Having issues working with Sony A7R II 4K XAVC S video in iMovie? If so, you may have interest in this post. It guides you through the process of converting A7R II 4K XAVC S video to AIC .mov for use in iMovie directly and smoothly.
For the A7R II, it’s not only still images that gain a noticeable increase in resolution and quality, but videos as well. Like the A7S before it, the A7R II is able to capture ultra-high-resolution 4K video (3840 x 2160), however, unlike the “S” model, it can record 4K video internally to the memory card (or via HDMI with an uncompressed 4:2:2 8-bit signal, as well).
The A7R II is the world’s first to offer in-camera full-frame 4K recording. Indeed, the A7R II captures 4K video using the full width of its full-frame sensor. Initially, this is way more pixels than is needed for 4K resolution video, and so the A7R II condenses the pixel-by-pixel information into a highly-detailed, crisp 4K video resolution.
The A7R II makes use of Sony’s higher bitrate XAVC S file format, which supports 4K bitrates up to 100Mbps. Full HD and 720p video recording is also offered in XAVC S format at 50Mbps (AVCHD and MP4 formats are also available for these resolutions).
For a fast and fluid workflow, people sometimes need to transcode A7R II 4K XAVC S video for editing in iMovie. Check this short tutorial on how to convert A7R II 4K XAVC S video to Apple InterMediate Code for use in iMovie smoothly. HD Video Converter for Mac will do the trick to transcode A7R II XAVC S footage to Apple Intermediate Codec for editing in iMovie smoothly without quality loss. You can download a demo to have a try.
[Guide] How to convert Sony A7R II 4K XAVC S video files to QuickTime movie format for editing in iMovie?
To do this:
Step 1: Open up HD Video Converter for Mac as a Sony A7R II 4K XAVC S Converter for iMovie. When its main interface comes up, click ‘Add File’ to load your source media.
Step 2: Select output format for your editing program
To convert Sony A7R II 4K XAVC S video files for iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, choose ‘Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC)(*.mov)’ as output format under ‘iMovie and Final Cut Express’ column.
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 Sony A7R II 4K XAVC S video files to AIC MOV Conversion on Mac
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 MOV files for editing in iMovie with optimum performance.
If you don’t want to wait for the entire conversion process, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.
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