Can't import movies from Canon Vixia HF R30 via SD card to iMovie

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Suitefreak, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. Suitefreak macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2015
    My camcorder is finicky and choosing not to sync the regular way via USB (and yes I had it plugged in and tried different USB cables and plugged it in and out numerous times), so I researched and found the method of importing via SD card. However, when I attempt to open the .MTS files in iMovie 11, the files are greyed out so I cannot import them. Any suggestions or work arounds would be GREATLY appreciated as all of my family's vacation videos are stuck in this camcorder purgatory nightmare. Thanks!
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    Are the MTS files by themselves on the card, or are they part of a larger file structure?

    iMovie won't recognise the MTS files but it should recognise the complete file structure. The only work around that I can think of is to use this:

    It changes the MTS container to m4v without any conversion, so there is no loss of quality. You'll also need Perian, for which there is a link on the above page.
  3. Suitefreak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2015
    Thank you so much!! I'll check it out now and try it out. The .MTS files are part of a larger file structure. They are in a folder that's within another folder. That's what you mean, right? I'll try and see if iMovie will recognize the entire file first and then try the work around. Thanks again!
  4. Suitefreak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2015
    K iMovie doesn't recognize that there are any movies in the file structure. :( Going to try the rewrap thing. Thank you!

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