Sony SLT-A57K MXF and iMovie workflow

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What’s the best workflow between Sony SLT-A57K MXF footage and Apple iMovie for Mac? How can I import Sony SLT-A57K MXF files into iMovie for editing? If you are having problems using Sony SLT-A57K MXF clips in iMovie, you may have interest in this tutorial. It walks you through how to encode Sony SLT-A57K MXF video to AIC .mov for use in iMovie with optimum performance.

“Hi there, I am trying to help some friends get their MXF files (shot on a Sony SLT-A57K) to a format that their client can edit on iMovie. What is the best approach I should take? Thanks! (I am not a professional editor, clearly.)”

You can just convert them to AIC .mov format using Video Converter for Mac. The converted files are ready for quick editing in Apple iMovie. Just check the guide below to learn the way of transcoding Sony SLT-A57K MXF files to AIC .mov format for editing in iMovie smoothly.

How to encode Sony SLT-A57K MXF files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Sony SLT-A57K 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 SLT-A57K 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 SLT-A57K 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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