This guide provides a workflow to get Sony PMW-400 XAVC files to work in iMovie or FCE.
"I am looking for a XAVC Video Converter for our company and have tried several video converters today. Unfortunately I was not successful...
The tested file can be played in the CONTENT BROSER (SONY) without problem and the import into iMovie or FCE 4 was also successful.
XAVC videos are from Sony PMW-400 btw. Have you any idea?!"
What if we want to import XAVC to iMovie, FCE and more? A recommended solution is to convert Sony XAVC file to a more popular video format (including AIC MOV, Apple ProRes 422, MOV, WMV, MPG, MP4, MKV and more)! The following article will introduce a step by step guide on how to encode Sony PMW-400 XAVC video to iMovie/FCE with high output video quality.
Free Download Pavtube XAVC Video Converter for Mac, install and launch it.
Click "Add Video" icon and load source media into this application.
From Format list, choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.MOV)" for getting iMovie/FCE optimized video format.
Tips: Pavtube XVAC Video Converter for Mac can also convert Sony XAVC files to FCP, QuickTime, Avid Media Composer, Avid Xpress Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, DaVinci Resolve or Apple Aperture 3 compatible video format for editing.
1. For FCP and Aperture 3: Click and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422(*.mov)" as the output format. FCP 6 only can support ProRes 422 and ProRes 422(HQ) codec.
2. For Avid Media Composer and Xpress Pro: Click and choose "Avid Media Composer ->Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" as the best output codec.
3. For Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: Click "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas", choose "MPEG-2 (*.mov)" or "MOV(AVC)(*mov)" or "WMV (VC-1)(*.wmv)" as the best video format.
4. For playing XAVC video on QuickTime: Choose "Common Video -> MOV-QuickTime(*.mov)" as the best video format.
If you want to optimize the video and audio parameters, you can set in "Settings". File size, bitrate, frame rate can be adjusted here.
If you have finished the above steps, please click the button "Convert" at the lower right corner to start converting Sony PMW-400 XAVC to AIC MOV for iMovie and FCE.
After a while, you can get the generated files from the destination folder. Once you get the converted MOV file, you can import it to iMovie or FCE.
This time, you can edit your Sony PMW-400 XAVC videos in iMovie or FCE with ease.
OK, When you have trouble getting Sony PMW-400 XAVC video footages in Final Cut Pro X, refer to this tutorial.