I want to buy a new camcorder and am considering one by JVC. This one, plus a few others such as Sony use AVCHD. I gather this would be need converting before any editing can be done in imovie?? I cant find a simple answer to this question. It seems strange to me that Mac dont appear to support AVCHD when so many video camera companies use it. Can anyone advise please, in simple language as I am far from a computer geek!!!
Is conversion a complicated or time consuming process and would it be simpler to fo for an MP4 type
It takes a while for Apple to test new models.
If the JVC is a new model that is a better version of their old product line, chances are it will work. Companies like JVC are aware that many of their customers use Macs. You really have to be careful of models made before 2008, before the AVCHD standard was popular. To be certain, contact JVC.
The other thing to be aware of is that some manufacturers are offering 60P settings for their cameras. 60P will not import into iMovie without some conversion. It is mainly useful if you need to shoot some very high quality slow motion. But most cameras that shoot 60P can be set to shoot 30P or 30i, which works fine.