Working Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC S files in iMovie

Published on by Chris King

This article guides you through how to convert Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC S to AIC .mov with perfect V/A sync, so that you can import and edit Sony AX33 4K XAVC S in iMovie 8/9/11 with smooth workflow.

Working Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC S files in iMovie

It’s exciting to get a Sony FDR-AX33, which is able to t deliver Ultra HD (3840x2160) resolution video at 24 or 30 fps using Sony's XAVC S codec. Besides enjoying its Ultra HD video effect, what will you do next of these 4K XAVC S video source from Sony AX33? Obviously, most of you would like to import Sony AX33 XAVC S to iMovie or other NLEs to make a stunning masterpiece. Whereas, iMovie won’t deal with the XAVC S videos. The easy workaround I have worked out is to transcode Sony AX33 XAVC S to AIC .mov for iMovie.

The reason behind why we can't work Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC S files in iMovie is that XAVC S codec is a new one, and is not widely supported. To make the Sony AX33 footage compatible with iMovie, the easy workaround is to convert XAVC S to Apple InterMediate Codec, which ensures the best results when using in iMovie 8/9/11. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is the solid tool to help users convert the AX33 XAVC S videos for iMovie on Mac OS X(Yosemite, Mavericks included).

Applying the app, you can effortlessly transcode XAVC S footage from Sony AX33 to iMovie highly compatible AIC MOV with original quality. Besides, its also exports advanced encoders like Apple ProRes, DNxHD, etc. allowing you to convert videos to seamlessly fit Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc. If you are editing Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC S with iMovie, chances are you already installed this great free utility. If not, download it from here. Below are the steps on converting XAVC S to iMovie.

Converting Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC S for Editing in iMovie

Step 1: Import XAVC S videos

Install and run the XAVC S Video Converter on your Mac, then run it. Click on "Add", and browse your files; select all the XAVC S files you wanna convert. If you want to combine all the files together for easy importing to iMovie, please tick the box "Merge into one" on the main interface.

Step 2: Choose iMovie friendly format

Hit the Format box to select the specially designed video codec for editing in iMovie: iMovie/FCE --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov).

Step 3: Video/Audio settings (Optional)

Adjust the video and parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface.

Step 4: Start XAVC S to MOV conversion

Click the arrow button to start transcoding Sony AX33 XAVC S to AIC for iMovie immediately.

After the XAVC S to AIC conversion finished, you can easily transfer your 4K XAVC S footages from Sony FDR-AX33 to iMovie for further editing without any problem.

Additional Tips:

If you want to make your Sony FDR-AX33 XAVC S files editable in Final Cut Pro, FCE, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, etc. the Mac XAVC S Converter will also be a great choice for you. Choose a proper output format like “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)”for FCP X/7b in the second step.

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