Edit Sony NEX-FS700 AVCHD to Final Cut Express/iMovie on Mac

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Question: I have some AVCHD files from Sony NEX-FS700 camcorder and want convert them into any format that iMovie of FCE adopts. Is that any work flow for converting Sony AVCHD files?

The Sony NEX-FS700 is an NXCAM camcorder with a superior Super 35mm CMOS sensor, super slow-motion capability and an interchangeable E-mount lens system. Based on customer feedback, the NEX-FS700 includes a number of features providing familiar professional operation and workflows, including 50/60Hz switchability, built-in ND filters, 3G-SDI interface and an enhanced exterior design. And this FS700 records full HD 1080 50/60p MTS/M2TS files in AVCHD format.

However, the 1080 50/60p AVCHD/MTS isn’t supported by iMovie/FCE well. For importing Sony FS700 footage into iMovie/FCE on Mac without any problem, you need to transcode Sony FS700 AVCHD/MTS video to Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) codec video via Sony FS700 Video Converter. So the first problem you have to solve is how to convert Sony FS700 AVCHD to AIC MOV, the codec which is specially designed for editing with Final Cut Express, iMovie. Here we recommend you the UFUSoft AVCHD Converter for Mac.

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Guide on how to convert Sony NEX-FS700 AVCHD files to AIC MOV for iMovie/FCE on Mac OS X

Step 1. Run UFUSoft Mac AVCHD Converter for FCE/iMovie, click “Add file” or “Add from folder” button to load your source AVCHD (*.mts) clips or drag and drop the Sony NEX-FS700 AVCHD files to the converter. You are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.

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Step 2. Click “format” bar to choose output format. For editing AVCHD in iMovie/FCE, please select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov).


Step 3. When above steps finished, you can click “Convert” button to start to transcode Sony NEX-FS700 AVCHD to AIC MOV for iMovie/FCE with a super fast speed.

After conversion, you can perfectly use Sony NEX-FS700 AVCHD MTS files on Mac in iMovie or Final Cut Express 4 with best video and audio quality as you want.

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