How to Edit TS Files in iMovie Natively with Apple InterMediate Codec

A simple guide talks about how to import and edit TS files with iMovie smoothly.

I’m importing some transport stream files (.ts) into imovie 11. All files were captured from the same device which captures from a satellite. Some files import fine, while others may either not import at all or import with only half of the audio. Is there anything I might be missing in regards to these types of clips?

You may have the intention to open and edit TS files with iMovie, but it seems that iMovie doesn’t like the file type. In this article, we give you a quick solution to you.

TS, short for Transport Stream, is a communications protocol for audio, video, and data and very wide spread on the Internet nowadays. Normally, we can get TS files from HD camcorders such as Sony, Panasonic and cannon. But TS video cannot be supported by iMovie. To drop straight TS files to iMovie 8/9/11 with no rendering, the easy workaround is to transcode TS clips to Apple InterMediate Codec, which ensures the maximum editing efficiency and quality when working with iMovie. To get the work done, you can take Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is one of the best TS to iMovie converter tool for you.

The program comes with optimized format for iMovie, which enable you to transcode TS to AIC .mov for using in iMovie directly without any rendering or codec problems. Plus, it also allows you to convert TS to ProRes for Final Cut Pro, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, etc editing with best results. Download it and follow the tutorial below to convert TS files to iMovie on Mac(macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra included).

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Convert and Import TS Files into iMovie

Step 1: Download, install the top TS converter on your Mac. Click Add to import the TS recordings to the program for converting.

Tip: Check the “Merge into one” box, you can join several .ts files together.

Step 2: You can directly choose the preset- iMovie/FCE –> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) for iMovie which has been supplied by the converter. The Mac program has some simple edit functions like cropping, splitting, add effects, etc.

Step 3: Click “Settings” button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

Step 4: Click convert button to start encoding TS to AIC .mov for working with iMovie on Mac.

After the conversion, click the “Open” button to get the output files and then launch iMovie, choose File > Import > Movies…, to import the converted TS video into iMovie; prepare for editing.

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