Does iMovie support XAVC S 4K video from Sony RX10 II? What’s the smooth way to work with RX10 II XAVC S 4K media in iMovie? If you are having issues editing RX10 II 4K footage in iMovie, you may wish to read this post.
Does iMovie fully support Sony RX10 II XAVC S 4K media?
“Hi, all, I’m planning on buying a Sony RX10 II which is able to shoot 4K footage in XAVC S format. I’m working with iMovie, I have seen that iMovie supports XAVC-S from Sony, but I do not know if 4K XAVC-S is supported too. Any ideas?”
Our quick answer
As far as we know, the most recent version of iMovie can edit 4K in timeline and supports XAVC S. But there are user complains about unstable and unreliable issues. So we still think XAVC S 4K footage is not fully supported by iMovie. If you encounter any problems importing Sony RX10 II XAVC S 4K video to iMovie, we would recommend transcoding them to a format that is best suitable for use in iMovie, such as Apple’s InterMediate Codec, iMovie’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie will recognize and handle well. To process format conversion, third party converter software is required. Considering the ease of use and excellent output quality, we would recommend HD Video Converter for Mac. Read on to find a quick guide on how to convert Sony RX10 II XAVC S 4K files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing.
A quick guide on how to transcode Sony RX10 II XAVC S 4K video to AIC .mov for iMovie
1. Start up HD Converter for Mac as a professional Sony RX10 II 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 RX10 II XAVC S 4K 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 RX10 II XAVC S 4K 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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