We write this post to help those who are in search of a Sony a7 Converter for Mac to transcode Sony a7 footage on a Mac machine. If you are having any issues playing or editing Sony a7 recordings on Mac, you may wish to read it.
Issues playing Sony a7 .mts files on Mac
“Hello all, I have recorded a bundle of .mts files at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels with my new Sony a7 camera. I’m having issues playing the 1080p .mts files shot on a7 on my old Mac. I can open them in my VLC player, but the quality is terrible. It is streaked and jumps frames. Somebody said that older machines with slow processors could have problems to play full HD formats! Is that true? If so, how can I go through this? Does anybody have any ideas/tips for me? Thanks for any advice.”
If for any reason you are unable to play or edit Sony a7 video files smoothly on a Mac, we would recommend transcoding them to a Mac friendly format first. For example, you can convert Sony a7 video to QuickTime .mov for playing on a Mac, or you can convert Sony a7 video to AIC .mov for editing in iMovie or transcode Sony a7 video to ProRes for use in FCP X. To process format conversion, all you need is a workable Sony a7 Converter for Mac.
How to convert Sony a7 video files for use on Mac?
Here’s what you need
HD Converter for Mac
Follow these steps:
Step 1: Start up HD Converter for Mac as a Mac Sony a7 Video Converter. Once the main interface pops up, click ‘Add File’ button to import source media. You can load directly from your camera or from a card reader, or from a folder on your HDD that contains your media data.
Step 2: Select output format for your editing programs
To convert Sony a7 files for use in iMovie, from the Profile list, choose ‘Apple InterMediateCodec (AIC) (*.mov) as output format from ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ catalogue.
For the purpose of encoding Sony a7 video files for Avid, Premiere or DaVinci Resolve, from the Profile list, choose ‘Avid DNxHD(*.mov)’ as output format from ‘Avid Media Composer’ column.
To convert Sony a7 footage for editing in FCP 7 or FCP X, from the Profile list, choose ‘Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)’ as output format from ‘Final Cut Pro’ catalogue.
If you want to convert Sony a7 video files for playing on Mac, simply choose ‘HD MOV Video (*.mov)’ as target format under ‘HD Video’ catalogue.
Step 3: Custom video and audio settings (for advanced user)
If you are an advanced user and want to adjust video and audio settings like bit rate, frame rate, etc. in your own way, you can click ‘Setting’ button and go to ‘Profile Settings’ panel to do so, if not, simply skip this step.
Step 4: When ready, click the ‘Convert’ button to start converting Sony a7 footage to MOV for playing or editing on a Mac.
You can tick off ‘Shut down computer when conversion completed’ checkbox, and go away to do other things instead of waiting around in front of the computer for the entire conversion process.
Step 5: When the conversion finished, click ‘Open Folder’ button to find the generated MOV QuickTime files for editing or playing.
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