If you are having issues working with Sony AZ1 1080/60p XAVC-S footage in Apple iMovie, you may wish to read this post. It displays a workaround to transcode Sony AZ1 XAVC-S to Apple InterMediate Codec for use in iMovie with optimum performance.
The Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 is smaller and lighter than many competitors; it has excellent video quality with solid electronic image stabilization; the live-view remote lets you wirelessly preview, review and change settings, and has GPS; it has a splashproof body and a removable, rechargeable battery; the included tripod mount gives you plenty of accessory choice.
The HDR-AZ1 records 1080p60 video in XAVC S Codec with MP4 container. If for whatever reason you are unable to use AZ1 XAVC-S files in iMovie smoothly, we would recommend transcoding them to a format that is best suitable for use in iMovie first, such as AIC .mov, iMovie’s favorite editing format, which iMovie will recognize and handle well. To perform format conversion, a third party XAVC-S converter app is required. Considering the ease of use and optimal output format for iMovie, we would recommend HD Video Converter for Mac. Read on to learn a quick guide on how to convert Sony AZ1 XAVC-S video to AIC for iMovie editing.
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HD Converter for Mac
A quick guide on how to transcode Sony AZ1 XAVC-S files to AIC .mov for iMovie
1. Start up HD Converter for Mac as a professional Sony AZ1 XAVC-S Converter for iMovie, and then click ‘Add File’ button to import your source files.
Step 2: Select AIC .mov as output format for iMovie
To convert Sony AZ1 XAVC-S 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 AZ1 XAVC-S video 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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