Summary: If you have problems for importing and editing Sony PMW-320 MXF clips in iMovie 8/9/11, you can follow this simple tutorial to transcode MXF files to AIC MOV for iMovie.
Have you ever met similiar issues when importing MXF files from Sony PMW-320 to iMovie (8,9,11 included):
I bought a Sony PMW 320 in May 2012 and was pleased with it. I have used it many times on lives for BBC News and recently I’m using it filming weddings for my friends. To meet my friend’s need, I tried to edit the recording on my friend’s computer. He is using a MacBook Pro and 24? Apple screen running 10.6 and has iMovie 11 installed. However, it’s a bit hard to import and edit Sony PMW-320 MXF in iMovie as I really met.
The problems lie in that iMovie 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 to get your Sony PMW-320 MXF files and iMovie to play nicely, the best solution is to transcode those MXF to AIC MOV videos. To get the work done, you can get some help from third-party softwares. Here Brorsoft MXF Converter for Mac is the application I used to transfer these recordings for iMovie 11 on Mac OS X. It’s complete and well designed software and offers the preset profiles AIC .mov for iMovie/Final Cut Express exactly fit what I need. It couldn't have been more flawless during the conversion! The clips converted and the quality of the conversion was as expected, even quality loss. If you are now aslo troubled by the similar issues go through the below guide.
Steps for convert Sony PMW-320 MXF clips to iMovie 8/9/11.
Step 1. Install the yet professional Sony MXF to MOV Converter Mac on computer, and run it to import Sony PMW-320 1080/60i or 1080/24p MXF footages to it. Tip: If you want to combine the files together, please tick the box "Merge into one" box.
Step 2. Click the Format box and select best output format on the dropdown list. iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) is the target format.
Step 3. Tap the "Settings" icon on the main interface and it’s better to set the video size as 1920*1080, video frame rate as 30fps(or 25fps PAL) for importing Sony PMW-320 MXF to iMovie with the best quality.
Step 4. Click the convert button to start converting/deinterlace Sony PMW-320 MXF clips to AIC video immediately.
When you get the output files after the conversion, transfer the converted MXF files to iMovie for editing on Mac would be easy work anyhow.
PS: You can learn more solutions to importing & editing Sony MXF for Sony PMW-350K, PMW-EX3, PMW-F3L, PMW-F3K, PMW-100, etc MXF camcorders from Brorsoft MXF column.