Importing and Editing M2TS files in iMovie

Published on by Chris King

To get iMoive work with M2TS files perfectly, a best way is to convert M2TS to iMovie compatible format on Mac OS X. The following passage guides you how to convert M2TS to Apple InteMediate Codec. Read on to learn details. 

Importing and Editing M2TS files in iMovie
I’ve read everywhere here that as long as you have iMovie, your .m2ts files should import fine in iMovie. I have iMovie and the .m2ts files won’t import. It gives me an error saying “File Format Not Supported”. I have the file literally on my desktop right now. It’s a .m2ts file. I can’t get the M2TS to iMovie at all. Any solution?

After searching online, I got some clues. M2TS video is familiar to us, which has now widely used by HD camcorders, another extent of MTS files. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to import and edit M2TS files in iMovie. The basic reason is that the .M2TS file type is a compressed output format, but not ideal for editing in NLE system.

To solve the M2TS to iMoive problems, the quick workaround is to transcode M2TS files to iMovie natively supported formats (Apple InterMediate Codec is highly recommended). Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly. Here I share a simple guide on how to convert M2TS files for iMovie editing smoothly. If you’re facing the issues, read on to find the answer.

Downloading the App- Brorsoft MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac

Overall, the program is the best M2TS converter. With it, you can effortlessly transcode AVCHD MTS/M2TS to AIC MOV, which will create an iMovie friendly file format keeping the original quality. Besides iMovie, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 Premiere Pro, Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro and more NLE systems for native editing. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Convert/Import M2TS video clips to Premiere Pro

Step 1: Add M2TS video files

Install and launch the M2TS to iMovie converter and load source clips to it. This program supports batch conversion.

Step 2: Choose iMovie editable format

Choose iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as output format, so that you can transcode M2TS to AIC .mov for editing smoothly.

Step 3: Adjust the video and audio parameters

Adjust the video and audio parameters including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button for getting the best quality before starting conversion.

Step 4: Start M2TS to mov conversion

Click “Convert” button to start converting M2TS video to AIC .mov for importing to iMovie 8/9/11.

When the conversion task is finished, click “Open” button to get the exported files and then import the converted M2TS files into iMovie to do further editing.

Related Guides:

What is the best way to convert M2TS to AVI
Convert .MTS to ProRes on Mac Mavericks for FCP
Converting MTS to iTunes friendly MP4/MOV format

Comment on this post

Edgar 03/03/2015 07:47

Saved a lot of MTS videos on my HD. It's the time for me to edit them in iMovie for sharing with my friends. Thank you for your post which makes my workflow easier.

Rohit 03/02/2015 11:53

Got some M2TS files from a sony handycam. What I want to get a smooth editing workflow, but I can’t. Test your solution converting M2TS to AIC .mov for iMovie. The output files work in iMovie perfectly. Thanks.