Sony A7S II XAVC S workflow with iMovie

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How do you work with Sony A7S II XAVC S files in Apple iMovie? If you get stuck in editing Sony A7S II XAVC S footage within iMovie, you may have interest in this tutorial. It guides you through how to encode Sony A7S II XAVC S recordings to AIC .mov for use in iMovie smoothly.

“Is there any way to make Sony A7S II 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 A7S II 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 A7S II XAVC S footage to iMovie preferred AIC .mov?

To transcode Sony A7S II XAVC S files 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: 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

Tips:
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 A7S II 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.

Also read:
How do you work with Sony A6500 XAVC S in Avid?
Import Sony A7S II XAVC S media in Final Cut Pro X

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