Ingest Sony HDR AS15 mp4 clips to edit with iMovie/FCE

Summary: This guide will show you how to ingest mp4 movies from Sony HDR-AS15 and edit them in iMovie/FCE quickly and easily on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

I picked up the Sony HDR-AS15 and this was my first test edit of the new 120FPS slow motion feature. It records in overrun fashion, so your footage is natively slow motion living on a 720p 30FPS MP4 clip with MPEG4-AVC/H.264 codec. I am impressed with this camera’s ease of use, battery life, cost, and slow motion feature. Now I need to convert the MP4 footage from Sony HDR-AS15 to DVCPROHD 720p60fps and edited with that iMovie/FCE sequence setting. No speed changes,color grading or filters.

For Sony AS15 users, they may have problems when they want to importing Sony HDR-AS15 MP4 video to iMovie/FCE, the incompatibility issues lies in the unsupported MP4 format and MPEG-4/H.264 codec. As we know, for iMovie/FCE, the best codec is Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC), if you transcode Sony HDR-AS15 MP4 footage to AIC, you can edit MP4 video in iMovie/FCE without rendering.

Recommended software:

Pavtube MP4 Video Converter for Mac

Main features: This software is top Video Converter for Mac that can transcode MP4 files from Sony HDR-AS15 to Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC), Apple ProRes 422 codec, DNxHD codec, etc for editing in iMovie, FCE, Avid, Adobe, and Final Cut Pro on Mac (Mavericks 10.9 included) easily without any issue. These output formats are specially presetted, so the conversion quality is guaranteed, you can get lossless video conversion with this tool.

Here is step by step guide: Convert Sony HDR-AS15 MP4 file to AIC for iMovie/FCE.

Step 1. Connect Sony AS15 to Apple computer via USB cable,then copy and transfer the .mp4 video clips from camera to the Apple hard drive disk.

Step 2. Download Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac. Install and launch the easy-to-use and professional MP4 to AIC Converter, click "Add video" or "Add from folder" button to load .mp4 videos. You may also directly drag and drop the MP4 video to application UI for importing files.

Tips: You can joint multiple MP4 files on to one output file by checking Merge into one file on the interface.

Step 3. Click "Format" bar to choose the output format. If you want to edit MP4 in iMovie/FCE, please choose iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov). This is best format for iMovie/FCE editing on Mac, once converted, you won't need to render.

Step 4. You can click “settings” to customize the output parameters, adjust the resolution, bitrate as you want.

Step 5. Click convert button to start converting Sony HDR-AS15 MP4 clips to AIC MOV for imovie/FCE editing.

After the Mac MP4 video conversion, you can import the converted footages to iMovie or FCE for editing smoothly on Mac.

See also:

Import Sony CyberShot DSC-HX200V MTS to FCP
Get MTS videos from Sony HDR-CX210 to iMovie

Work with Sony FS700 50/60p mts footage in Avid MC

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Comments: 16
  • #1

    fabriceharveynew (Monday, 17 March 2014 02:58)

    Technically, iMovie does import MP4 video. However, iMovie only import MP4 files that are encoded with MPEG4/AAC or H.264/AAC data. And yet, MP4 is a video container format that may contain various audio and video codec (and sometimes even subtitle streams included). If the MP4 file is not encoded with iMovie support codec, iMovie will refuse to import this kind of MP4 video.

    In order to successfully import all kinds of MP4 files to iMovie, a recommended solution is to convert iMovie unrecognized MP4 to iMovie supported video format.

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