How to Import Sony XAVC Files to iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08/iMovie HD?

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XAVC is an open recording format that was introduced by Sony Inc, till now; two cameras support this format, Sony PMW-F5 and Sony PMW-F55. XAVC video format can keep footages in 4K resolution (4096 × 2160 and 3840 × 2160) at up to 60 fps. But pratically speaking, importing XAVC to iMovie might be tricky, due to the version of iMovie, your Mac processor (PowerPC- or older Intel-based Mac don’t support XAVC editing) , and the model of camcorder.

To get iMovie work perfectly with Sony XAVC files, the easy workaround is to copy the video files to the hard drive and then rewrap and convert XAVC videos into Apple InterMediate Codec encoded MOV files, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie 11/09/08.

First you need to download UFUSoft XAVC Video Converter for Mac, an easy-to-use yet powerful high-quality Mac Sony XAVC Converter, player and editor. If you are editing Sony XAVC files with iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro (FCP), Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro etc. non-linear editing systems on Mac, chances are you already installed this great free utility. If not, download it it from below.

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So, what does the workflow of converting Sony XAVC files for editing in iMovie 11/09/08 look like?

1. Import Sony XAVC videos to the software

Once run the Mac Sony XAVC to iMovie Converter, you can click “Add Video” button (or “Add from folder”) to load Sony XAVC source files. Convert supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.

2. Select “Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” as output format for iMovie

Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to “iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”. By the way, the Mac XAVC Converter also supports output Apple ProRes format for using in Final Cut Pro.

Tips – Adjust audio and video settings

The Mac iMovie Sony XAVC Converter enables users to adjust audio and video settings before transcoding XAVC files to iMovie AIC. Click “Settings” button, then you will enter the following interface, on which you are allowed to customize size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate, and audio channel to your required ones.

As you see, besides converting Sony XAVC files for iMovie, this Sony XAVC conversion tool can also help you convert XAVC to Final Cut Pro’s ProRes MOV, Final Cut Express’ AIC MOV, Avid’s DNxHD, Premiere’s MPEG-2 and more.

3. Start the conversion process

Click the “Convert” button to start transcoding Sony XAVC to AIC MOV for iMovie 11/09/08.

When the conversion is finished, you can click “Open” button to get the generated AIC .mov files effortlessly. Afterwards, you can launch iMovie, and then choose File > Import > Movies to import converted Sony XAVC files in iMovie for further editing.

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