Q: “Got some XAVC S clips from my Sony a6500, but it seems that iMovie doesn’t like the XAVC S files. I can’t import XAVC S to iMovie correctly, let alone for editing. Any solution or tips?”
Well, as it happens with H.264, XAVC-S is not for editing, is for delivery. That’s reason why there are so many people are facing issues when editing XAVC S files in iMovie program. If you want to import Sony A6500 XAVC S to iMovie for editing smoothly, you will need to do some preparation. This article aims to give you some tricks.
In order to make XAVC S from Sony a6500 compatible with iMovie, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC S to Apple InterMediate Codec, which ensures the best results when using in iMovie 8/9/11. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users convert XAVC S videos for iMovie on Mac OS X(Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks included).
With it you can effortlessly transcode XAVC S footage from Sony a6500 to iMovie highly compatible AIC MOV with original quality. Besides, its also exports advanced encoders like Apple ProRes, DNxHD, etc. allowing you to convert videos to seamlessly fit Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc. If you are editing XAVC S with iMovie, chances are you already installed this great free utility. If not, download it below.
How to Convert Sony a6500 XAVC S for Editing in iMovie
Step 1: Import XAVC S videos
Install and run the best XAVC S Converter on your Mac, then run it. Click on “Add”, and browse your files; select all the XAVC S files you wanna convert. If you want to combine all the files together for easy importing to iMovie, please tick the box “Merge into one” on the main interface.
Step 2: Choose iMovie friendly format
Hit the Format box to select the specially designed video codec for editing in iMovie: iMovie/FCE –> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov).
Step 3: Video/Audio settings (Optional)
Adjust the video and parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface.
Step 4: Start XAVC S to iMovie conversion
Click the arrow button to start transcoding XAVC S to AIC .mov for iMovie immediately.
After the conversion finished, you can easily transfer your Sony a6500 XAVC S footages to iMovie for further editing without any problem.
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