Import Sony XDCAM Camera Files into iMovie

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I’ve been recordings some videos in XDCAM for a while now and I’m here to sort out a persistent issue: how to import Sony XDCAM to iMovie for editing?

Searching online, I got a bunch of hints. Sony has an XDCAM Transfer tool but that only seems to transcode to a format supported by Final Cut Pro. So, you will need another tool to help you convert Sony XDCAM to iMovie. Recommended by more than more guys, Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac is the best utility to fulfill the task.

This all-in-one video converting program is better than Sony XDCAM Transfer. XDCAM Transfer will convert XDCAM files into QT MOV when it copies source files from the camera media to the computer. Well, this XDCAM Converter allows you to convert Sony XDCAM to AIC .mov with zero quality loss. Plus, it also supporting transcoding Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM EX to ProRes for FCP, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro.

Transcoding Sony XDCAM footage to iMovie

Step 1: Import XDCAM video clips 

Install and run the Sony XDCAM to iMovie converter on Mac, and then click “Add files” icon to import your XDCAM files directly from your camcorder or the copied folder on the desktop.

Step 2: Choose iMovie format

Hit the Format box to select the specially designed video codec for editing in iMovie: iMovie/FCE –> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov).

Step 3: Advanced video/audio settings (Optional)

Adjust the video and parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface.

Step 4: Start Sony XDCAM to iMovie conversion

Click the arrow button to start transcoding Sony XDCAM footage to AIC for iMovie immediately. After the conversion finished, you can directly transfer the AIC .MOV video to iMovie for further editing without any problem(Just launch iMovie, click Import File > Import > Movies to add your videos.).

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