Convert Sony XDCAM MXF to iMovie 11 for editing with AIC codec
Summary: Follow the guide below and you will know how to import Sony XDCAM HD422 MXF to iMovie without rendering or any other problems on Mac OS X.
With 1/2-inch Exmor Full HD CMOS Sensors and an effective count of 1920*1080, Sony's top XDCAM series camcorder like Sony PMW-EX1, Sony PMW-EX3, Sony PMW-F3, Sony PMW-100 can record Full HD video (1920×1080) using MPEG HD422 compression technology at a data rate of up to 50Mbps at MXF format. Howerver using Sony XDCAM MXF footage in iMovieMac is a big problem. When you want to edit Sony XDCAM videos you recorded, you may find the high quality MXF files are not recognized by most editing software even iMovie.
If you need to import Sony XDCAM MXF to iMovie 11, you'd better convert/decode Sony XDCAM files to iMovie compatible AIC .mov format using Sony XDCAM MXF Converter for Mac. As Apple Intermediate Code (AIC) is the best format for editing in iMovie, so after transcoding Sony XDCAM files to AIC for iMovie, you can editing Sony XDCAM MXF in iMovie 11 natively.
Guide on how to Convert/import Sony XDCAM MXF to iMovie on Mac OS X.
Step 1. Install and launch the Pavtube Sony XDCAM to iMovie Converter, click "add videos" to load individual videos, or click "add from folder" to load the whole folder.
Step 2. Click "Format" preset and choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express-> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" as best video format for editing Sony XDCAM MXF in iMovie as well as good video quality.
If you just want to convert this video for normal use and want it to be smaller in size, then Apple ProRess 422 (*.mov) is suggested.
You can also click "Settings" which is marked as step 3 to fix the frame rate, bitrate and video quality to your needs.
Step 3. now click "Convert" and let it go. The XDCAM to iMovie Converter for Mac supports batch conversion, so if you have lots of XDCAM MXF videos to convert, check 'Shut down computer after conversion', and you can go away without keeping an eye on it.
When the conversion is finished, you can import the converted video file to iMovie. Now you can easily editing XDCAM MXF files in iMovie 11 on Mac, just have a try!
If your MXF files have 2 audio tracks or more, here is a new program specially designed for multi-track preserving and mixing features, named iMixMXF. Featured formats include: MOV/MP4/MPG/WMV/FLV/MKV and more. And good news for Blu-ray/DVD fans! Pavtube studio now provides ByteCopy for Mac plus iMixMXF bundle, saving $17 immediately! (ByteCopy for Mac is a multi-track featured blu-ray ripping program. With it, you can easily backup blu-ray to lossless multi-track MKV without any quality loss, transcode to multi-track MP4/MOV/ProRes and other mainstream video formats.)
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Source: Convert Sony XDCAM MXF to AIC for iMovie 11 editing natively