How to transcode Sony ILCE-5100 MXF to AIC for iMovie?

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Unable to load Sony ILCE-5100 MXF files into iMovie on macOS High Sierra? High Sierra does not have support for MXF files yet. You probably could convert the Sony ILCE-5100 MXF files to AIC .mov, and import the converted files into iMovie that way. Keep reading and learn a step-by-step guide on how to process Sony ILCE-5100 MXF media to AIC .mov conversion for Apple iMovie for Mac.

“I recently updated my system on my MacBook Pro to High Sierra. However, I can no longer import Sony ILCE-5100 MXF files to iMovie. Before the update, I’m running Sierra with iMovie 10.1.6 and I can import MXF files into iMovie. Anyone know why the update doesn’t allow this? Thanks for any help.”

From what we have read, High Sierra does not have support for MXF files yet. To be able to load Sony ILCE-5100 MXF files into iMovie properly, you will need to convert them first. Here’s a guide displaying how to encode Sony ILCE-5100 MXF clips to iMovie’s favorite AIC .mov format.



How to encode Sony ILCE-5100 MXF files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Sony ILCE-5100 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)
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Step 1: Click “Add File” to load Sony ILCE-5100 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-5100 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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