How to Import Sony a5100 XAVC S footage into iMovie 8/9/11?

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The a5100 is the follow-up to the NEX-5 series, and sits above the a5000 (formerly the NEX-3) and below a6000 (which replaced the NEX-6/7). The a5100 has versatile video features for its prices. It can record 1080/60p video, with the a5100 supporting the XAVC S codec, allowing for bit rates of 50Mbps. It also allowing lower resolution MP4 shooting simultaneously. The MP4 format is a smart choice for uploding, sharing and post-processin while the 1080 60p AVCHD and XAVC codecs sometimes may bring troubles while processing post-production. If you have problems importing Sony a5100 footage into iMovie 8/9/11 for movie editing, below is quick tutorial to achieve your goal smoothly.

Both the 60p AVCHD and XAVC S footage are not ideal for editing. To get iMovie work with your Sony a5100 footage beautifully, you first need to convert them to a more editing-firendly format, such as iMovie’s Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC).

First you need to download UFUWare HD Converter for Mac, a powerful high-quality video converter, player and editor. The program offers the easiest way to transcode 60p AVCHD and XAVC S codec to Apple Intermediate Codec, allowing you to convert Sony a5100 video to seamlessly fit iMovie. Besides, it also adds some advanced encoders like ProRes and DNxHD, which ensures best quality when working with Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc.

If you’re editing Sony a5100 footage with iMovie, FCP, Premiere and Avid, chances are you already installed this great utility. If not, download it from here.

So, what does the workflow look like?

1) Install and run UFUWare Video Converter for Mac, drag & drop Sony a5100 video files to the program directly. Or go to the “File” menu, choose “Add Video” to locate the Sony a510 footage you want to add. You can add several files to do batch conversion.

2) Choose iMovie/FCE — > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the output format. The output video can be imported to iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08 directly.

Tips: Furthermore, you are provided some useful edit functions cropping, trimming, adding watermark, attaching subtitles for pre-editing your video files so that you can simplify your iMovie editing.

3) Click the “Convert” button to start the Sony a5100 to iMovie AIC conversion. Just in a few minutes, you make it.

After the conversion, click “Open” to locate the result videos and then launch iMovie,choose File > Import > Movies…, to import the converted AIC video into iMovie; prepare for editing. You will find that it’s just a piece of cake to edit Sony a5100 60p or XAVC S files in iMovie.

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