Working Sony A7R II XAVC S/AVCHD file with iMovie (iMovie 11)

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Summary: Want to import video files from Sony A7R II to iMovie 08/09/11 while iMovie can’t detect your camcorder. Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix the issue. Find it out here.

Sony Alpha a7R II Mirrorless Digital Camera from Sony is prepared to take mirrorless imaging to another level. Onto video, the major addition is internal UHD 4K 3840 x 2160p recording at 30 or 24 fps with the XAVC S format at 100 Mbps. This is possible using either the Super 35 crop mode, with no pixel binning, or the full-frame readout. Full HD 1920 x 1080p is still readily available at up to 60 fps and HD 1280 x 720p is possible at up to 120 fps. You can choose to record 4K XAVC S/AVCHD which can be enjoyed on large screen HDTVs and is ideal for capturing precious memories in family vacations and other moments. However, if you have some Sony A7R II 4K XAVC S/AVCHD files and try to import them from Sony A7R II to iMovie, you are likely to get some incompatible errors.

Do you know the reason? In fact, XAVC S/AVCHD is a great format for playing but not a comfortable format for editing with Mac(Almost Mac tools are designed to support MOV format). And as far as I know XAVC S and 1080 60p AVCHD Progressive are a nonstandard format, iMovie won’t support it natively. To bring XAVC S/AVCHD clips Sony A7R II into iMovie for further editing without error again, we advice you to reformat Sony A7R II 4K XAVC S/AVCHD to a compatible format, such as iMovie’s Apple Intermediate Codec, before importing and editing.

I have been using the professional UFUSoft HD Converter for Mac to encode my Sony A7R II 4K XAVC S/AVCHD .mts footage to AIC .mov for iMovie with the best befitting settings. With this software, you can aslo effortlessly transcode Sony A7R II 4K XAVC S/AVCHD .mts to Apple ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HD, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 4444 for FCP, MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, DNxHD .mov for Avid MC, etc., and it works well and converts flawlessly. Below is the detailed guide for you.

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[Guide] How to convert Sony A7R II 4K XAVC S/AVCHD video files to iMovie?

Step 1: Open up UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac as a Sony A7R II 4K XAVC S/AVCHD Converter for iMovie. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.

Step 2: Select output format for your editing program

To convert Sony A7R II 4K XAVC S/AVCHD video files for iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.


Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (optional)

If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Begin Sony A7R II 4K XAVC S/AVCHD video files to AIC MOV for iMovie Conversion on Mac

When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC MOV files for editing in iMovie with optimum performance.

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