Convert Sony DCR-SR21E/B MPEG-2 videos to QuickTime MOV on Mac for playback

Record every moment of your life for posterity with this video player. The Sony DCR-SX21E is a standard definition camcorder that brings together style and technology for a power-packed performance. Ideal for everyday video shooting, the DCR-SX21E has an advanced Hole Accumulation Diode or HAD CCD image sensor that produces videos with dramatic color and life. The Sony imaging processor delivers high speed shooting that will impress your family and friends.

The DCR-SX21E supports MPEG2 file format during video recording, which can even be watched on a laptop or computer. The built-in zoom microphone focuses on the subjects even when they are far off, delivering crystal clear audio tracks to accompany your videos. The electrical SteadyShot image stabilization system ensures that all your videos are always blur-free by compensating for handshake internally.

To watch your favorite memories recorded by Sony DCR-SX21E on Mac, the apple QuickTime may be your first choice. AS these files were recorded as MPEG-2 fomrat which is not on the QT support video list. As a result, QuickTime Player will not recognize Sony DCR-SX21E MPEG-2 files and will not import them. You will get an error when importing and if so, how to fix it?

In order to play Sony DCR-SX21E MPEG-2 recordings with QuickTime, the MPEG-2 footage needs to be converted to movie files that is accepted by QuickTime on Mac, among the candidates mov is a nice choice.

Software you need:

 HD Video Converter for Mac

The best video converter for quicktime to convert Sony DCR-SX21E MPEG-2 video to QuickTime MOV for playback on Mac OS X, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion. This best workflow is able to keep the file size low and keep the video quality up. Now get the full step-by-step guide below: 

Step 1. Install and launch the best MPEG-2 to QuickTime Converter for Mac, click top left two icons to load individual videos or load the entire folder. 

  • If you want, you can merge several MPEG-2 clips by ticking "Merge into one file" box. 
  • If the supposed size of the input files is 1GB, then the memory space should be up to 40GB. 

Step 2. Click "Format" and choose Common Video> MOV-QuickTime(*.mov) as the best video format for playing Sony MPEG-2 footage on QuickTime.

Tips: Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac can also convert all kind of video files to FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Avid Xpress Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, DaVinci Resolve or Apple Aperture 3 compatible video format for editing.

For FCP and Aperture 3: Click and choose "Final Cut Pro -> Apple ProRes 422(*.mov)" as the output format. FCP 6 only can support ProRes 422 and ProRes 422(HQ) codec.


For iMovie and FCE: Click and choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)" as the output format.

For Avid Media Composer and Xpress Pro: Click and choose "Avid Media Composer ->Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" as the best output codec.

For Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects: Click "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas", choose "MPEG-2 (*.mov)" or "MOV(AVC)(*mov)" or "WMV (VC-1)(*.wmv)" as the best video format.

Step 3. Optional - You can also click "Settings" to change the output video bitrate, frame rate, size, etc. all according to your needs.

Step 4. When everything is done, click the "Convert" button at the bottom-right corner to finish the Sony DCR-SX21E MPEG-2 recordings to QuickTime MOV conversion. While you wait, have a coffee or take a nap and let Video Converter do the work in the background.

After conversion, you can click "Open" to find the output quicktime mov file, then you can transfer the video files to QuickTime Player for playback smoothly.

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