How to Import Canon Vixia HF R21 MTS to iMovie/FCE

If you have problems to work with Canon HF R21 AVCHD footages, this guide will help you out. Follow it step-by-step you will learn how to convert Canon Vixia HF R21 AVCHD MTS to iMovie/FCE compatible format for editing easily and efficiently. 

Canon Vixia HF R21 is one of Canon‘s new entry-level camcorder with high definition and not bad hd video presenting. As an update of last years’s R11, it’s a good choice as well as affordable model for mainstream users. The HF R21 is capable of recording 1920×1080 videos in AVCHD, with extensions of .mts of individual files. 

You may already shot some wonderful moments with it. However, AVCHD files always take large memory storage and not easy to be previewed or edited, especially in many nonlinear editing programs such as iMovie, FCE, FCP, Adobe Premirer, Avid Media Composer and so on. 


Today we will introduce a powerful and easy-to-use Pavtube Canon MTS Converter for Mac with reliable video quality. This converter is able to convert any AVCHD footage from your Canon Camcorder to AIC(Apple Intermediate Codec) for smoothly iMovie and FCE editing. No need to set up it specifically, move your mouse and do a few clicks, the hot fresh AIC video for iMoive/FCE presents. 

Free download a free version before purchase and let’e move on! 

Keep your Canon HF R21 on and connect it to Mac, your camcorder will show as a hard drive on desktop which means your mac recognized it now. Launch this Canon MTS to iMovie/FCE Converter

Click top left icon “Add videos” to load individual mts files, or try the second one “Add from folder” to load the entire folder. 


You can find many presets in “Format” drop-down list. Choose “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)” as the output video format. 


Click “Settings”, you can find some other settings such as Size, Bitrate, Frame Rate and son on. The video quality is corresponding to bitrate, the higher bitrate you choose the better video quality you will get. You can check the file size easily here. 

Start converting Canin Vixia AVCHD to AIC for iMovie/FCE 

Click the red convert icon at right bottom and start convert Canon Vixia HF R21 AVCHD to AIC MOV for iMovie/FCE. You can check Shut down computer after conversion if you are doing a batch conversion and do not want to wait on the front of computer. 

Wait for some time, now you get the converted videos for importing/editing in iMovie/FCE

More details can be found here: Canon Column | MTS Column

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