Impossible to view Sony DSC-P7 MXF files in iMovie

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What’s the best workflow between Sony DSC-P7 MXF footage and Apple iMovie for Mac? How can I import Sony DSC-P7 MXF files into iMovie for editing? If you are having problems using Sony DSC-P7 MXF clips in iMovie, you may have interest in this tutorial. It walks you through how to encode Sony DSC-P7 MXF video to AIC .mov for use in iMovie with optimum performance.

“Why iMovie refused loading MXF files from my Sony DSC-P7 on High Sierra that it should open? I hope it is a bug, because now I have an awful lot of projects based on Sony DSC-P7 MXF files which are unusable (black screen, no sound) and I have no intention of purchasing Final Cut Pro X just to make simple edits. Any ideas?”

You can re-encode your Sony DSC-P7 MXF files to AIC .mov format for use in iMovie fluently. The Video Converter for Mac below will do this in simple steps.

How to encode Sony DSC-P7 MXF files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Sony DSC-P7 MXF video to AIC for iMovie editing, do as below:

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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 DSC-P7 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 DSC-P7 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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