Impossible to view Sony 5N MXF files in iMovie

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

“iMovie won’t import my Sony 5N 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 5N MXF files to Apple InterMediate Codec encoded QuickTime MOV format with the following Video Converter for Mac.

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

To transcode Sony 5N 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 5N 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 5N 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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