Encode Sony ILCE-7S XAVC S to QuickTime for iMovie

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Attempting to import Sony ILCE-7S XAVC S files to iMovie for editing but failed? All you need is a good Sony ILCE-7S XAVC S to iMovie Converter. This tutorial guides you through the process of transcoding Sony ILCE-7S XAVC S video to Apple InterMediate Codec encoded QuickTime movie format, so that you can use the converted files in iMovie flawlessly.

“Hi there, I tried to edit XAVC S video files from my Sony ILCE-7S with iMovie on an old MacBook Pro. It was a disaster. Guess I need to convert the files to more editing friendly format. What is the recommended workflow? If anyone has a better understanding of this please tell me more. Thanks for any help.”

Personally, I like converting my compressed media (including XAVC S footage from Sony ILCE-7S) to AIC .mov for editing with iMovie. The files edit so much better than the originals, and the quality is good enough to use for final export. The following guide presents the conversion steps.

How to convert Sony ILCE-7S XAVC S footage to iMovie preferred AIC .mov?

To transcode Sony ILCE-7S XAVC S files to AIC for iMovie editing, do as below:

Step 1: Import source files
With Video Converter for Mac, you can click “Add File” to load video files that you want to convert into this program.

import video files

Step 2: Select output format
Click “Profile” to select “iMovie and Final Cut Express” > “Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” as output format. AIC .mov is iMovie’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie will read and handle well.

Select output profile format

If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Settings for video files

Step 3: Click “Convert” to start Sony ILCE-7S XAVC S to AIC conversion for iMovie.
As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open Folder” to get the generated AIC .mov files for editing in iMovie with optimum performance. Hope it helps.

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