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Easy way to load Sony XAVC file to Windows Movie Maker for editing


The H.264/MPEG-4 Part-10 Advanced Video Coding technology is predominantly being used in HDTV distribution systems, such as Bluray, digital broadcasting and web browsers. XAVC is a H.264/MPEG-4 recording format that was introduced by Sony on October 30, 2012. There are two equipment, Sony PMW-F55 and PMW-F5, are recording videos as XAVC format that keep the high-quality specifications of function films, HDTV and commercials beyond 1080/50p.

However, if you are a user of the Sony PMW-F55 or PMW-F5 and want to edit the XAVC videos in Widows Movie Maker, you will be frustrated by the importing problem.

“I am eager to edit my new Sony PMW-F55 files in Windows Movie Maker, but I got the error message from the windows. What's the problem?”

“I'm planning to edit XAVC videos in Windows Movie Maker, however it seems to be not supported. Does Windows Movie Maker deal with XAVC files ? How should I edit them?”

Windows Movie Maker is the best free video editing software which could help the windows users freely edit and create movies.

Video format supported by Windows Movie Maker

Windows Media Video (WMV) files  .wmv
Windows Media files .asf and .wm
AVCHD files .m2ts, .mts, and .m2t
Apple QuickTime files .mov and .qt
DV-AVI files .avi
Microsoft Recorded TV Show files .dvr-ms and .wtv
MPEG-4 movie files .mp4, .mov,.m4v, .3gp, .3g2, and .k3g
MPEG-2 movie files .mpeg, .mpg, .mpe, .m1v, .mp2, .mpv2, .mod, .vob, and .m2t
MPEG-1 movie files .m1v
Motion JPEG files .avi and .mov

From above video format picture, it is obvious to notice that Windows Movie Maker deals with the XAVC files hardly . To make the Sony XAVC file compatible with Windows Movie Maker perfectly, the simple workaround is to transcode Sony XAVC to WMV, the native video format supported by Windows Movie Make. The following tutorial will give you some detailed information on how to convert Sony XAVC to Windows Movie Maker friendly video format via Brorsoft Video Converter.

Tip: If you are a Mac user and planning to edit XAVC files in FCP/iMovie/Avid/Adobe Premiere or play XAVC files on some portable devices, then Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is right for you.

Download Sony XAVC Video Converter:

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How to Convert Sony XAVC for Windows Movie Maker

Step 1: Import Sony XAVC files to the best Video Converter.

Click the button “File” to add XAVC files (or directly drag and drop your files) to the Converter.

Tip: If you want to merge MTS files before edit in Windows Movie Maker, just need to check the “Merge into one” box.


Step 2: Select an output format for Windows Movie Maker.

Click “Format” bar to select suitable format for Windows Movie Maker. WMV is one of the proper formats for Windows Movie Maker.


Step 3: Tap the“Settings”icon to adjust audio and video parameters for Windows Movie Maker.


Once you have chosen the output format, then click the "Settings" right beside "Format" to adjust the video and audio parameters.


Step 4: Tap the Arrow button on the main interface to start transcoding Sony XAVC to Windows Movie Maker.

The conversion should be quickly finished. Once the process is at 100%, you can have the converted file easily worked with Windows Movie Maker.

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