iMovie won’t import Nikon Coolpix B500 MXF video

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Can’t import MXF files from your Nikon Coolpix B500 to iMovie any longer after upgraded to macOS High Sierra? You are not the only one. At the moment, High Sierra does not have native support for MXF files yet. Fortunately, this problem can be solved via transcoding Nikon Coolpix B500 MXF video to iMovie preferred Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC .mov) first.

“Nikon Coolpix B500 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 Nikon Coolpix B500. 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 Nikon Coolpix B500 MXF footage in iMovie correctly, you could convert the Nikon Coolpix B500 MXF files to AIC .mov first, and iMovie will read the transcoded files in that way.



How to encode Nikon Coolpix B500 MXF files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Nikon Coolpix B500 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 Nikon Coolpix B500 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 Nikon Coolpix B500 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.

Also read:
Convert Nikon D5600 MXF files for easier use in FCP X

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