The Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) is a video codec designed by Apple, Inc to be an intermediate format in an HDV workflow. It features high performance and quality, being less processor intensive to work with than other editing formats. AIC does not use temporal compression, enabling every frame to be decoded immediately without decoding other frames. All Mac OS X software which makes use of the QuickTime codec libraries - primarily Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Express, and iMovie can use the Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC).
HDV, AVCHD (MTS/M2TS) files produced by HDV or AVCHD camcorder like Panasonic HDC-TM700, HDC-HS700, HDC-SD700/SD600, Sony CX350, Sony CX550, Canon HF200, etc are not the preferred formats by FCE, iMovie, FCP, etc. Even you will have problem for transferring and logging these HDV, AVCHD (MTS, M2TS) videos.
So the program you need is a great Mac HDV/AVCHD to AIC MOV Converter. With it, you can convert any HDV, AVCHD camcorder 1080 60p/50p, 1080i, 720p HDV or MTS/M2TS files to Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) for editing with Final Cut Express, iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro 7 on Mac.
Below is the step-by-step guide for you to quickly convert HDV/AVCHD to Apple Intermediate Codec (*.mov) for editing in FCE, iMovie, Final Cut Pro on Mac
Step 1. Download HDV, AVCHD (MTS/M2TS) files to Apple computer.
Connect your HDV or AVCHD camcorder c to Apple computer via USB cable, find recodings from the camera. Then copy and transfer the files from camera to the Apple hard drive disk.
Step 2. Import HDV, AVCHD (MTS/M2TS) files to Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac.
Run Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac as the best HDV/AVCHD to Mac AIC Converting software, and click the "Add" button to load HDV or AVCHD videos. You may also directly drag and drop the HDV/AVCHD video to application UI for importing files.
Step 3. Choose Quicktime Movie Format - Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) output format.
Click the "Format" option and navigate the mouse cursor to Quicktime Movie Format > Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) as output format. The Mac HDV/AVCHD to MOV Converter will convert HDV/AVCHD to AIC MOV with high quality.
Step 4. Convert HDV/AVCHD video to Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.MOV) for FCE/iMovie/FCP.
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac HDV/AVCHD to AIC MOV Converter will start the conversion from HDV/AVCHD to Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) MOV for Final Cut, iMovie.
After the conversion, you can easily import Apple Intermediate Codec MOV to FCE/FCP/iMovie without rendering for editing.