For a lot of Mac users, how to handle and process AVCHD files from HD camcorder is a tricky one as the bundled software from Sony, Panasonic or Canon is incompatible with Mac. Aunsoft Final Mate for Mac is released as one of the first HD camcorder software program for Mac OS X. It can easily help AVCHD camcorder users to handle the footage in a quick and easy way.
In this guide, I will share with you how to use Final Mate for Mac to transcode AVCHD files for Apple Intermediate Codec MOV format for smooth editing in iMovie and then playback the finished movie via NAS.
Step by Step guide on how to batch convert AVCHD files to iMovie AIC MOV format
1. Add AVCHD files to Final Mate for Mac – the best camcorder software for Mac OS X
There are two ways to import videos to Aunsoft Final Mate for Mac: you can directly capture video recordings from camcorder to the program or you can browser videos from your computer.
- Capture AVCHD videos from camcorder.
Turn on your AVCHD camcorder and connect it to computer via USB cable, then launch Aunsoft Final Mate for Mac from Application folder. With built-in wizard, you can easily to capture AVCHD mts or m2ts video footage from camcorder to the program. Select “Import” instead of Backup to quickly capture videos from camcorder. You can find imported videos under “Camcorder Tab” in the main interface of Final Mate.
- Import AVCHD videos from computer.
If you have already backup all your video recordings from camcorder to your computer, you can browse your video path and the software will automatically show your AVCHD clips in “Resource Tab”.
2. Join AVCHD clips into one for converting to Apple Intermediate Codec MOV format
Directly drag and drop AVCHD video clips from Camcorder Tab (imported from your camcorder) or Resource Tab (imported from your computer) to Movies Tab. During the process, a pop-out window will show as following:
Choose “Create A Single Movie” to merge all AVCHD files into one movie in Movies Tab. Double click the new movie, you can playback the movie in player window and highlight it in Timeline for basic editing such as splitting, cutting, audio replacement, etc.
Click the Export button and choose “Export into Editor”. Follow QuickTime Movie Format > Apple Intermediate Codec (*.mov) to choose output format for editing in FCE/iMovie. Or you can also follow Final Cut Pro> Apple ProRes 422 HQ (*.mov) to choose export format for further editing in Final Cut Pro. Click OK to start converting AVCHD files to iMovie AIC MOV format.
When the conversion process is done, you can directly import the output AIC MOV files to iMovie or Final Cut Express for editing and make your movies. Once you finish editing, you can copy or stream the media to your NAS for easy access from big screen TV.