How can I import and edit Sony X1000V Action Cam 4K XAVC S video in iMovie? If you are looking for a way to work with Sony X1000V 4K XAVC S MP4 files in iMovie, you are in the right place. This post displays a workaround to transcode Sony X1000V 4K XAVC S MP4 files to AIC .mov for use in iMovie with optimum performance.
Using the XAVC S codec, the FDR-X1000V can record UltraHD resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) at 30p with a bitrate of 100 Mb/s or 24p with a bitrate of 60 Mb/s. Besides 4K, it can record Full HD 1080p at 50 Mb/s in XAVC S and up to 28 Mb/s in the higher-compressed MP4 mode. The XAVC-S codec for the X1000V Action Cam is wrapped in an MP4 file. But it doesn’t mean you would be able to load these files directly into iMovie without the need for conversion. MP4 is just a container, it’s like a cloth. The real working thing is the inner XAVC-S codec, which you can’t see directly. As a quite new compression standard, XAVC-S is not very well supported by iMovie. For a fast and fluid workflow, we suggest you try to convert your X1000V XAVC-S MP4 into AIC .mov, which would be better if you want to edit in iMovie smoothly. HD Video Converter for Mac will do the trick.
Sony X1000V XAVC S and iMovie workflow – approach to encoding Sony X1000V 4K XAVC S MP4 video to AIC .mov for iMovie
To do this:
Step 1: Run HD Video Converter for Mac as a professional Sony X1000V 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 X1000V 4K XAVC S MP4 for use in iMovie, from ‘Profile’ list, select ‘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: 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 X1000V 4K XAVC S MP4 to MOV conversion.
Step 5: Click ‘Open Folder’ to get generated QuickTime files for using in iMovie with optimum performance.
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