Sony 4K to Quicktime MOV-XAVC/XAVC-S to Quicktime MOV for Editing on Mac

QuickTime player doesn’t play 4K Sony XAVC/XAVC-S videos – read this article to find the best solution.

“A problem arose when I tried to import XAVC S files into FCP 7. It won’t work… at all. I’ve done some tests looking for a (free) conversion software for XAVC-S to QuickTime .mov. I tried some native Mac apps like Compressor, MPEG Streamclip, and Toast. None worked. The sample I did my test was from the Sony AS100V. Anyone have any other solutions? ”

The reason many editors do not allow importation of 4K XAVC, XAVC S video for editing is that they do not support 4K video file format for import by time-line oriented video editing software. Consequently, for native importation of Sony 4K XAVC/XAVC-S video, it is highly advisable to first convert XAVC/XAVC-S video format to Mac with appropriate codec Quicktime MOV for editing application.

Searched high and low, some guys gave me some clues:

1. FFmpeg should be able to remux from XAVC-S .mp4 to .mov with no transcoding necessary. I’ve tried yet, it imports my xavc-s videos, but it takes more time than its worth. I’d gvie up the way.

2. Brorsoft XAVC Converter for Mac, a top Sony XAVC(S) to MOV converter app

It’s a professional yet decent Mac XAVC to MOV Converter which can help you transcode Sony XAVC or XAVC-S to QuickTime .MOV with several simple steps. Just do some clicks on your mouse with your finger, you can easily convert .xavc files to .mov on Mac and then preview .xavc video with QuickTime or import XAVC video into FCP, iMovie, Avid Media Composer for editing on Mac. Besides, it allows you to do some premiere editing work on Mac before transcoding like cropping, trimming, adding watermark, etc. Overall, the Mac XAVC Converter must be your best choice. You can do action with all .xavc/.xavc s files at anytime anywhere now! For Mac users, please get XAVC converter. Just download it and follow below steps to convert XAVC(S) files to MOV now.

Guide: Transcode Sony XAVC(S) to QuickTime .MOV

Note that the guide below uses video converter for Mac screenshot. The way to finish XAVC to MOV conversion on Windows is almost the same. Just make sure you’ve downloaded the right version.

Step 1: Add source videos

Install the program on Mac and run it. Drag the XAVC/XAVC S files to the software. Or you can also click “Add” button on the top of the main interface to import video to the program.

Step 2: Choose MOV as output format

Click format to choose Common Video > MOV-QuickTime(*mov) profile in the drop-down menu. If you want to edit Sony XAVC (S) file in FCP, suggest you choose Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422(*mov). And for editing in iMovie/FCE, you can choose iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*mov).

Step 3: Start XAVC(S) to MOV conversion

Click “convert” to start converting Sony XAVC/XAVC S to MOV on Mac. After conversion, you can play or edit XAVC(S) clips in QuickTime/FCP/FCE/iMovie/Avid without problem.

Additional Tips:

1. Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.

2. Besides transcoding XAVC to MOV, this XAVC(S) to MOV Converter also support converting XAVC/XAVC S file to various video formats like AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV and converting XAVC to various devices like iPad, iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Apple TV 3, etc.

See also:
XAVC (S) Format Extension Details and Tips
Stream Tivo to Plex Media Sever with H.264 MP4
How to Import XAVC S to Windows Movie Maker
How to transcode XAVC files to MOV on Mac OS X
Sony XAVC codec to Avid Media Composer workflow
How to Import Sony A7S XAVC S to Avid MC for Editing
Importing Sony PXW-FS7 XAVC into iMovie (iMovie 11)
Transcoding Canon C300 MXF video to Adobe After Effects
Transocde P2 MXF clips from Panasonic AJ- HPX2000 to ProRes for FCP

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