I have Sony PMW-500 camcorder and shoot the videos recently, the Sony PMW-500 records and plays back high-definition video with 1920×1080 and 1280×720 resolutions up to 50 Mbps using MPEG-2 4:2:2P HL compression technology. I would like to edit the recorded .mxf video on iMac with iMovie 11, which is the free and useful part of the Apple Mac iLife.
While looking for solutions to import Sony PMW-500 MXF to iMovie 11 on iMac, I downloaded and tried several converters. Only Sony MXF Video Converter for Mac works for me. I like the batch processing and joining of multiple mxf videos into one file. The editing feature to trim the recorded videos is great, as I can control the content for conversion.
For guys who may find it difficult to import and edit Sony PMW-500 MXF files on Mac, here is the fast guide to merge and convert Sony PMW-500 MXF to AIC MOV for iMovie 8/9/11.
Step 1. Import Sony PMW-500 MXF files to Sony MXF Video Converter for Mac.
Connect Sony MXF camcorder to iMac with USB 2.0 cable, run UFUSoft MXF Video Converter for Mac as the best Sony MXF to MOV converter on Mac. click the “Add” button to load .mxf videos. This Sony MXF Video Convetrer can convert Sony PMW-500 mxf export lossless compression video/audio compatible with iMovie 6/8/9/11 on Mac.
Step 2. Choose MOV with Apple Intermediate Code AIC output format.
Click the “Profile” option and choose iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) as output format with high quality for iMovie 6/8/9/11. To get 1080 videos, we need to click the “Settings” button and choose 1920*1080 as output video size, Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) as output video codec. You also can choose HD Video > H.264 HD Video(*.mov).
Step 3. Merge Sony PMW-500 MXF files into one. (optional)
Select the files in the filelist and click Merge, and the Mac Sony PMW-500 MXF Video Converter will join and combine the video clips into a single file as output.
Step 4. Edit and trim Sony PMW-500 MXF videos. (optional)
Select the file you want to trim and click the “Edit” button, you will face the Edit window with original video and output video preview. You can enter exact time point as the set in and set out for trimming.
Step 5. Convert Sony PMW-500 MXF to AIC MOV for 8/9/11 on Mac.
Click the convert button under the preview window, and the Mac Sony MXF video converter will start the conversion from Sony PMW-500 MXF to AIC MOV or MP4 for iMovie 8/9/11 on Mac.
For some Mac users, when editing the MXF videos via the Editor windows of Sony MXF Converter for Mac, the video and sound may go output sync sometimes, making it somewhat difficult to find the trim location. But the output videos would play without sync problem after conversion.
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Sony PMW-320 MXF to MOV- Edit MXF in iMovie 8/9/11 with High Quality on Mac
Summary:In this post, you can learn the best way and tools for importing and editing Sony PMW-320 MXF in iMovie 8/9/11.
Sony is pleased to announce the introduction of the new PMW-320 XDCAM EX Camcorder. This new shoulder mount camcorder joins the award-winning XDCAM EX product family of professional Solid State Recording acquisition tools. This new camcorder inherits all of the advanced creative recording features of the successful PMW-EX1, PMW-EX1R, PMW-EX3 and the PMW-350 camcorders, and also offers several enhancements such as improved low light capability as well as SD recording as a standard feature.
We all know that the recordings' format of Sony PMW-320 is the MXF which delivers stunning picture quality. However, if you want to deinterlace and edit Sony PMW-320 MXF in iMovie 8/9/11, you will meet some problems. The problems lie in that iMovie 8/9/11 cannot support the original MXF footages from PMW-320. It is a common sense that the most compatible format for iMovie 8/9/11 is Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov). So the first problem you have to solve is to deinterlace/transcode Sony PMW-320 MXF to AIC the most compatible codec which is specially designed for editing in iMovie 8/9/11.
Here we recommend you to choose a top MXF to AIC Converter for mac to transfer these recordings for iMovie 8/9/11 editing.
Steps for deinterlace Sony PMW-320 MXF clips to iMovie 8/9/11.
Step 1: Install the top Sony MXF Converter for Mac on your Mac OS X, and run it to import your Sony PMW-320 1080p MXF footages to it. Tip: If you want to combine the files together, please tick the box "Merge into one" on the main interface.
Step 2: Click the Format box and select best output format on the dropdown list. You are advised to choose Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov) as the export.
Step 3: Click the "Settings" icon on the main interface and you’d better set the video size as 1920*1080, video frame rate as 30fps(or 25fps PAL) for importing Sony PMW-320 MXF to iMovie 8/9/11 with the best quality.
Step 4: Click the Arrow button on main interface to start converting/deinterlace Sony PMW-320 MXF clips to AIC video immediately.
After the Sony PMW-320 MXF to AIC converter finished transcoding, you can run the iMovie 8/9/11 to import the converted files and edit them in it without any rendering or incompatibility problem. Just launch iMovie and then choose File > Import > Movies. You can follow this tutorial How to Import video files, projects to iMovie 8/9/11.
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