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How do i import 4K XAVC S footages from Sony A6300 into iMovie (El Capitan)

Follow this guide to learn how to import Sony A6300 4K XAVC S clips to iMovie(11) without rendering on Mac OS X (El Capitan included).

The Sony a6300 is the company's latest mid-range mirrorless camera. Like the a6000 it still offers 24MP resolution but the autofocus ability, video capability, build quality, viewfinder resolution and price have all been increased. The camera utilizes the XAVC S codec during video shooting, which records at a high bit rate of 100 Mbps7 during 4K recording and 50 Mbps during standard Full HD shooting, ensuring maximum detail and clarity in both video formats.

Many folks are having problems when importing Sony A6300 xavc s videos to iMovie. If you’re in such a situation, you can read on the article to learn more, which mainly shows you how to get Sony A6300 4k footage and iMovie to work beautifully.


I’ve tried to get XAVC S footage from Sony A6300 to work in iMovie. But when I try, it won’t import. The real reason is that iMovie can’t support XAVC S 4K & HD. You may also be troubled by the similar problem. To get rid of the issues, you will need to transcode Sony A6300 XAVC S to Apple InterMediate Codec, a more “edit” friendly codec for iMovie. Now I share the guide with you how to convert Sony A6300 XAVC S footage to iMovie friendly format using Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.

With it, you can effortlessly encode/re-encode XAVC S footage shot from Sony A6300 for smoothly importing and editing in various non-linear editing systems (NLE), including iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer and more. Just download it and keep reading for a brief how-to on each process.

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

Converting Sony A6300 4K XAVC S for Editing in iMovie

Step 1: Import XAVC S videos

Install and run the XAVC S Converter on your Mac, then run it. Click on "Add", and browse your files; select all the XAVC S files you wanna convert. If you want to combine all the files together for easy importing to iMovie, please tick the box "Merge into one" on the main interface.

Step 2: Choose iMovie friendly format

Hit the Format box to select the specially designed video codec for editing in iMovie: iMovie/FCE --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov).

Step 3: Video/Audio settings (Optional)

Adjust the video and parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface.

Step 4: Start Sony A6300 4K XAVC S to iMovie conversion

Click the arrow button to start transcoding A6300 XAVC S to AIC .mov for iMovie immediately.

After the conversion finished, you can easily transfer your 4K XAVC S footages to iMovie for further editing without any problem.

Additional Tips:

If you want to make your Sony A6300 XAVC S files editable in Final Cut Pro, FCE, Adobe Premiere, Avid Media Composer, etc, the Mac XAVC S Converter will also be a great choice for you. Choose a proper output format like "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" for FCP X/7 in the second step.

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