Correctly import Sony Handycam HDR-CX220 MTS footage in Adobe After Effects CS6

Sony Handycam HDR-CX220 camcorder offers stunning 1920 x 1080 Full HD video quality at a great value. Plus, you can capture beautiful 8.9MP photos to frame or post to your profile. Your photos and footage will be incredibly smooth thanks to SteadyShot image stabilization, which compensates for camera shake to cut down on blur. Sony’s back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor delivers superb low-light performance with drastically reduced grain for crisp, clear quality. And with a professional-quality 29.8mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, you’ll enjoy ultimate sharpness and contrast in every shot.


Although Adobe announced that After Effects natively supports AVCHD importing, when users want to edit Sony HDR-CX220 1080 AVCHD Videos in After Effects CS6, they still  get stuck in importing Sony AVCHD .mts footage to AE CE6 importingAs H.264 encoded MTS video is highly compressed, good for transporting, but poor for editing. By the way, in order to play MTS videos on PC or mac smoothly, your processor must be very powerful. In a word, if you want to make a short film from MTS footage with Adobe After Effects CS6 and prefer fluent playback, you'd better to do some work in advance. Here is an easy way to solve this problem.

The easy workaround is to convert the Sony CX220 MTS files to After Effects CS6 friendly video formats. Converting temporally compressed footage to a spatially compressed format is always recommended for performance reasons.

Required Tool

MTS Converter for Windows or MTS Converter for Mac based on your OS.


Both are nice Sony AVCHD MTS Converter application for you. The program converts MTS footage to editable formats not only for After Effects editing, but also for filmmakers and video enthusiasts to use in different NLE apps, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro and more. Just follow the step-by-step guide below to get the work done smoothly (Mac Solution), the windows workflow is as the same.


How to convert Sony CX220 HD .mts to Adobe After Effects CS6 editable format?

Step 1: Copy Sony CX220 media on to the Storage Drive in a folder.

Step 2: Launch the best MTS to After Effects Converter. Click the "Add" button for adding to import the mts files from CX220 to the best Sony MTS Converter for After Effects.

Step 3: Click on the dropdown menu of "Format", and then move your pointer to Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2 (*.mpg) which is the perfect video format for you to transfer MTS to Adobe After Effects CS6. Then you can set the output folder by clicking "Browse" icon as you prefer.

Step 4: Click "Settings" icon to adjust audio and video parameter. You can change the default codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.

Note: To get original(best) video quality, you can keep original video size and bitrate.

Step 5: Click the "Convert" button and it will convert Sony CX220 AVCHD mts files to MPG video for editing in After Effects CS6 immediately.

Step 6: Once the Mac MTS to AE CS6 conversion is done, you will be able to get the output files for Adobe After Effects CS6 via clicking on "Open" button effortlessly. Now you can easily import the converted Sony CX220 HD footage in Adobe After Effects CS6 for editing keeping high quality effortlessly.

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Mike 27/12/2013

I'm having a bit trouble actually importing the video files onto my Mac. I tried using Son'y tech support site but it did not work well. How do you do it? I'd appreciate your help! Thanks.

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