“My friends would like to pay a visit to the Disney theme park, and I was the camera man for them. I took photos and shot videos with the Sony HDR-CX550VE camcorder. After a day long hard working, I would like to download the videos from camcorder to iMovie. However, I noticed the less than 2-minute video footage takes over 1GB with the .mts file extension. I could import the .mts file to iMovie, but it is too large for editing and managing in iMovie. I would like to compress the HD videos from Sony HDR-CX550 to iMovie friendly format with no loss in HD quality, and then do quick editing in iMovie.”
Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac, as the Mac Sony HD video converter, is highly recommended to use. It keeps most of the video quality comparing to other converters and give the best output quality for you.
Follow the steps below to easily edit Sony HDR-CX550VE HD videos in iMovie on Mac OS X like Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard.
Step 1. Load Sony CX550 videos to Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac.
Transfer .mts videos from Sony HDR-CX550VE to iMac hard drive disk via USB 2.0 cable, run Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac as the best Mac Sony video compressor. Click the "Add" button to load the .mts videos, or drag and drop the 1080i .mts files to add videos for conversion.
Step 2. Choose iMovie friendly MOV format.
Click the "Format" option, and navigate the mouse cursor to Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas > MOV (AVC)(*.mov) as output format. The Mac Sony family video converter will transcode CX550 1080i MTS videos to H.264 MOV for editing in iMovie 9.
Step 3. Convert Sony CX550 videos to MOV for iMovie.
Click the convert button on the bottom-right corner, and the conversion from Sony HDR-CX550 AVCHD videos to iMovie MOV starts right away.
After the conversion, you can import the Sony CX550 HD videos to iMovie for editing with smaller size and high quality. The output .mov files also works for Mac non-linear editing applications like Adobe Premiere Pro, Kdenlive, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Roxio Toast, Avid Media Composer, etc.
1. To get a video with smaller video size/resolution, just click the "Settings" button to change the video size to 1280*720 or other resolution. It is easy for batch conversion with the same video output format.
2. If you are looking for solutions for other Sony HD cameras like HDR-CX110, HDR-SR12E, HDR-XR550, Alpha NEX-5, DSC-TX7, DSC-HX5V, DSC-TX9, you may also use the Mac Sony HD video converter, or go to the Sony camcorder column for more information.