How to Import XAVC/XAVC S Files to iMovie'11/09/08
As far as we know, XAVC purpose is to allow the high end and last tech Sony cameras to be able to record 4K, not to be an editable format. As it happens with H.264, XAVC and XAVC-S are not for editing, are for delivery. That's reason why there are so many people are facing issues when editing XAVC/XAVC S files in iMovie program. If you want to import XAVC/XAVC S to iMovie for editing smoothly, you will need to do some preparation. This article aims to give you some tricks.
Based on our testing, to make XAVC, XAVC S compatible with iMovie, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC/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, XAVC S videos for iMovie on Mac OS X(Yosemite, Mavericks included).
With it you can effortlessly transcode XAVC/XAVC S footage from Sony F55, PXW-Z100, PXW-FS7, FDR-AX100, FDR-AX1, FDR-AX33 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/XAVC S with iMovie, chances are you already installed this great free utility. If not, download it below.
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
Converting XAVC/XAVC S for Editing in iMovie
Step 1: Import XAVC/XAVC S videos
Install and run the XAVC/XAVC S Converter on your Mac, then run it. Click on "Add", and browse your files; select all the XAVC or 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/XAVC S to iMovie conversion
Click the arrow button to start transcoding XAVC/XAVC S to AIC .mov for iMovie immediately.
After the conversion finished, you can easily transfer your XAVC, XAVC S footages to iMovie for further editing without any problem.
If you want to make your XAVC/XAVC S files editable in Final Cut Pro, FCE, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, etc, the Mac XAVC S Converter will also be a great choice for you. Choose a proper output format like "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" for FCP X/7 in the second step.