How do you edit Sony A5100 XAVC S footage in iMovie?

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Run into issues working with Sony A5100 XAVC S footage in iMovie? Depending on your source video specifications, your computer environment and much more, iMovie will have different editing performances. In this tutorial, we explain a way of converting Sony A5100 XAVC S files to AIC .mov format for editing in Apple iMovie fluidly. It will definitely help users who are having trouble editing Sony A5100 XAVC S footage in iMovie.

XAVC S is a subset format of XAVC, which is originally designed to serve the consumer market. This expansion will encourage growth of 4K content in the consumer market. Find out the details of XAVC S below:

XAVC S” profile

  • Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160), HD, and Proxy
  • Compression: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Wrapping format: MP4
  • Audio: Linear PCM and AAC

If for some reason you are having issues editing Sony A5100 XAVC S recordings in iMovie, we would recommend transcoding them to a format that is well compatible with iMovie first. In the following guide, we explain a workaround to transcode Sony A5100 XAVC S files to iMovie preferred AIC .mov video.

How to convert Sony A5100 XAVC S footage to iMovie preferred AIC .mov?

To transcode Sony A5100 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 A5100 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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