Learn how to import XAVC-S file/AVCHD/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 MP4 videos from Sony HDR-CX900 to iMovie for edting in AIC mov format by reading below guide.
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The HDR-CX900 records HD movies in the XAVC S format, which uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 for video compression and linear PCM for audio compression, while saving files in a MP4 wrapper. The highly compressed files allow extensive record times. The camcorder also records in AVCHD, ideal for quality video for HDTV and Blu-ray disc burning. Additionally, the camcorder can shoot MP4 HD video, which is ideal for sharing over the internet at up to 28Mbps. Having the ability to switch between all three of three formats makes this camcorder an ideal tool that is versatile for creating content to live in a number of different environments.
iMovie is one of the ideal video editing tools for Mac users. With it, beautifying your videos becomes easy and fast simply by cropping, cutting, adding effects, merging etc. But, iMovie only supports importing MP4 formats with MPEG4/AAC or H.264/AAC data, not all kinds of MP4 formats. And we will fail to import AVCHD to iMovie 10/11/09/08/HD if the AVCHD footage recorded at 1080/60p, 1080/50p or 720/60p. Another point, XAVC S codec is a new one, and is not widely supported. If we want to import and edit the 4K XAVC-S files from Sony CX900 into iMovie, the reslut may let you down- iMovie won't open Sony CX900 4K XAVC-S files correctly.
So, what's the solution ?
To get rid of the issues, one possible solution is to transcode Sony FDR-AX100 XAVC-S/AVCHD/MP4 video to a more "edit" friendly codec for iMovie (DV, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MOV and M4V file types are compatible with iMovie). Now I share the guide with you how to convert XAVC S/AVCHD/MP4 footage from Sony HDR-CX900 to iMove friendly format using Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.
It does a good job in converting Sony CX900 videos to Sony Vegas Pro most compatible format like AIC MOV with least quality loss. Plus, it supports encoding camera shootings in different formats (H.264 MOV, MTS/M2TS, MP4, MXF, etc.) to video editing software compatible file types, i.e. MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, WMV for Windows Movie Maker, AVI to Pinnacle Studio to meet your different needs. And if you meet the XAVC S codec issues on Windows PC, please get Brorsoft Video Converter to solve the problem.
Converting Sony HDR-CX900 XAVC S to iMovie
1. Run the program you just set up. Drag and drop the XAVC S/AVCHD/MP4 files to the Converter. You can also hit Add files button to import videos to the app. If you wanna combine Sony XAVC S files into one file, you can click the "Merge into one" box.
2. Hit the "Format" bar and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format on the drop-down menu.
Tip: This XAVC S/AVCHD/MP4 to iMovie Converter also allows you to fix the frame rate, bitrate, sample rate, audio channel to your needs by clicking Settings icon.
3. When you finish all settings, hit "Convert" button to start XAVC S/AVCHD/MP4 to AIC .mov conversion on Mac OS X. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.
Once the conversion finished, you can import the converted Sony HDR-CX900/B XAVC S/AVCHD/MP4 file to iMovie 8/9/11/HD smoothly with superior speed once the post production process begins.
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