3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 10, 2012 12:53 PM by AppleMan1958
Bruce Goldberg2 Level 1 Level 1

after reading a number of threads and comments - i stubbled upon a solution that idk if others have posted -


I have a new canon vixia HF M500 - records in avchd - to upload both to upload from the SD card in my macbook pro slot - you need to "import from camera"


for what ever reason the macbook sees the card as the camera


Anyone smart enough to explain this apparent simple solution to what seemed like a "copy-convert-import" hassle

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7

    Some people drag their .mts files off the card and store them on the Mac. They find that iMovie does not know how to handle them without the context of all the folders on the card. In this case, they must be converted.


    So the best way to do it is to import directly from the card, or alternatively, to use the import screen to Create a Camera Archive. This will make a copy of the contents of the card, but will preserve the folder structure, so iMovie can import it.

  • Ruthie108 Level 1 Level 1

    With this camera, can't you just shoot and import with MP4 and avoid avchd completely?. (I am thinking if gettin this same camcorder).

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7

    With this camera, you would shoot in AVCHD for highest quality. You would use the MP4 mode mainly if you wanted to quickly post the movie to YouTube or FaceBook without editing.


    With AVCHD, you can get bit rates up to 24 Mbps

    With MP4, you can get bit rates up to 9 Mbps.