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Edit AJA Cion 4k video clips in iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer-CION 4k ProRes to iMovie/FCE/Avid

June 29, 2015

Most editing programs including Avid Media Composer, iMoive still use 1080p as primary delivery format and will continue to do so for a long time, so you will find it’s a painful experience to import and edit AJA Cion 4K ProRes footage in iMovie, FCE, Avid MC. If you want to have a smooth AJA Cion 4K video workflow, you are advised to convet Cion 4K video to iMovie/FCE, Avid Media Composer native supported format first with proper video settings.

The AJA Cion’s sensor has some great technical features. It is a 4:3 APS-C sized global shutter sensor that upon closer inspection had a striking resemblance to the sensor we find in the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K (We do not claim it is the same sensor). The sensor also performs very similarly in terms of lowlight and dynamic range. More on that later.

*Global shutter CMOS sensor
*4K pixel readout
*22.5mm x 17mm 4:3 APS-C sized sensor (a little smaller than super35)

Recording Formats:
The camera records in the ProRes format. This is fantastic, a great recording format, easy to edit.
Additionally the Cion does 120fps RAW via the 4 SDI ouputs on the back. This didn’t work with the Atomos Shogun in our tests.

*Apple ProRes 4444 (up to 30fps) 12-bit
*Apple ProRes 422 (up to 60fps) 10-bit
*RAW externally (up to 120fps)

Does iMovie/FCE or Avid MC support the 4K videos from AJA Cion 4K? Well, as far as I know iMovie/FCE and Avid all can't support 4K like most popular applications. It is mainly because of the ultra high video resolution and the format compatibility problems. If users want an easy and affordable editing solution, it is quite necessary to convert AJA Cion 4K footage to AIC .mov(1080p would be the best settings.) for iMovie, Avid DNxHD for Avid MC editing.



The following guide tells you how to convert AJA Cion 4K ProRes for use in iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer

My main workflow is based on rewrapping and converting AJA CION footage to a more "editable" format in 1080p with Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a professional 4K Video Converter.

Overall, this program is a completely professional Mac 4K video converter, player and editor. Unlike some free video converters, it provides hundreds of output format presets for 4K videos, such as Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 4444 for Final Cut Pro, AIC MOV for FCE (Final Cut Express) and iMovie, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer for better editing and playing. This Ultra HD Video Converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size the users want. Thus, with the video converter app, you can fast transcode AJA Cion 4K ProRes video to iMovie, FCE, Avid friendly format with ease.

Download AJA Cion 4K Video Converter Mac

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Step 1: Load the 4K videos to the program

Download and install the 4K Video Converter, and then import the source 4K videos to it. To do so, you can directly drag & drop the files onto the main interface, or you can click the "Add" icon to locate the videos from your local disk. Note that batch conversion is supported, so you can add several files to the converter at one time.



Step 2. Set Output Format

Click "format" bar to choose the output format. You can freely choose iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov) for working with iMovie/FCE, or Avid Media Composer->Avid DNxHD(*.mov) for Avid.





Step 3: Converting Cion ProRes video files to iMovie/FCE/Avid
Hit the Convert button to start the conversion; it will convert AJA Cion 4K ProRes to iMovie/FCE/Avid friendly format on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, you can transfer the converted AJA Cionvideos to Mac for further editing with iMovie, FCE, Avid MC 5/6/7 smoothly.

P.S. If you record 4K files with AJA CION and meet troubles in editing AJA CION 4K in FCP, Adobe Premiere Pro, this Panasonic 4K Converter can be also used to transcode AJA Cion 4k ProRes to 1080p ProRes for FCP 6/7, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, etc which ensures a smooth workflow.

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