iMovie can’t handle Sony A7 II XAVC S footage
Attempting to import Sony A7 II XAVC S files to iMovie for editing but failed? All you need is a good Sony A7 II XAVC S to iMovie Converter. This tutorial guides you through the process of transcoding Sony A7 II XAVC S video to Apple InterMediate Codec encoded QuickTime movie format, so that you can use the converted files in iMovie flawlessly.
”Hi there, I have a bundle of XAVC S video clips taken with a Sony A7 II. I’d like to create a project in iMovie with them. Unfortunately, iMovie seems not to handle them well from the hard drive that I used to save the footage. The video is so choppy that I can’t use them at all. Does anyone have a similar issue? I’m guessing it’s a computer or iMovie problem? Any ideas? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.”
The choppy issue happens probably because your model is not included in iMovie supported camera list, or you are using a Mac machine that doesn’t have enough power to handle your Sony A7 II XAVC S footage. If that’s the case, we would recommend converting the Sony A7 II XAVC S video to Apple InterMediate Codec first before you start editing in iMovie. Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) is less hardware intensive than XAVC S (H.264). You don’t need a fancy graphics card and you don’t need a fast computer to edit these transcoded formats. Here is how.
To transcode Sony A7 II 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.
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.
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.
Step 3: Click “Convert” to start Sony A7 II 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.