Summary: Have recorded some amazing XAVC or MP4 videos via Sony Action Cams, and now wanna import them into iMovie for further editing, while failed ended up with error messages? Don't worry! This article aims to show you the best workflow of importing and editing Sony Action Cam recordings in iMovie.
Sony's Full HD Action Cams like HDR-AS100V, HDR-AS15, AS30VR, HDR-AZ1VR, HDR-AS20, thanks to its affordable price, powerful remote-recording capacity and portable size, have become the preferable choice for recording sports or other activities. If you own a Sony Action Cam, you can find it uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video codec and MP4 or XAVC S video mode. However, you'll get a bit frustrated when you importing Sony Action Cam footage into iMovie for further editing as no audio, program crashes, computer overheats, etc issuses cropping up.
Based on our multiple testing, we find that the reason behind the fact you can't successfully ingest those recorded XAVC S or MP4 video to iMovie is no matter the XAVC S clips or the MP4 codec both beyond the iMovie compatible ability. In addition, handling with 4K video files is extremely hardware intensive for the majority of editing software including iMovie. On this case, supposing that you want to smoothly edit Sony Action Cam footage in iMovie, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC S/MP4 to a more editing-friendly codec, such a iMovie's Apple Intermediate Codec.
In fact, its process is easy and can be done well with the help of Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. By running it, there there's no need to set the codec by yourself: the Mac program has a optimized preset for iMovie. Besides, the program also support all HD/4K video files including AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, XAVC, XAVC S, MXF, MOV, MP4, etc. to various professinal encoders - ProRes, DNxHD, MPEG-2, etc. - ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and more. Now download the program and follow the guide below to start Sony Action Cam MP4/XAVC S to iMovie conversion.
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Step 1: Install and launch the Sony XAVC S/MP4 converter on Mac and click the "Add" button to load source files for converting. Check the "Merge into one" box, you can join several XAVC S/MP4 clips together.
Step 2: Click the Format column to select output format "iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)" as the best compatible video format for editing 4K in iMovie.
Tip: Before the conversion, you can also perform the following operations with the help of this powerful Video Converter: trim large video files into small video segments; adjust video brightness, contrast, saturation and change video effect as a whole. Note: For gaining smooth workflow, you're suggested to compress 4K to 1080p videos. But if you stick to getting original 4K resolution, just keep the video size as original.
Step 3: Now click the "Convert" button, and then leave the Mac Video Converter to do the rest automatically for you. After the Sony Action Cam to iMovie Mac conversion, you can freely use your Sony Action Cam files on iMovie 11/12/13.
Tip: To import videos to iMovie, you can:
1. Go to "File"> "import">"movies"
2. Drag media file directly to the left zone in the iMovie main interface.
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