start converting Canon HF G30 MTS files to AIC .mov clips.

6. When the conversion completes, press "Open" to find encoded files. After Conversion, you can import converted G30 MTS recordings in iMovie/FCE natively.


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