How to Import Sony Action Cam footage to iMovie
Once you are thinking of a Sony Action Cam, FDR-X1000V, HDR-AS100V, HDR-AS200V, etc may occurs to your mind instantaneously. All of them are featured with outstanding image quality, remote recording ability, and portable character, definitely sport photographers' choice. If you own a Sony Action Cam, you will find it can record Full HD and even 4K UHD videos with MP4/XAVC S format. However, you're likely to get frustrated when importing those Sony Action Cam XAVC S/MP4 clips into iMovie for further editing, as it seems to be rejected by iMovie. What's th matter? What's the smooth workflow? Reading on...
According to our test, we found that it is to difficult to play and edit the Sony Action Cam videos with iMovie, since no matter MP4 or XAVC S format is not compatible with iMovie. In addition, for iMovie, handling 4K videos is taxing and extremely hardware intensive. Under this circumstance, in order to enable the 4K/HD clips from Sony Action Cam editable with iMovie, you'd better transmute them into iMovie editing-friendly format like Apple Intermediate Codec initially.
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To convert Sony Action Cam MP4/XAVC S to AIC MOV for iMovie with fast speed and excellent output quality, you're highly recommended to adopt 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 iMovie, this software also support convert any 4K/HD videos to ProRes, MPEG-2, DNxHD, etc for editing smoothly in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and more NLEs. More than that, it comes with all regular video editing tools like Trim, Crop, Effect, Subtitle, Watermark. For basic video editing tasks, you can even replace your Sony Vegas with it. Now download the program and follow the guide below to start Sony Action Cam MP4/XAVC S to iMovie conversion.
Sony ActionCam XAVC S/MP4 and iMovie Best Workflow
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.