Failed to read Sony PXW-Z450 MXF files in Apple iMovie natively? Converting PXW-Z450 MXF footage to Apple InterMediate Codec encoded QuickTime MOV format would be a sensible solution. In this tutorial, we guide you through the process of converting Sony PXW-Z450 MXF files to iMovie editing-friendly AIC .mov format. Just read on to learn the detail.
“Why iMovie refused loading MXF files from my Sony PXW-Z450 on High Sierra that it should open? I hope it is a bug, because now I have an awful lot of projects based on Sony PXW-Z450 MXF files which are unusable (black screen, no sound) and I have no intention of purchasing Final Cut Pro X just to make simple edits. Any ideas?”
The PXW-Z450 records 4K QFHD (3840×2160) at 50p/59.94p, with 4K Slow and Quick motion up to 59.94p*, as well as a variety of HD formats including XAVC Intra, XAVC Long GOP, MPEG HD 422 and MPEG HD 420. The Z450 can record and output not only SDR but also HDR pictures as Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and S-Log3 with BT.2020 color space*.
You can re-encode your Sony PXW-Z450 MXF files to AIC .mov format for use in iMovie fluently. The Acrok MXF Converter for Mac below will do this in simple steps.
Free download Acrok MXF Converter for Mac
Step 1: Add MXF videos into Acrok software
Step 1: Click “Add File” to load Sony PXW-Z450 MXF video files into this program.
Step 2: Select output format for iMovie
Click “Format” to select “iMovie and Final Cut Express” > “Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” as output format. AIC .mov is iMovie’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie will read and handle well.
If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also click “Edit” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Step 3: Start video conversion.
As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open” to get the generated AIC .mov files for editing in iMovie with optimum performance. Hope it helps.
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