How To Upload Canon Vixia HF11 To iMovie

canon-vixia-hf11If you haven’t yet realized that video is a great way to connect with your customer-base and build relationships – then you need to get going on this media!

Aside from it really boosting your appearance in search engines, other websites will pick up and feature your content. Recently 4 of my videos were featured on – I just stumbled across them by accident!

Anyway, I recently bought a Canon Vixia HF-11 video camera (with separate mic) and I’m thrilled with it – but, I could not figure out how to upload the videos to my Apple Mac. I tried with both iPhoto and iMovie, but neither seemed to detect the camera. Well, I could go on and on about all the things I tried that didn’t work…but let’s just get to the good part.

Now, if you want to import quickly and be able to select which videos to import, then you’ll have to buy a AVCHD file converter like Voltaic. However, if you’re okay to import all your videos at once, then this is how you can do it:

1. Hook up your Canon to your Mac using the USB cable

2. Open up iMovie. Turn your Canon Vixia HF-11 on with the “video playback” icon selected on the dial on the upper right hand side of the camera. On the camera screen select “pc/printer”.

3. This may be enough for iMovie to detect the camera and for the upload box to appear. But if it doesn’t, then in iMovie click on:

File –> Import Movies

In the window that pops up, select the icon for your Canon Vixia under the left hand menu titled DEVICES

Then click on the folder marked: ACVHD

Then double click on the folder marked: CANON

4. Wait anywhere from 10 seconds to 5 minutes. Then the import box will pop up and you will be able to import your videos into iMovie.

5. In the bottom left hand side of the import box, you will see a toggle for Automatic or Manual, click it onto Manual and then you will be able to only import the videos you select (by checking their box), rather than having to upload all of them together.

6. When you’re finished, make sure to EJECT the device (if it doesn’t happen automatically) before unhooking the USB cable.

And that’s it! Pretty darn simple – thank god.


  1. says

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  2. Joshua Carvalho says

    I did what you told me, but although it did detect my camera it was unable to upload the files. I think it’s because the files are .MPS and they need to be converted to a different format, but how do I convert it to a different format so that MAC could read it?

  3. says

    Hey Joshua – are you using a Canon Vixia HF-11? Or some other brand/version? Oh, or maybe you’re on an old Mac…. At any rate, if you need conversion software, sometimes you can find that for free, other times it’s quite cheap – usuallly under $20 – just do a google search. Good luck!

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