The following article will explain the reason why iMovie won't import Sony PMW-F3 MP4 files as well as provide the solution on how to successfully import XDCAM EX mp4 to iMovie 10, 11, 09, 08,
PMW-F3 (PMW-F3K) is a hot product from Sony XDCAM EX lineup. It records 1920 x 1080 full HD images using the “MPEG-2 Long GOP” codec, which conforms to the MPEG-2 MP@HL compression standard. “MPEG-2 Long GOP” is a mature codec—also adopted by the XDCAM HD and HDV 1080i series of products—which enables users to record stunning HD video and audio with highly efficient, reliable data compression.
With XDCAM EX, recordings are made as data files in the MP4 format. However, iMovie only import MP4 files that are encoded with MPEG4/AAC or H.264/AAC data. And yet, MP4 is a video container format that may contain various audio and video codec (and sometimes even subtitle streams included). If the MP4 file is not encoded with iMovie support codec, iMovie will refuse to import this kind of MP4 video. So we can find that iMovie doesn’t read raw Sony XDCAM EX PMW-F3 files.
In order to successfully import Sony PMW-F3 MP4 files to iMovie, a recommended solution is to convert iMovie unrecognized MP4 to iMovie supported video format.
Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is just the right MP4 to iMovie Converter which can convert various MP4 to iMovie supported MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MOV or DV. Besides converting MP4 to iMovie, Brorsoft Video Converter also helps to convert other video formats including AVI, WMV, MPEG, VOB, MOV, AVCHD, MTS, M2T, M2TS, TOD, MOD, XAVC, FLV, MKV, SWF, 3GP, MVI, ASF and etc to iMovie video format.
Moreover, this ideal MP4 iMovie Converter tool also features advanced video editing function like trim, crop, rotate, merge, compress video/audio file size, increase sound volume, add or remove subtitles, add effect/watermark to video files, adjust video/audio bitrate, codec, frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, sample rate, channels and etc.
Convert and Import Sony PMW-F3 XDCAM EX MP4 footage to iMovie11
Step 1: Import PMW-F3 XDCAM MP4 video clips
Install and run the Sony XDCAM to iMovie converter on Mac, and then click "Add files" icon to import your Sony F3 mp4 files directly from your camcorder or the copied folder on the desktop.
Step 2: Choose iMovie format
Hit the Format box to select the specially designed video codec for editing in iMovie: iMovie/FCE --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov).
Step 3: Advanced video/audio settings (Optional)
Adjust the video and parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface.
Step 4: Start Sony XDCAM to iMovie conversion
Click the arrow button to start transcoding Sony PMW-F3 XDCAM footage to AIC for iMovie immediately. After the conversion finished, you can directly transfer the AIC .MOV video to iMovie for further editing without any problem(Just launch iMovie, click Import File > Import > Movies to add your videos.).
P.S. Besides transcoding Sony XDCAM to iMovie, Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac can also convert Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX files (from PMW-EX3, PMW-EX1R, PMW-EX1, PMW-320K, PMW-200, PMW-100, PDW-F800... )to FCP, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, etc NLE systems on Mac(Mavericks included). Choose a proper format in the second step.
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