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First Use on Mac OS X Lion: Convert Canon Vixia HFM31 AVCHD Files for iMovie

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If you’ve been paying close attention to the computer industry news over the last day or so, you must have known the latest version of Apple’s Mac desktop operating system is out. Lion -- you can also call it Mac OS X 10.7 -- is the first update to the Mac's core software developed by Apple since the iPhone and the iPad hold the mobile-gadget market. (The Snow Leopard release shipped in 2009 was a comparatively minor change from 2007's Leopard.)


Lion's most helpful function is freeing you from having to save your work all the time -- but only in programs that have been revised for this feature, such as the TextEdit app. Here, I just want to share some of my impressions as a daily user.


I have a Canon Vixia HFM31 to shot videos in MTS format, and usually I would like to edit my videos in iMovie. So it will happen to be my first use of Mac OS X Lion, making it possible for me to test if my software performs well on Mac OS X Lion. It is said that iMovie does not support AVCHD files input, so I choose Final Mate for Mac to help me get the right format for importing to iMovie.


To my surprise, Final Mate for Mac works rather well on Mac OS X Lion, while at first it was not supposed to have a good compatibility with the new OS. To get started, I connect the Canon Vixia HFM31 to Mac with a USB cable, then I find a popup dialog offering choices for me to decide which storage I want to use. I choose the SD card and enter the next interface.


Second, I choose to import MTS files to Final Mate for Mac instead of backuping them in backstage. Then, I click to create several movies for conversion and drag my MTS files to the movie tab.


Third, I find the format setting icon and click to choose .MOV as the output format. Next, I choose to apply my settings for all of my movies though Final Mate for Mac supports to set output format for each movie.



After that, the last step is converting Canon Vixia HFM31 AVCHD files to .MOV for iMovie. Directly clicking the Export button to start my conversion is OK.


With a simple test on my Mac, the Lion performs rather well which is beyond my expecting. I hope Apple can do its best to continue to change for a better user experience.

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