If you are searching the workflow on how to make it smoothly when importing Sony a77 MkII AVCHD/H.264 MP4 footage to iMovie or FCE for editing, the page here can show you a wonderful workaround to work with Sony Alpha A77 ii files and iMovie/FCE together well. Would you like to join us to have a try?
Sony has announced the SLT-A77 II which, as the name implies, is an overhaul of its semi-pro APS-C camera from 2011. The camera itself looks interesting, but so do some of the things it could be taken to signify. Full HD 1080i/p video recording is supported at both 60 and 24 fps frame rates to produce high resolution movies with a smooth, cinematic look. Full HD videos are recorded using the high-quality AVCHD codec, while 1440 x 1080, 1280 x 720, and 640 x 480 formats are also supported in the Internet-friendly MP4 format.
You may have got some AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))recordings shot by Sony Alpha a77 Mark II and are looking for a best workflow for importing the AVCHD/MP4 footage into iMovie to produce optimized videos.
We find one similar issue that Sony users experienced while trying to edit some Sony AVCHD/MP4 video files in iMovie is that the importing process is very slow and the program even crashed. As far as we know, the files on the Sony A77 II are h.264 .mp4 and 1080p AVCHD files. The H.264 compression format and AVCHD mts files are required to be converted into a format(Apple InterMediate Codec in usual) better suited to editing, effects, and color grading. So, to bring your Sony A77 ii AVCHD/MP4 into iMovie 08/09 or iMovie '11 for smoothly editing on Mac, you'd better to convert Sony AVCHD/MP4 files to AIC for iMovie. Along with some help from Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, it can be done flawlessly.
This program is an easy-to-use yet professional Sony AVCHD/MP4(H.264) Converter for Mac users. It's capable of transcoding all cameras video files to video editing software highly compatible file types, i.e. ProRes for FCP, AIC for iMoive/FCE, DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere Pro, etc. With it, you can have a good experience of importing and editing Sony A77 Mk II Video files within iMovie 9/10/11 as fast and seamless as possible. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time. Below is a brief guide for you.
Free download Sony AVCHD/MP4 Converter:
(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)
Guide: Transcoding Sony Alpha A77 MkII AVCHD/MP4 videos to Apple Intermediate Codec for iMovie/FCE
STEP 1: Import Sony Alpha camera videos
Install and run the H.264 MP4/1080P AVCHD to iMovie Converter, then run it. Click on “Add”, and browse your files; select all the Sony A77 Mark ii video 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: Click "Format" and you will get a dropdown menu; move your pointer to iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) which is the best compatible video format you need for iMovie. By the way, you can set the output folder by clicking "Browse" icon as you need.
Step 3: Click the "Settings" icon to make the best settings for editing Sony MTS/M2TS/MP4 in iMovie/FCE on Mac. You can set the video frame rate as 30fps(25fps for 1080 50p videos), video size as 1920*1080 to keep the best output quality.
STEP 4: Start AVCHD/MP4 to MOV conversion on Mac
Click the arrow button to start transcoding Sony A77 ii AVCHD/MP4 to AIC for iMovie, FCE immediately on Mac OS X.
This conversion process will finish soon. Afterwards, click the "Open" button to locate the output files and import to iMovie/FCE program. In this way, you can easily transfer and edit your Sony Alpha A77 ii video files in iMovie/FCE smoothly.
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