// Natively working with Sony SLT-A58 AVCHD files on Mac //

Description: If you want to convert Sony A58 AVCHD footage to Mac compatible format, and edit in FCP/FEC/iMovie/Avid, Pavtube MTS Converter for Mac is a powerful program which can easily help you out. 

"Hi, I just got a brand new Sony A58 for my birthday and shot some wonderful videos, it’s great. But the problem is both I and my family don’t know how to deal with the footages on mac, the AVCHD files are not supported by iMovie, FCE, or any other program on Mac. Any ideas?" 

The Alpha SLT-A58 is one of the SLRs camera from Sony which apparently want to enter the SLRs market with such a worthy entry level product. The Alpha A58 replaces Sony SLT A57, and become a competitive camera in this price class with incredible video quality. Sony A58 record full hd videos at 1080p resolution and in 60i or 24p for your choice. What’s more, the videos it outputs is wrapped in AVCHD codec for blu-ray-like picture quality. 

However, here comes the problem. The AVCHD codec allows people save large extraordinary videos without quality loss, but the output video size is pretty large correspondingly. It’s not easy for permanent preservation. Also, AVCHD is not a mac (nor windows) friendly video codec, and the mts format is not support by many nonlinear editing programs on mac, such as Final Cut Pro, iMovie/Final Cut Express, Avid Media Composer, etc. 

What should we do to Make Sony A58 footages working with FCE/FCP/iMovie on Mac? 

Since Mac and NLE do not work with AVCHD or mts format natively, you need to convert Sony SLT-A58 AVCHD files to proper format for editing on Mac firstly, which can be as simple as a few clicks with this Pavtube AVCHD to Mac Converter

How to convert Sony SLT-A58 AVCHD to Mac for editing in FCP/FCE/iMovie/Avid 

Step 1. Connect your Sony SLT-A58 and turn it on; launch Pavtube MTS/M2TS Converter for Mac, click top left two icons to load your footage. 

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Step 2. Choose compatible video format on Mac. 

Click Format, you will many profiles for different programs and usage. 

For Mac FCP users, the Final Cut Pro>Apple ProRes 422(*.mov) is the best format to be editing in FCP 6/7/X. 

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For Avid users, Click Avid Media Composer>Avid DNxHD(*.mov), you will get the preferred video format for Avid. 

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If you are running iMovie or FCE, click iMovie and Final Cut Express>Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov) because it’s the best codec for editing. 

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You can also click Settings which is marked as 3 above, to set the output video specs manually. 

Step 3. Click the big red circle to start converting Sony AVCHD footage to Mac for FCP/FCE/iMovie/Avid. Check “start streaming server after conversion”, you can share/edit the converted video directly on anther Mac. 

More Tips: 

1. Read more step-by-step guides on how to load converted video to iMovieFinal Cut Pro,

2. Refer to here to learn how to work with different model of Sony cameras

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