Make Sony XAVC Footages Wrking with iMovie/Final Cut Express on Mac

XAVC, the newest HD recording format announced by Sony, has gained much attention since it is released, XAVC uses level 5.2 of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC which is the highest level supported by that video standard. XAVC can support 4K resolution (4096 × 2160 and 3840 × 2160) at up to 60 frames per second (fps). XAVC supports color depths of 8-bits, 10-bits, and 12-bits.[1][2] Chroma subsampling can be 4:2:0, 4:2:2, or 4:4:4. The Material Exchange Format (MXF) can be used for the digital container format.XAVC allows for a wide range of content production including intra frame recording and long group of pictures (GOP) recording. XAVC is produced by two CineAlta cameras like Sony PMW-F55 and Sony PMW-F5, which are not the preferred formats by iMovie/FCE. Even you will have problem for transferring and logging these XAVC videos.

iMovie, Final Cut Express are known as the most popular video editing tools on Mac OS X. With the programs, you can make a home video or create your own movie project, which greatly enriched your digital life. Both iMovie and FCE supports most commonly-used video codecs, including DV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, AVCHD and AIC. However, due to the wide range of media files, not all formats are compatible with iMovie ’09/11 or FCE. That’s why you can always see questions like “How do I import a XAVC file into iMovie/FCE…” come up from time to time.

So the program you need is a great UFUSoft Mac XAVC to Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) Converter. With it, you can convert Sony PMW-F55/Sony PMW-F5 XAVC files to Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) for editing with iMovie/FCE on Mac.

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Below is the step-by-step guide for you to quickly convert Sony PMW-F55/Sony PMW-F5 XAVC to AIC Codec (*.mov) for editing in iMovie/FCE.

Step 1. Download XAVC files to Apple computer.
Connect your Sony PMW-F55/Sony PMW-F5 camera to Apple computer via USB cable, find the xavc files from the camera folder. Then copy and transfer the XAVC files from camera to the Apple hard drive disk.

XAVC to FCE/iMovie AIC Converter

Step 2. Import XAVC files to UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac.
Run UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac as the best Sony XAVC to FCE/iMovie AIC Converter, and click the “Add” button to load XAVC videos from Sony PMW-F55/Sony PMW-F5 cameras. You may also directly drag and drop the XAVC video to application UI for importing files.

Step 3. Choose iMovie/Final Cut Express – Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov) or HD MOV output format.
Click the “Format” option and navigate the mouse cursor to iMovie/Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) or HD Video > HD MOV Video(*.mov)as output format. The Mac XAVC to FCE/iMovie Converter will convert XAVC to Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) MOV with high quality.

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Step 4. Convert XAVC video to AIC (*.MOV) for iMovie/FCE
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac XAVC to FCE/iMovie Converter will start the conversion from Sony PMW-F55/Sony PMW-F5 XAVC to AIC MOV for iMovie/Final Cut Express.

After the conversion, you can easily import AIC to iMovie/FCE without rendering for editing.

Tips:
1. If you would like to edit Sony XAVC with Final Cut Pro X, Avid, Adobe Premiere Pro, Kendlive, etc, you can convert XAVC to ProRes MOV, HD MOV, MPG, MP4, WMV, AVI, DV on Mac.

2. If you want to convert XAVC to Windows Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, etc on windows 7/8/Vista/XP, etc, please use Windows XAVC Video Converter.

2. This UFUSoft HD Video Converter for Mac supports Sony PMW-F55/Sony PMW-F5 XAVC cameras.

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