Convert Canon VIXIA HV40 files HDV to Avid Media Composer/iMovie

Summary: iMovie and Avid do not recognize your Canon VIXIA HV40 for film editing? In this article, we introduce the easy solution to you.

I have a Canon VIXIA HV40 and a iMac computer with iMovie. I have plugged in my camera to the computer with the plug that goes from inside the flip-open screen. The computer doesn't even seem to recognize that it is plugged in. (iMovie help just says plug it in turn it on and it will automatically start. When I turn to Avid Media Composer, the software can recognize my HV40, but the output HDV footage seems to be hard for editing within it.

I have read around and I’m not the only one that is having difficulty with this camera. One suggestion that has worked for more than one person is to change the settings on the camera, before connecting it to the Mac.

Put the camera in camera mode, and set it to record HDV. Then change it to playback mode, go into the menu and down to the play out setup. Make sure DV OUTPUT is set to HDV/DV now close the menu. Then connect it, and try to import. Frustratingly, my iMac read the cam, but iMovie still failed to capture the video from Canon Vixia HV40.

Another straightforward fix is to convert Canon VIXIA HV40 video to a Mac much more compatible format. I’ve had the big success in this try. If you are facing the similar issues with your HV40, check out the solution below.

Download and install the app Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac

It is a top Canon HDV/DV Converter. It can help you convert Canon HV20/HV30/HV40 HDV files to ProRes 422 for Final Cut Pro, AIC for FCE/iMovie, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer on Mac(Lion, Mountain Lion included). This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time. If you are on Windows, get Video Converter. Below is a brief guide for you.

Step 1: Add Canon VIXIA HDV videos to the program. Launch this Canon HDV Converter. Import HV40 footage to the converter. You can join several video clips together by checking the “Merge into one file” box.

Step 2: Click Format bar to choose the output format.

For iMovie, select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format.

For Avid MC, you need to go to “Avid Media Composer -> DNxHD (*.mov)” as the best video format.

Step 3: If need, you can click "settings" to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate for easy editing witn iMovie, Avid Media Composer.

Step 4: Click convert button to start transcoding Canon Vixia HV40 HDV files to iMovie/Avid Media Composer for editing.

After the short conversion on Mac, you can import the Canon HDV videos to Mac software Avid, iMovie, as well as FCP for editing smoothly without rendering or any other issue.

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