Sony HXR-NX80 iMovie | Edit HXR-NX80 AVCHD in iMovie

If you can't get iMovie opening Sony HXR-NX80 AVCHD mts files properly, you may wish to read this tutorial. It walks you through how to convert Sony HXR-NX80 AVCHD video recordings to AIC (Apple InterMediate Codec) .mov for editing in iMovie smoothly. If it is what you are looking for, just read on to learn the detail.
Sony HXR-NX80 iMovie | Edit HXR-NX80 AVCHD in iMovie
"Hey, I've had trouble with Sony HXR-NX80 mts files in iMovie. iMovie hung several times trying to import all that media at once (leaving in location, not copying to the stupid library secret archive). I've broken it down into chunks to import, and some folders are fine, but the MTS clips don't look promising (loooong progress bars of Processing Files for Import that don't seem to progress). It seems to me that iMovie just can't handle any volume of MTS files. Can anyone think of any alternative workflows, or anything I'm missing before I toss it in trash? Actually, this is my first iMovie project. I would really appreciate any help."
You are probably trying to edit .MTS files extracted from the AVCHD wrapper. The performance issues you describe are a known issue. MTS files should never be removed from the AVCHD wrapper, and if you do, iMovie does not handle it well. The easiest and best solution is re-encode the Sony HXR-NX80 MTS files to AIC codec before import using MTS to iMovie Converter for Mac.

How to transcode Sony HXR-NX80 AVCHD mts files to AIC for iMovie?

To transcode Sony HXR-NX80 AVCHD footage to AIC for iMovie, do as below: 1. Free Download Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac.
Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac , It is available for MacOSX 10.5 or above (including macOS Sierra/macOS High Sierra 10.13.14)
Free Download Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for MacFree Download Acrok Video Converter Ultimate
2. Import Sony HXR-NX80 AVCHD mts files.
Start up Acrok Video Converter Ultimate for Mac and click "Add File" to load Sony HXR-NX80 AVCHD video files that you need to convert into this program. This 4K video converter supports batch conversion, so you can import a bundle of Sony HXR-NX80 AVCHD video files into it to do conversion at a time.
Sony HXR-NX80 iMovie | Edit HXR-NX80 4K XAVC S in iMovie
3. Choose output format for iMovie from "Format" list
Working well as an Sony HXR-NX80 AVCHD converter app, Acrok program comes with "iMovie and Final Cut Express"- then click "iMovie AIC (*.mov)". The AIC codec will ensure a good performance working in iMovie even on an old Mac machine.
Convert MTS video to iMovie AIC MOV on Mac
If you want to edit Sony Sony HXR-NX80 4K XAVC S video in FCP X, you need to read this guide: Convert Sony HXR-NX80 XAVC S to ProRes for FCP X
4. Start Sony HXR-NX80 MTS to iMovie conversion.
Click "Convert" to start Sony HXR-NX80 AVCHD mts video to AIC conversion for iMovie. As soon as the conversion is complete, you can click "Open" to get the generated MOV files for editing in iMovie with optimum performance. Hope it helps.
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