Announced back in September, the FDR-AX1 is Sony’s first “consumer” 4K video camcorder that is targeted towards indie shooters. To capture 3840 x 2160 resolution, the AX1 uses Sony’s new XAVC-S format which employs a more efficient MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Long GOP compression with an MP4 wrapper.

“Do you know how to import videos I’ve captured by my new camcorder- Sony FDR AX1 into iMovie 11? I always got an Error message in iMovie. Thank you in advance!”

As a new video codec, the XAVC-S footage captured by Sony FDR-AX1 is a kind of non-standard format which is hardly supported by iMovie 8,9,11. In order to load Sony AX1 XAVC-S clips into iMovie for smoothly editing, we need to rewrap or convert original XAVC-S files to Apple InterMediate Code (AIC), the most compatible video codec for iMovie to afford with the help of a professional third party program.

To perform the task, the easiest way is to use Crob Video Converter for Mac which can help you to convert Sony XAVC-S footage to Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) MOV files – ensuring maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie (no matter iMovie HD, iMovie 08, iMovie 09, or iMovie 11). Besides, this technical third converter offers various common video codec for editing tools, like Apple ProRes for FCP, DNxHD for Avid, MPEG for Premiere, .etc Read on to learn how to transcode Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S XAVC-S videos to AIC MOV.

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How to Convert and Import Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S videos to iMovie

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Step 1: Locate the original Sony FDR-AX1 XAVC S file

Download and run Sony XAVC S Video Converter on Mac, and then click the “Add” button to import the XAVC S videos to the program. (Drag and Drop is also a convenient way to load the videos.)

Step 2: Set output format

Click the format column to select output format “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” as the best compatible video format for iMovie

Tips: Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc. by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

Step 3: Start Conversion

Click the “Convert” icon on the main interface, the XAVC S to AIC MOV conversion will be completed soon.

After conversion, you will be able to get the output files compatible with iMovie effortlessly. So there you have it. Pretty Simple. And now you can use Sony FDR-AX1 4K XAVC S files in iMovie smoothly.