While having videos on camcorder, some of the Mac computer users may face difficulties playing the AVCHD files from Sony HDR-XR500 or HDR-500V, especially for those who have iMovie 8 on computer. The latest camcorder support for iMovie 9 was updated in September, 2010 with Sony HDR-XR500 listed as the supported model.
However, while you have only the older version like iMovie 8, or do not save the AVCHD file structure with files like .cpi under the CLIPINF folder or .mpl under the PLAYLIST folder, iMovie would not import the movies. You would need to converter Sony HDR-XR500/HDR-XR500V MTS to MOV for transferring video footage to iMovie. Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter is the recommended Mac Sony HDR-XR500 MTS converter for the fast conversion and deinterlacing 1080i videos.
Below is the quick step-by-step guide for you to transfer and convert Sony HDR-XR500 AVCHD movies to iMovie 8/9.
Step 1. Load Panasonic video to Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac.
Run Aunsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac as the best Mac driver for Sony HDR-XR500, and click the "Add" button to load 1080i .mts videos. If you keep the file structure or connect the camcorder to Apple computer, you can find the .mts files under AVCHD > BDMV > STREAM folder.
Step 2. Choose QuickTime MOV output format.
Click the "Format" option and choose Common Video > MOV - QuickTime(*.mov) as output format. The default format will convert AVCHD video footage to MOV for Mac.
Step 3. Deinterlace Sony XR500 1080i MTS.
Since the videos are recorded in interlaced mode, the playback on Mac computer will show lines. Just select a video clip, click the "Editor" button, go to the Effect tab and tick the checkbox for deinterlacing.
Step 4. Convert Sony HDR-XR500 MTS to MOV.
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac Panasonic Sony HDR-XR500 MTS converter will start converting 1080i MTS to progressive MOV for editing with iMovie 8 and iMovie 9.
After conversion, you can transfer Sony HDR-XR500 movies to iMovie for editing without any problem.
If you are using other Sony camcorders or cameras, you may use the Sony MTS/M2TS converter on Mac or go to the Aunsoft Sony camcorder column for information and solutions.
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