Impossible to view Sony ILCE-9 MXF files in iMovie

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Depending on your rig’s capabilities, you may get stuck in editing Sony ILCE-9 MXF video clips in Apple iMovie for Mac. If that’s the case, transcoding Sony ILCE-9 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-9 MXF footage to iMovie conversion in simple steps.

“I recently updated my system on my MacBook Pro to High Sierra. However, I can no longer import Sony ILCE-9 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 ILCE-9 MXF files into iMovie properly, you will need to convert them first. Here’s a guide displaying how to encode Sony ILCE-9 MXF clips to iMovie’s favorite AIC .mov format.

How to encode Sony ILCE-9 MXF files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Sony ILCE-9 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 ILCE-9 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-9 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.

Also read:
Sony A5100 XAVC S and Premiere workflow
Can’t work with Sony A7 II XAVC S in FCP X smoothly
How to edit Sony A99 II XAVC S footage in Avid MC?
FCP X won’t recognize Sony DSC-P150 MXF footage
How do you edit Sony A5100 XAVC S footage in iMovie?

Posted in Convert video files for editing, Video format conversion.