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How to transfer and play NX3 AVCHD 2.0 MTS/M2TS with VLC on Mavericks?

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The Sony's new HXR-NX3 handheld HD camcorder has plenty to offer cost-conscious programme makers who won’t compromise on quality. Building on the strengths of the popular HXR-NX5E, it’s a compelling choice for documentaries, corporate productions, wedding video, education, web TV and even news. The NX3 can record video in MP4 and DV format, which provides for users who ether prefer to post and share videos to YouTube, Vimeo, FaceBook, etc. or prefer a DV workflow and who need to work in a DV compatible non-linear editing environment. Mainly, the HXR-NX3 still features recording video in AVCHD format 2.0, which includes 1080/50P, for smooth, natural subject motion. 50i and 25p modes provide playback compatibility with Blu-ray players. 

Why should we to transfer NX3 AVCHD 2.0 MTS/M2TS to VLC? Firstly, VLC Meida Player is not very efficient to play AVCHD 2.0 videos well. Sometimes, it is unstable and fails to play the videos. Secondly, playing AVCHD 2.0 video directly upon your Mac, it increases the burden your computer's CPU and graphics card. Comparing to playback HDV video, playing AVCHD file needs 2x-4x CPU processing power. No matter you are using MacBook, MacBook Pro or iMac, you should know the overheating will cause damage to your computer. So converting AVCHD 2.0 recordings to VLC formats, such as MOV, MPEG, MP4, AVI, etc, will greatly expand your Mac's life-span. Besides, if you do not have high-end Mac computer, VLC can hardly to play 1080p AVCHD 2.0 footage smoothly.

Here introduces Aunsoft iMedia Converter for Mac, a professional AVCHD 2.0 to VLC Converter. Though various Converters can do AVCHD conversion, but many of them cannot run smoothly or have compatibility issues with Mavericks. iMedia Converter for Mac is really a tremendous boost to transfer/convert HXR-NX3 AVCHD 2.0 to VLC, FCP, iMovie, QuickTime, Adobe Premiere on the latest Mavericks 10.9.1. Let's take a look at the step-by-step tutorial.

Step1: Import or drag & drop HXR-NX3 AVCHD 2.0 MTS/M2TS

Click "add video" or "add folder" to load NX3 AVCHD 2.0 MTS/M2TS files. You can also drag & drop directly. This program supports batch conversion and it's easy for you to convert several MTS files at one time. When you preview original AVCHD files, iMedia Converter for Mac allows you capture images easily.

Check "Merge into one file", you can join HXR-NX3 AVCHD 2.0 clips into one big file. Meanwhile it's possible to split big AVCHD file into smaller ones.

Step 2: Click the format bar and select "HD Video -> H.264 HD Video (*.mov)" for VLC

Click Format bar to choose output format and you can choose MP4, AVI, MKV or other common formats that VLC prefers. Here I choose H.264 HD Video (*.mov), the Apple's QuickTime Video with HD Standards, which is supported by Mac Players well. You can also directly enter video format you want in the search bar, even faster. 

Step3: Set audio and video profile

To better play HXR-NX3 AVCHD 2.0 in VLC, You can click the "Settings" button to adjust output profile settings. Here your can adjust bitrates, encode, frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, sample rate, channels, etc.

You are also allowed to do initial editing via "editor tool" in the main interface. The supported video editing operations are: trimming, cropping, appending artistic visual effects, adding watermarks and load subtitles to the videos.

Step4: Convert AVCHD 2.0 footage to VLC

Click "Conversion" icon, The HXR-NX3 AVCHD 2.0 MTS to VLC Converter will convert AVCHD 2.0 MTS to MOV at ultrafast speed. With just a click on "Open output folder", you can locate the export MOV easily. Then, you can easily play converted AVCHD 2.0 files in VLC Media Player on Mavericks 10.9.1.

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