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Transcode/Downscale 4K MP4/MOV/MXF for iMovie editing

Summary: Have issues when importing MXF/MP4/MOV files in 4K to iMovie? Just follow this simple guide, which will quickly walk you through how to edit 4K MXF/MP4/MOV in iMovie '11/9/8 smoothly.

If you have some 4K camcorders like Red Epic, Blackmagic 4K, Panasonic GH4, GoPro Hero 3/Hero 4, Sony FS7, etc, you may obtain many 4K video clips. When you wanna import 4K to iMovie for further editing, you will probably got some issues like program crashed, black viewer screen, no audio track... So, what's the available workflow for different 4K videos(MXF/MOV/MP4) in iMovie? Okay. This article will present you how to work 4K MXF/MOV/MP4 files in iMovie flawlessly in detail.

As far as we know, the basic reason why we can’t import and edit 4K videos in iMovie is because currently 4K still cannot be well supported by iMovie. And due to the format compatibility problems, it is hard to handle 4K videos in iMovie. After multiple testing, we found an ultimate solution is to downscale 4K to 1080p and convert MXF/MP4/MOV to Apple InterMediate codec which ensures the best results when working with iMovie.

How to Convert 4K MP4/MOV/MXF for Editing in iMovie Smoothly

First download and install Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, an easy-to-use yet professional Mac 4K Video Converter, which is the most ideal choice for you. Developed with the most advanced converting technology, this 4K video converter truly and fully supports input and output videos at upto 4K resolution. With it, you can effortlessly transcode any 4K videos to Apple InterMediate codec with 1080p settings for using in iMovie. Besides, the program also supports more professional encoders, ProRes, DNxHD, MPEG-2, ensuring the best results when editing with Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, etc. Plus, this 4K Video Converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size like 1080p, 2K, 4K as users want. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Step 1: Add 4K videos

Install and launch the 4K to iMovie Converter, and then click "Add Files" button to import your 4K mp4, mov, mxf to the software.

Step 2: Choose output format

Click the Format column to select output format "iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)" as the best compatible video format for editing 4K in iMovie.

Tip: Advanced Settings You can click the “Settings” button and customize proper video/audio parameters if necessary. Video size, bitrate and fame rate are flexible and can be adjusted as you like. As far as I know iMovie like many editors use 1080p as primary delivery format, so 1080p would be the best settings. You can downscale 4K to 1080p by adjusting the video resolution.

Step 3: Start 4K video to AIC .mov conversion

Hit the convert button to start transcoding 4K MOV/MP4/MXF to iMovie on Mac OS X(Mavericks/Yosemite included). After the conversion, click Open to get the output videos. Launch iMovie and start your project.

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Can Avid Media Composer ingest 4K MXF/MOV/MP4 files?

To import source 4k videos to the Avid Media Composer , you need to convert the 4K MXF/MOV/MP4 footages to Avid DNxHD codec MOV format, which means you need some professional 4K MXF/MOV/MP4 to Avid Media Composer converter to help you realize the video importing process.Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is your best choic, keep reading...

"4K" has become the hottest word in the digital photography and video field in recent years. Lots of 4K products such as 4K camcorders(Blackmagic 4K, Panasonic GH4, Sony FDR AX1/AX100...), 4K TVs, 4K movies are springing up. However, format compatibility issue is quite common in the video world, which is also true to the stunning 4K.

You will be wondering what to expect in terms of 4K support in Avid, since it seems like everything is shooting 4K these days. Although Media Composer has already had 4K and "high-resolution" (i.e., higher-than-4K) support via Avid Media Access (AMA) in previous versions and now the 4K to Avid Media Composer workflow has been even improved in Media Composer 8. Whereas, there's actually no way to edit a 4K project natively with Avid.

To prepare 4K footage for Avid, the easy option is to convert 4K MP4/MOV/MXF to Avid Media Composer supported DNxHD in 1080p settings. Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is a professional tool that can deal with 4K videos regardless in .MP4, .MXF, .MOV format to DNxHD for Avid Media Composer editing without quality loss. It also enables you to customize the output resolutions to any size like 1080p, 2K, 4K as you need. Besides Avid, this 4K video converter can also encode/re-encode 4K files for smoothly importing and editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Final Cut Express and more non-linear editing systems (NLE). For Windows users, you can turn to Video Converter.

Now just download the program and follow the below guide to convert 4K MXF/MOV/MP4 for playing and editing in Avid Media Composer perfectly.

Step 1: Load 4K videos

First and foremost, download and launch the 4K Video Converter on your Mac. Then, press the "Add" button to add 4K video file into the program. Batch conversion is supported, so you can add several files to the converter at one time.

Step 2: Choose Avid compatible format

To encode 4K files to Avid Media Composer, choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov) as the target format.

Tip: You can click "Settings" to fix the frame rate, bitrate, video size, etc to your needs, that you can play and edit 4K movies in Avid easily. Generally, 1080p video size is good for Avid MC editing.

Step 3: Convert 4K to Avid Media Composer

Click the convert button under the preview window, this 4K to Avid converter will start encoding 4K video for Avid Media Composer.

After the conversion, click the “Open” button to locate converted files, and then you can load the converted 4K MXF/MP4/MOV files into Avid Media Composer 5/6/7/8 for editing smoothly with the best quality.

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HEVC to MPEG-2 Editing - Convert H.265 to Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5/CS4 on Mac OS X for Free Trial

The article is the very one working on the H.265 to Adobe Premiere CC/CS6/CS5/CS4 Mac conversion. It would show you the most efficient and easiest solution by using a professional Video Converter for Mac which has optimized preset for Premiere. The Mac job would be finished with only 4 clicks without losing video quality.

H.265 - High Efficiency Video Coding

HEVC is a new codec that has been growing in popularity since it’s recent unveil. It has proven to be faster and much more efficient than H.264 and in a few years there’s a good chance we’re all going to be using it. Here are a few things you need to know about HEVC:

1. High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is a video compression format that succeeds H.264 and AVCHD.
2. HEVC is also known as H.265.
3. It can support 4k resolutions up to 8192 x 4320.
4. Netflix will begin using HEVC to stream 4k content later this year.
5. Amazon is shooting it’s original programming in HEVC 4k (a) for online streaming.
6. Broadcast companies won’t be able to stream HEVC 4K content for a several years.
7. File sizes are about 50% smaller using H.265 than using H.264.
8. Recent studies say (b) HEVC is visually superior than H264.
9. A download speed of 15Mbps is recommended to stream HEVC 4K content (c).
10.You can try encoding in HVEC today by downloading the free DivX encoding software.

Well, we can easily conclude that HEVC (H.265) videos are better than H.264 files. It also seems that it is not so friendly with players and editing tools on Windows&Mac. So if you want to edit/play HEVC (H.265) videos on Windows or Mac, you need to find a professional converter to transcode it first.

The following pages, i will show you a simple guide to help you editing H.265 Footage in Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5 natively with the help of Brorsoft Video Converter Mac .

This tool is a professional third party program to deal with HEVC (H.265) videos, you not only can reformt HEVC (H.265) videos to AVI, WMV, MOV, MP4, for eadily playing, but also can convert HEVC (H.265) files to the editing tools with professional codec, like MPEG for Premiere, DNxHD for Avid, .etc.

Tip: For Windows users, Brorsoft Video Converter is specially designed for dealing with HEVC (H.265) for playing and editing on Windows (Windows 8.1, Windows 10 included)

Download the best H.265 converter:

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Convert H.265/HEVC files to Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 1: Load H.265 videos to the program

Install and run the best H.265 to Premiere Pro converter and transfer your 4K H.265 recordings to the program no matter directly from a camera or from hard drive.

Step 2. Set output format

Click "Format" menu firstly and then follow "Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas" to set MPEG-2 as the output format.

Step 3. Profile Settings

In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click "Settings" button and enter "Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. This H.265 converter app can maintain original 4K resolution for you if you need or downscale 4K to 1080p.

Step 4. Start converting H.265 to MPG

Click the "Convert" button; it would start transcoding H.265 to MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro immediately. After conversion, tap "Open" icon in the main interface to locate result video. Launch Adobe program to import converted H.265 footage to Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6/CS5 with easy editing.

Additional Tips:

Besides Adobe PP, this H.265 converter for Mac can also support converting H.265 files to Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Avid Media Composer, etc NLEs. What’s more, if you want to play H.265 videos in iTunes, QuickTime, VLC Media Player, this program is also the right app to help you convert and generate the optimal formats. Just choose a proper output format in the second step.

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Convert DNxHD to ProRes on Mac(Yosmite/Mavericks)

Summary: Wanna an easy way to transcode DNxHD to Apple ProRes for easier playing and editing in Final Cut Pro? Read this article below and you will how to.

I was given a Full HD .mov in Avid DNxHD for post-production in Apple Final Cut Pro. But the problem is when I import DNxHD files to FCP, some troubles like choke, white screen, no audio, etc occurred. The basic reason is that Avid DNxHD is not completely native to FCP. As what I’ve figured out, if we intend to use DNxHD videos in FCP, we need convert DNxHD to ProRes. This article will present a step-by-step guide for you.

So, is there a tool that does a good job of converting DNxHD to Apple ProRes format. After searching further and widely, I found Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac can do the job well and bring me the best result. With it, you can easily convert all DNxHD files to ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or 4444 for using in Final Cut Pro X/7/6. Besides, the Mac video converter can convert MKV, AVI, WMV, MPG, VOB for editing in Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, iMovie, Avid MC, Adobe Premiere Pro etc. Some simple video editing functions like trim, crop, watermark are also provided for you. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to convert Avid DNxHD to Apple ProRes for FCP.

Transcode DNxHD to ProRes 422, 4444 for Final Cut Pro

1. Download, install and run the DNxHD to ProRes Converter; click "Add Videos" icon to load your source DNxHD .mov files.

2. Click “Format” bar and choose “Final Cut Pro >> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format for editing XAVC in FCP with natively supported video codec.

3. Click the Settings icon if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

4. Hit the convert button, it will start converting DNxHD .mov to ProRes .mov for importing to Final Cut Pro 6/7 and FCP X immediately. Soon after the conversion, just click “Open” button to get the generated files for natively editing in Final Cut Pro perfectly.

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How to Transcode Sony PMW-F55 4K XAVC to Avid DNxHD for Avid Media Composer

Recommend a smart video conversion tool to transcode Sony F55 4K XAVC to Avid DNxHD for smoothly editing in Avid MC. Plus, it is simple to download and safe to install. Just get one and try it out now.

Avid Media Composer is non-linear editing system. The program allows you for film editing, uncompressed standard definition (SD) video and high definition (HD) editing and finishing. I've been researching possible workflows for Sony F55 and Avid Media Composer, as I will work with the Sony F55 footage. As you know, Sony PMW-F55 is a professional-grade camera with an 8.9-megapixel 4K-enabled image sensor. With Sony F55, you can record Full HD XAVC clips 240fps RAW 2k and 60fps RAW 4K recoding onto the AXS-R5. However, I found many users complained the problems when trying to edit Sony F55 XAVC footage in Avid.

To avoid these problems or limit, it will be better to transcode Sony F55 footage to a more editing-friendly format, such a Avid Media Composer's DNxHD.

Brorsoft 4K Video Converter for Mac is now providing the most reliable and professional 4K solutions to all format issues including 4K XAVC/XAVC S, 4K MP4, 4K MOV, 4K MXF and more.

It provides hundreds of output format presets for 4K videos, such as DNxHD for Avid, Apple ProRes for Final Cut Pro, Apple InterMediate Codec for iMovie, MPEG-2 for Adobe Premiere. Besides, this 4K converter is also available to customize the output resolutions to any size like 1080p, 2K, 4K as users want. If you are working on Windows(Windows 10 included), please turn to Brorsoft Video Converter. Download the tool and start the 4K to Avid video conversion.

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(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5) Convert Sony F55 4K XAVC video to DNxHD for editing in Avid Media Composer

1. Load Source 4K XAVC Video Files

First and foremost, download and launch the 4K Video Converter on your Mac. Then, press the "Add" button to add PMW-F55 4K XAVC video file into the program. Batch conversion is supported, so you can add several files to the converter at one time.

Step 2: Click Format preset and choose Avid Media Composer -> Avid DNxHD (*.mov)” as the best video format for editing Sony XAVC in Avid as well as good video quality.

Tip: You can also click Settings to fix the frame rate, bitrate, audio and video quality to your needs.

Step 3: Hit "Convert" button to start Sony F55 XAVC to DNxHD .mov conversion. You can follow the conversion process from the pop-up windows.

After the conversion, you can import the converted Sony F55 files to Avid Media Composer (5.5/6.0/6.5) for smooth playback and editing. No more worries about the Sony F55 incompatibility with Avid Media Composer.

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Nexus 9 Video Playback Tip-Add and Play AVI/VOB/MKV on Nexus 9 with friendly format

Wanna to play MKV, AVI, VOB videos on Google Nexus 9 ? If so, you may need to convert these videos Nexus 9 supported video format first. Learn the step-by-step guide on converting MKV/AVI/VOB to Nexus 9.

Just got my Nexus 9 tablet for days. I want to put a bunch of AVI, VOB, MKV movies on Nexus 9[/b], but having a problem since a few of them won't play. I got some tech support for Nexus 9 video playback and know that AVI, MKV, VOB are not native supported formats by Nexus 9 tablet. So, to add AVI/MKV/VOB to Nexus 9 for smooth playback, you’d better to convert these files to a favorite MP4 video for Nexus 9 with the best video codec, frame rate and video resolution.

Based on other users’ suggestion and my testing, I applied the smart video convert tool- Brorsoft Video Converter to do the conversion task. What impressed me the most about my experience is that this video converter provides the built-in output profiles for Google Nexus tablet, making the conversion task much easier. With it, you can fast convert MKV, AVI, VOB to Nexus 9 friendly format without any quality loss. The input files also support WMV, FLV, MTS, MPG, TiVo, 3GP, MOV, etc. Everything makes me satisfied. For Mac users, please get Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. Just follow the guide below.

How to Convert AVI/MKV/VOB for playback with Nexus 9

Step 1: Download and install the best Nexus 9 Video Converter and run it to import your AVI, MKV, VOB movie files. To join several videos into one, check off the “Merge into one” box.

Step 2: Choose a proper output video format for Google Nexus 9 by clicking Format bar. The video preset under Android> Google Nexus 10 H.264 Video(*.mp4) could fit on Nexus 9. Then you can click "Settings" to edit output parameters like resolution, frame rate, encoder, etc. as you like.

Step 3: Tap the Convert button to start converting AVI/VOB/MKV to Nexus 9 MP4. When the conversion ends, you will be able to import and play MKV, VOB, AVI files on Nexus 9 with the best quality.

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Panasonic HC-V720 and FCP X-Convert PA V720 MTS to ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro 7/X on Mac (Yosemite)

If you are puzzeled with the problem that you can't edit your MTS footage from Panasonic HC-V720 in Final Cut Pro X, you’d better transcode your PA V720 AVCHD files first to resolve the incompatible problem.This article shows you how to convert Panasonic HC-V720 camcorder MTS files to MOV in Mac OS X for Final Cut Pro 6/7/X. Follow it to convert PA V720 footage to FCP with ease!

The Panasonic HC-V720 (specs) is a little lower in the lineup, but offers similar functionality with a new 50x optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization, built-in WiFi, 20.4-megapixel still picture capture, and a 3-inch touchscreen LCD. When you got some V720 footage, you may want to import HC-V720 1080 50p AVCHD to FCP or other Mac tools for editing to get a better effect video.

The only problem we are facing is that how can we import that kind of footages into your Final Cut products. We found that Apple does not provide native support for 1080 60p, 50p AVCHD video. So it is difficult for these camcorder users to edit Panasonic HC-V720 footage in FCP (X). Well, don’t’ worry. Here I will introduce one cool tool to you to help you import Panasonic HC-V720.mts to FCP X, FCP 6, 7.

Download and install Brorsoft MTS Converter for Mac

This professional app helps you import native 1080p AVHCD footage(2D, 3D as well) and export Apple ProRes 422 encoded .mov video, which can be imported to Final Cut Pro 7 and X without rendering. Plus, this Mac MTS Converter also provides optimal presets for iMovie, FCE, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc, ensuring smooth editing with different video editing programs on Mac OS X (Yosemite & Mavericks).

How to convert Panasonic Panasonic HC-V720 footage into FCP

1. You need to download, install and run the smart MTS to ProRes Converter Mac and transfer your MTS recordings to the program from the camcorder.

2. Click “Format” bar and set “Final Cut Pro >> Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” format. If you prefer smaller file size, please choose “Apple ProRes 422 (LT) (*.mov)” instead.

Tip: You also can click “Settings” to set video frame rate, video size and Video Bitrate as you want.

3. As soon as all things are finished, please click “Convert” button to start the 1080 60p/50p MTS conversion on Mac. When conversion finishes, press “Open” button to get converted MOV video for FCP.

4. Open Final Cut Pro, and go to “File>>Import>>Files…” to import converted MTS footage to FCP project. You can get a smooth workflow.

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