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How to import Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC files to iMovie


PXW-FS7 is a new super35mm camcorder from Sony. It uses the same sensor as the Sony PMW-F5. It can record 4K internally on XQD cards using Sony's XAVC codec. You can choose between I frame for easy editing or long GOP which gives a smaller file size but needs more processing power to decode. However, things turned to be frustrating when users tried to import Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC to iMovie for editing. Don't worry. Follow the easy workaround here to solve the Sony FS7 XAVC to iMovie issues.

You may be confused: Can iMovie support XAVC videos from Sony PXW-FS7? Is it necessary to convert Sony PXW-FS7 videos to iMovie? According to our multiple testing, our best tip for anyone who wants to edit Sony PXW-FS7 footage in iMovie is this: accept you need to convert the XAVC footage first. You'll save yourself a lot of frustration.

The basic reason is that the PXW-FS7 video file off of the XQD cards is not ideal for editing in NLE system. iMove can't support XAVC natively. A fast way to get rid of the issue is to convert Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC to iMovie compatible format with third-party software. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the best choice for you.

It supports converting Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC to Apple InterMediate Codec MOV with fast encoding speed and without quality loss. With it, you can effortlessly import and edit your Sony PXW-FS7 footage within iMovie '11, iMovie 09 and iMovie 08. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time and any other issues. Just download it and follow the step-by-step guide to transcode Sony FS7 XAVC files for editing in iMovie.

Download XAVC to iMovie Converter:

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Import Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC files to iMovie 11

Step 1: Add XAVC video files

Install and launch the best XAVC Converter for Mac and load source XAVC clips to it. You can check the "Merge into one file" to join single files together.


Step 2: Choose output format

Hit the "Format" bar and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format on the drop-down menu.


Tip - Profile Settings:
In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click "Settings" button and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3: Start conversion

Click the arrow button to start converting Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC to AIC MOV for iMovie.

Once the process completed, click "Open" button to find the generated videos, and then you can transfer the converted Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC files to iMovie 11 easily and quickly.

Additional Tip:

Besides transcoding XAVC to iMovie, the best XAVC Converter Mac can also export DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro/Premiere Element, ProRes for Final Cut Pro and more NLE systems for native editing.

Related Guides:

Sony PXW-FS7 Workflow within Adobe Premiere Pro
Import Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC footage to Avid Media Composer
Working Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC in Final Cut Pro

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