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    Best AVCHD converter?

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    Best AVCHD converter?
    Hey, so I'm planning to make a little investment (max $60) in an AVCHD converter, which one do you recommend?

    So far I have seen the iFunia AVCHD converter, VoltaicHD, and Neo HD Video Converter, but any suggestion would be great (I just need the app to be in the Mac App Store)

    Btw, I have a MBP 15'' 2.0 GHz Early 2011 model.

    One question, does the conversion quality (NOT speed) depends on the quality of the hardware?

    Oh, and it would be great to have a converter that takes advantage of the quad core!

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    Best AVCHD converter?

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    Specs:
    Late 2013 rMBP, i7, 750m gpu, OSX versions 10.9.3, 10.10
    What is your intent for the conversion? Are you converting for playback convenience or for editing purposes?
    My Macs: Late 2013 rMBP w/ 750m; Mac mini G4, 1.25 GHz, 512m ram (server); Late 2011 11" MBA, 1.8GHz i7, 4Gig Ram, 256Gig SSD, HD3000; Powerbook 12" G4 1.33GHz running Debian as a server; Apple TV (1080p version)

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    Best AVCHD converter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nethfel View Post
    What is your intent for the conversion? Are you converting for playback convenience or for editing purposes?
    For editing purposes. I will use iMovie. I know that I can import AVCHD into iMovie, the problem is that all of my vids are in an external hard drive and not in my camcorder (I understand that only way of importing AVCHD into iMovie is connecting the camera, please correct me if I'm wrong.)

    Also, I don't want iMovie to "optimize" my videos (convert to MOV...?) , which is required for some functions such as slow motion, I just want to import it to iMovie and edit them right away. I thought that MP4 would require no optimization, but it did, iMovie created a 600 MB MOV clip from a 100 MB MP4 clip.

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    Best AVCHD converter?
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    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    You can try the free MPEG Streamclip to see if it will convert to AIC.

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