The latest version of iMovie is able to recognize Sony XAVC S footage flawlessly. But if for whatever reason you are still need to transcode XAVC S video from Sony RX1R II for use in iMovie, you may wish to read this post. It explains an easy workaround to convert Sony RX1R II XAVC S MP4 files to AIC .mov for editing in Apple iMovie with optimum performance.
The Sony RX1R II is able to support full HD 1920×1080 video recording at frame rates of 60p, 30p or 24p through use of the versatile XAVC S movie recording format, something which should offer better picture quality and fewer artifacts than the AVCHD format.
For a fast and fluid workflow between RX1R II and iMovie, users sometimes need to process “transcoded editing”. That means you convert RX1R II XAVC S files to an iMovie preferred format first, and then load them into iMovie for furthering editing smoothly. This requires third party software like HD Video Converter for Mac. Here’s a quick guide displaying how to convert RX1R II XAVC S MP4 video to Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie editing via using this Mac converter app.
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How to convert Sony RX1R II XAVC S files to Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie editing?
To do this:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional RX1R II XAVC S 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 Sony RX1R II XAVC S 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 Sony RX1R II XAVC S to MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated QuickTime files for using in iMovie with optimum performance.
Tips: The conversion process may cost a little longer time. In this situation, you can tick off ‘Showdown computer when conversion completed’ and go away to do other things.
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