iMovie won’t import Sony 5RK MXF video

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What’s the best workflow between Sony 5RK MXF footage and Apple iMovie for Mac? How can I import Sony 5RK MXF files into iMovie for editing? If you are having problems using Sony 5RK MXF clips in iMovie, you may have interest in this tutorial. It walks you through how to encode Sony 5RK MXF video to AIC .mov for use in iMovie with optimum performance.

“I recently updated my system on my MacBook Pro to High Sierra. However, I can no longer import Sony 5RK 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 5RK MXF files into iMovie properly, you will need to convert them first. Here’s a guide displaying how to encode Sony 5RK MXF clips to iMovie’s favorite AIC .mov format.

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

To transcode Sony 5RK 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 5RK 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 5RK 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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