This short tutorial helps those who are having issues importing and editing Panasonic HX-A500 4K video files in Apple iMovie. It guides you through the process of converting Panasonic HX-A500 4K recordings to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) for use in iMovie with optimum performance.
The HX-A500 is Panasonic’s first 4K action camera. Providing 3,840 x 2,160 4K recording capability at 25 progressive frames per second, the camera can capture four times more detail than Full HD. Below the top resolution, there are also options to shoot both Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) and 720p (1,280 x 720) at 50 or 25 progressive frames per second, as well as 848 x 480 at 25 progressive frames per second.
It’s easy to edit Full HD and 720p recordings on a Mac, but working with HX-A500 4K video files in iMovie can be taxing on your computer, especially if you don’t have the most powerful machine to edit on. If you find that your Mac has trouble keeping up with your HX-A500 4K footage, consider transcoding them to a format that is compatible with iMovie first, such as iMovie preferred Apple InterMediate Codec, which iMovie will recognize and handle well. Here’s a quick guide telling you how to convert HX-A500 4K video files to AIC .mov for editing in iMovie smoothly.
[Guide] How to transcode HX-A500 4K video files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?
HD Video Converter for Mac
With this converter program installed, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode 4k footage shot on HX-A500 for editing in non-linear editing systems (NLE) like iMovie, Final Cut Pro 7/X, DaVinci Resolve, Edius, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer and more with optimum performance. Just download & install it and keep reading for a brief how-to on each process.
To do this:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Panasonic HX-A500 4K video to iMovie Converter. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load source video to it.
Step 2: Select output format for iMovie
For the purpose of converting Panasonic HX-A500 4K video files for use in iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, select ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column. This format is suitable for use in iMovie and the discontinued Final Cut Express.
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: Adjust 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: Click ‘Convert’ to start Panasonic HX-A500 4K video files to MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated QuickTime files for using in iMovie or with optimum performance.
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