.mts files from external hard drive into Imovie 11

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  1. shadysjl macrumors newbie

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    Im not sure where to post im new to all this but can someone please help me? Ive been trying to do this for 2 days!!

    I want to edit some of my old HD video clips in iMovie 11. They are .mts files. and are greyed out when I go to import them from imovie.. So I think ive come to the conclusion I have to convert the files.

    Which is the best video converter? I want to keep the full HD quality. Ive tried handBrake but they dont import to imovie either.

    I need a .MTS TO .MOV CONVERTER WHICH KEEPS THE QUALITY!

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated :)
     
  2. admwright macrumors regular

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    Have you tried creating a dummy directory structure on the hard disk to look like that found on a digital camera? This is the structure with DCIM, etc. I have found that this is the only way to import vidio files into iMovie that are not still on the camera.

    All the best
    Andrew W?
     
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  4. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    I think you can use handbrake. Which setting did you try that didn't work the first time? I believe it's because the default setting is to make a MKV container, but change the type to MP4 and you should be fine. To be sure to maintain quality, move the slider to about 18. That will make a large file, but you can be sure it will be good.
     
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  6. admwright macrumors regular

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    Just look at the directory structure on your camera (or memory chip) and re-create that on the hard disk. Then put the files you want to import into the appropriate directory.
     

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