I have Sony Handycam HDR-SR12E camcorder and shoot the New Year videos recently. I would like to edit the recorded .m2ts video on iMac. Since the Sony software is Windows only, I shall perform a conversion of the .m2ts to Mac compatible .mov.
While looking for solutions to import Sony HDR-SR12E M2TS to iMovie '11 on iMac, I downloaded and tried several converters. Only Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac works for me. I like the batch processing and joining of multiple videos into one file. The editing feature to trim the recorded videos is great, as I can control the content for conversion.
For guys who may find it difficult to import and edit AVCHD MTS/M2TS files on Mac, here is the fast guide to merge and convert AVCHD MTS/M2TS to MOV for iMovie 11.
Step 1. Import Sony AVCHD files to Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.
Connect Sony HDR-SR12E camcorder to iMac with USB 2.0 cable, run Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac as the best M2TS to MOV converter on Mac. Click the "Add" button to import .m2ts files from the camcorder folder like AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM, or drag and drop the .m2ts files from folder to converter.
Step 2. Choose HD MOV output format.
Click the "Format" option and choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mov) as output format. The Mac Sony AVCHD M2TS converter will convert Sony SR12 1080i M2TS to HD MOV with H.264 as video codec. You may also choose QuickTime Movie Format > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) as output format with high quality for iMovie 11.
Step 3. Merge M2TS files into one. (optional)
Tick the checkbox for "Merge into one file", and the Mac m2ts joiner will combine and join the files on list into a single file.
Step 4. Edit and trim m2ts videos. (optional)
Select the file you want to trim and click the "Editor" button, you will face the Editor window with original video and output video preview. You can enter exact time point as the set in and set out for trimming.
Step 5. Convert Sony SR12E M2TS to MOV on Mac.
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac Sony MTS/M2TS video converter will start the conversion from Sony SR12 M2TS to AIC MOV or H.264 MOV for iMovie 11 on Mac.
1. The Mac Sony SR12E video converter will deinterlace the 1080i m2ts videos by default.
2. For some Mac users, when editing the HD videos via the Editor windows of Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, the video and sound may go output sync sometimes, making it somewhat difficult to find the trim location. But the output videos would play without sync problem after conversion.