How to import Sony ILCE-7 MXF to iMovie?

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Failed to read Sony ILCE-7 MXF files in Apple iMovie natively? Converting Sony ILCE-7 MXF footage to Apple InterMediate Codec encoded QuickTime MOV format would be a sensible solution. In this tutorial, we guide you through the process of converting Sony ILCE-7 MXF files to iMovie editing-friendly AIC .mov format. Just read on to learn the detail.

“Sony ILCE-7 MXF import to iMovie is impossible since upgraded to version 10.1.8 with macOS High Sierra. I am pretty sure that the previous version of iMovie (10.1.7) on Sierra was able to import MXF files from my Sony ILCE-7. Since the newest update today, it has become impossible to do that. Is anyone else experiencing this problem? Any ideas to go through this issue? Please help!”

Indeed, this is a High Sierra issue. Currently, to be able to use Sony ILCE-7 MXF footage in iMovie correctly, you could convert the Sony ILCE-7 MXF files to AIC .mov first, and iMovie will read the transcoded files in that way.



How to encode Sony ILCE-7 MXF files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Sony ILCE-7 MXF video to AIC for iMovie editing, do as below:

Download Video Converter for Mac

Video Converter For Mac , It is available for MacOSX 10.5 or above (including macOS Sierra/macOS High Sierra 10.13.14)
download Mac version

Step 1: Click “Add File” to load Sony ILCE-7 MXF video files into this program.

import video files

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie
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

Tips:
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-7 MXF video to iMovie conversion.
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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