iMovie won’t import Sony ILCE-6500 MXF video

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Depending on your rig’s capabilities, you may get stuck in editing Sony ILCE-6500 MXF video clips in Apple iMovie for Mac. If that’s the case, transcoding Sony ILCE-6500 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 ILCE-6500 MXF footage to iMovie conversion in simple steps.

“iMovie won’t import my Sony ILCE-6500 MXF files after updated to macOS High Sierra. Why did this happen? Is there anything I can do to solve the issue? Any help would be appreciated.”

After an update it is a good idea to delete preferences to clear out any possible corrupted preferences caused by the update process. Try opening iMovie while holding down the Option and Command keys, and then selecting to delete preferences in the box that appears. See if that solves it. If not, try converting the Sony ILCE-6500 MXF files to Apple InterMediate Codec encoded QuickTime MOV format with the following Video Converter for Mac.

How to encode Sony ILCE-6500 MXF files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Sony ILCE-6500 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-6500 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 ILCE-6500 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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