XDCAM SD, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX and XDCAM HD422 are 4 different product lines, and they are different from kinds of encoder, contain type and recording media.most of the XDCAM record .mxf footage, and you can learn the iMovie supported formats at bellow:
iMovie HD supports multiple video formats and allows you to create projects that are tailored to your specific video format. You can use the following formats in iMovie HD:
HDV 1080i (25 and 30 fps)
HDV 720p (25 and 30 fps)
MPEG 4 Simple Profile
If you have tried to import .mxf file into imovie, you will find that imovie is imcompatible with .mxf file. Doremisoft MXF Converter for mac can give you easy but effective solution for importing XDCAM MXF footages into iMovie for editing. With the assistance of the Mac MXF Converter, you can effortlessly transcode MXF file to iMovie acceptable formats like MPEG4, H.264 or ProRes.
Guide on converting Sony XDCAM to imovie:
Step 1: Import the Sony XDCAM .mxf footage into converter.
Click "Add File" button to import your .mxf files.
Step 2: Select an output format for iMovie 9/10/11
Click the dropdown menu of "Profile" and choose "iMovie"->"iMovie H.264" as output file format. Of course, you can also select "iMovie MPEG-4" or "iMovie ProRes". In addition, the software can deal with MXF file from any brand camcorder like Canon XF100, Panasonic P2, etc.
Step 3: Start converting Sony XDCAM to MP4 for iMovie
Hit the "START" button and let the application do the conversion from XDCAM MXF to iMovie MP4 for you.
1. In order to edit Sony XDCAM .mxf file in FCP, this converter also can help you to convert the MXF footage from Sony XDCAM PMWEX3, PMWEX1R, PMW200, PMW100, and PDWF800 to ProRes natively supported by Final Cut Pro (FCP X) without quality loss. With this you can easily import sony xdcam mxf to fcp.
2. If you have a Sony Cyber-shot camcorder, you can use AVCHD converter for mac to convert AVCHD clips from sony cybershot to Mac formats like MOV, MPEG4, DV, etc within barely three steps.
3. Most of Sony Handycam also record avchd clips, to play this AVCHD footage on QuickTime, edit in iMovie'11, Final Cut Pro X and Final Cut Express, the most effective method is to convert Sony Handycam to mac compatible video format.