4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 2, 2012 8:37 PM by Sc8t
Sc8t Level 1 (0 points)

I am trying to import all the home video from a Sony HDD handycam and the video files are in an "MTS" format that I cannot open or import to IMovie.  I can import directly from camcorder to IMovie with out problems.  How do you back up the camcorder video to the Mac?  My camcorder HD is getting close to full and I need to back it up and delete.  Frustrated!!

iMovie '11, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 (27,415 points)

    Attach your camcorder to your Mac via USB. Make sure camcorder is plugged in to AC power (not batteries only).

    Open iMovie. The import screen should appear. If it does not after a minute or two, click FILE/IMPORT FROM CAMERA.


    On the import screen, toward the bottom, you should see a button that says "Create Camera Archive". Click this button to make an identical copy of the files on your camera. Onve you have this, you can import into events so you can edit by using FILE/IMPORT/FROM CAMERA ARCHIVE.


    More at this link.


  • Sc8t Level 1 (0 points)

    I did that and all the video files saved as MTS files (almost 800 of them) and I have to use a ripping software to make them usable for IMovie.  That would not be a problem if there were not so many of them.  I did not see an option when I chose "Create Camera Archive" to determine what kind of file it is saved as.  It seems like it should be easier than this.  I backed it up multiple times saving in different areas (Mac hard drive, external hard drive) and it comes out the same way each time.



  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 (27,415 points)

    You need to use FILE/IMPORT/CAMERA ARCHIVE and navigate to the folder containing the Camera Archive. Do not navigate to individual mts files.

  • Sc8t Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks!  Gotta love your new toys!  I can't wait to figure out all these new 'MAC' things.