How to import Sony DSC-RX100 IV XAVC S files to iMovie?

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How can I expect a smooth workflow between Sony DSC-RX100 IV XAVC S footage and iMovie? The XAVC S codec for the Sony DSC-RX100 IV is wrapped in an MP4 file. We know that MP4 is just a container, it’s like a cloth, the real working thing is the inner codec, which you can’t see directly. For those who are facing problems working with Sony DSC-RX100 IV XAVC S video in iMovie, this guide is ready to help you out.

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 DSC-RX100 IV 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 DSC-RX100 IV XAVC S files to iMovie preferred AIC .mov video.

How to convert Sony DSC-RX100 IV XAVC S footage to iMovie preferred AIC .mov?

To transcode Sony DSC-RX100 IV 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 DSC-RX100 IV 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.

Also read:
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