How to transcode Sony 5NK MXF to AIC for iMovie?

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Depending on your rig’s capabilities, you may get stuck in editing Sony 5NK MXF video clips in Apple iMovie for Mac. If that’s the case, transcoding Sony 5NK MXF media into AIC .mov format will ensure a better playback and editing experience in iMovie. Check this article and learn how to process Sony 5NK MXF footage to iMovie conversion in simple steps.

“Sony 5NK 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 5NK. 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 5NK MXF footage in iMovie correctly, you could convert the Sony 5NK MXF files to AIC .mov first, and iMovie will read the transcoded files in that way.

How to encode Sony 5NK MXF files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Sony 5NK 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 5NK 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

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 5NK 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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