Sony α7S II is able to shoot 4K recordings. As we know, 4K recording has a very high quality with a quite large file size. So in order to store and transfer 4K recordings more efficiently, XAVC codec was invented. Yeah, the 4K recording shot by Sony α7S II is encoded as XAVC codec. If you find you can’t import and edit Sony α7S II 4K recordings in iMovie, the first thing we should check is what codecs and file formats iMovie supports.
From Apple official forum(page), we can see which codecs and video formats iMovie supports.
You can see XAVC codec isn’t in the list, so you failing to edit Sony α7S II 4K recordings in iMovie won’t be surprising. In order that you can import and edit Sony α7S II 4K videos in iMovie, I would suggest you to transcode Sony α7S II XAVC 4K files to Apple InterMediate Codec which is the most suitable codec for iMovie.
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How to Edit Sony α7S II 4K Recordings in iMovie
Step 1. Open the iMovie Assistant, and click "Add Video" or "Add from folder" button to browse and choose Sony α7S II 4K recordings or folder.
Step 2. In this step, click on the format bar and follow "iMovie and Final Cut Express" to choose "Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)".
Step 3.(Only for advanced users) Click "Settings" to open “Profile Settings” window. Many parameters like bit rate, channels, and frame rate are adjustable here.
Step 4. When the preparations are done, click the "Convert" button in the main UI to start the conversion. Once the Sony α7S II 4K recording to Apple InterMediate Codec conversion is finished, you are able to import and edit Sony α7S II 4K recordings in iMovie with no problem. Enjoy!
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