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[Solved] iMovie Won’t Import MXF Files on Mac (macOS Sierra)

[Solved] iMovie Won’t Import MXF Files on Mac (macOS Sierra)

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iMovie is a video editing software application sold by Apple Inc. for the Mac and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch). It is one of the popular video editing tool that enables you to edit your videos by cutting, merging, cropping and adding various effects. However, in several scenarios, the users have encountered various problems in importing the MXF video from Panasonic/Sony camcorders in iMovie. If you have encountered a similar problem, then here is quick guide on how to solve it.

Why iMovie won’t import MXF videos?

Why can’t import MXF files from Canon/Sony Camcorders to iMovie? Because iMovie sometimes still can’t recognize MXF video.

Most of the incompatibilities were addressed and ratified in the 2009 version of the standard.

Sony’s XDCAM MXF is supported by Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Autodesk Smoke, Avid, Capella systems, Dalet, EVS, Imagine Communications Corp., Omneon, Quantel, Rhozet, Sony Vegas Pro, Sorenson Squeeze, Telestream FlipFactory, GrassValley EDIUS, Grass Valley K2, and Merging Technologies VCube.

Panasonic’s P2 MXF is supported by Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Autodesk Smoke, Avid, Dalet, EVS, GrassValley EDIUS,and Grass Valley K2.

Ikegami offers camcorders capable of recording in MXF wrapper using Avid DNxHD video encoding at 145 Mbit/s, as well as MPEG-2 video encoding at 50 Mbit/s 4:2:2 long-GOP and 100 Mbit/s I-frame.

In 2010 Canon released its new lineup of professional file-based camcorders. The recording format used in these camcorders incorporates MPEG-2 video with bitrates up to 50 Mbit/s and 16-bit linear PCM audio in what Canon has called XF codec. Canon claims that its flavor of MXF is fully supported by major NLE systems including Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, and Grass Valley EDIUS.

As you see, MXF videos are not supported well by iMovie. Well, Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) is the most friendly video format of iMovie. So in order to avoid “MXF iMovie importing and editing” issues, you’e better convert your MXF video to iMovie supported video for smooth importing and editing.

So How to Convert MXF to iMovie?

In this passage, Pavtube MXF Converter for Mac is chosen to be recommended as the most reliable MXF to iMovie converter, which is proved by many experts as well as users. With this ideal MXF to iMovie converter, you can successfully import HD MXF, 4K MXF from any camcorders, cameras to iMovie keeping high video quality. In addition, this user-friendly app will serve you with green environment and easy operation.

Besides to convert videos/footages for editing with iMovie, you can also use the program to transcode MXF videos/footages to the best formats for viewing on widescreen TV, uploading to YouTube/Facebook/Vimeo or loading into FCP, Davinci Resolve, Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro CC (2017) etc for smooth video editing. (Read Review)

Now free download this MXF to iMovie Video Converter for Mac

Follow the guide step by step to import MXF videos to iMovie (13) supported video formats.

Step 1. Load videos to the program

click the “File” to load video you plan to import to iMovie the program from your computer. Or you can also directly drag the video files into the program.

Step 2. Choose iMovie format

Choose iMovie/Final Cut Express –> Apple InterMediate Codec (*.mov) as output format by clicking the format bar.

Tip: Click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters including Video size, resolution, bitrate and fame rate and more.

Step 3. Start conversion

After all necessary settings, hit “Convert” button to start transcoding videos to transfer to iMovie for editing. Once the conversion process shows in 100%, click Open to get the output videos. Create a project and start editing in iMovie with ease.

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