iMovie won’t work with Sony ILCE-6500 XAVC S files

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How can I expect a smooth workflow between Sony ILCE-6500 XAVC S footage and iMovie? The XAVC S codec for the Sony ILCE-6500 is wrapped in an MP4 file. We know that MP4 is just a container, it’s like a cloth, the real working thing is the inner codec, which you can’t see directly. For those who are facing problems working with Sony ILCE-6500 XAVC S video in iMovie, this guide is ready to help you out.

“Is there any way to make Sony ILCE-6500 XAVC S footage work with iMovie on a Mac machine smoothly? iMovie does import my video clips, but the video stutters a lot. Any way to fix this?”

Keep in mind that XAVC S (H.264) is not an edit-friendly format, so if for any reason you are having issues editing Sony ILCE-6500 XAVC S recordings in iMovie, you’d better convert them to a format that is best suited for editing in iMovie prior, such as Apple InterMediate Codec, iMovie’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie will recognize and handle well. Check a quick guide on how to do this below.

How to convert Sony ILCE-6500 XAVC S footage to iMovie preferred AIC .mov?

To transcode Sony ILCE-6500 XAVC S files to AIC for iMovie editing, do as below:

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Step 1: Import source files
Click “Add File” to load video files that you want to convert into this program.

import video files

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.

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 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.

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