Transfer Canon SX50 HS footage to Mac for iMovie, FCE and FCP X

Summary: If you are seeking a way to transfer Canon PowerShot SX50 HS footage to Mac for editing with iMovie, FCE, or FCP X, this post is certainly worth reading. It explains how to transcode SX50 H.264 MOV videos to QuickTime format for editing on Mac smoothly.

PowerShot SX50 HSI cannot get iMovie to accept SX50 H.264 MOV videos
User Question,“I just bought a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS as my travel camera, and mainly for outside pictures and for videos. It is a pretty darn good camera. However, when I’m trying to edit the SX50 HD footage on Mac iMovie, I get stuck. I cannot seem to get iMovie to recognize SX50 videos in H.264 compressed MOV format. Does anyone know what I can possibly do??? Thanks for your help.”

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS high-end, advanced digital camera is able to capture best video files in Full HD 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps (23.976) in MOV recording format. If you intend to transfer Canon SX50 H.264 MOV files to Mac for editing in iMovie, FCE, and FCP X, you’d better trancode SX50 HS footage to QuickTime previously, so that you can expect an optimum performance while editing them on Mac. You will need Video Converter for Mac to do this.

With Video Converter for Mac, you are able to easily convert video files in format of MOV, AVI, MKV, MTS, AVCHD, MXF, DV, WMV, AVI, MP4, FLV, SWF, etc. to whatever format you need on Mac platform with best quality.

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Canon SX50 Video Converter for Mac

How to convert SX50 HS H.264 footage to QuickTime on Mac?

Follow these steps:
Step 1: Open up Video Converter for Mac as a Canon SX50 Video Converter for Mac. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media into it.
transfer Canon PowerShot SX50 HS footage to Mac

Step 2: Choose output format for editing use on Mac
1) Convert SX50 HS H.264 MOV video for iMovie and FCE
From ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
convert SX50 HS H.264 MOV video for iMovie and FCE

2) Encode SX50 video for FCP X
Encode SX50 video for FCP X
Important: If you’ve loaded a number of video clips to do batch conversion, please do remember ticking off ‘Apply to All’ option before you start.

Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (optional)
If necessary, you can click ‘Settings’ button and go to ‘Profiles Settings’ panel to modify video and audio settings like video encoder, resolution, video bit rate, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio encoder, sample rate, audio bit rate, and audio channels. 3D settings are also available.

Step 4: Begin PowerShot SX50 HS video to QuickTime conversion
When ready, click ‘Convert’ to start format conversion. Once the conversion process is complete, you can click ‘Open Folder’ button to get the generated AIC/ProRes MOV files for editing with iMovie, Final Cut Express or FCP X on Mac.

If you don’t want to wait for theentire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.

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