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View Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF files in iMovie 11 on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

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Equipped with three 1/2" Full HD 1920 x 1080 Exmor CMOS sensors, which support 1000 TV1 high resolution, F11 (2000 lx) high sensitivity, low 56dB noise and a wide dynamic range, the Sony PMW-200 XDCAM HD422 Camcorder is the successor to Sony's well respected PMW-EX1/R camcorder. The PMW-200 supports both UDF and FAT file format modes. With dual ExpressCard SxS memory card slots and high-speed XDCAM HD422 workflow, you can achieve up to four hours of 50 Mbps MPEG HD422 recording. That means you can record 1920x1080 Full HD video at up to 50Mbps in the UDF/MXF recording mode.

However, if you want to edit the MXF files from Sony PMW-200, you may find the Full HD MXF files are hard to be recognized by most editing systems on Mac, including iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Avid, FCE, etc. To view Sony XDCAM MXF files in iMovie 11, firstly you need to transcode MXF to Apple InterMediate Codec MOV. Conversion is simple with the right tool. Aunsoft TransMXF Pro for Mac can fastest transcode XDCAM MXF to MOV for iMovie with perfect video and audio synchronization. Now, this MXF viewer for Mac full supports the latest Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

This tutorial is about how to view Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF files in iMovie 11on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, which can be divided in two parts.

Part 1: Transcode Sony PMW-200 XDCAM MXF to AIC MOV for iMovie 11

Available download MXF viewer app trial version. TransMXF Pro for Mac also support transcoding MXF to multi-track video, HD video, MOV, MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, WMV, MPG, etc for your Mac Book.

Step1. Accurately load XDCAM MXF to TransMXF Pro for Mac

Click "add video" or "add folder" to load MXF file. You also can drag MXF to this MXF viewer directly.
In order to avoid of no audio in source MXF file, you'd better to preview loaded MXF files in the preview window to guarantee the output encoded MOV files will also be with sound.
Snapshot function enables you quickly capture MXF images when preview MXF videos.

Step2. Select Apple InterMediate Codec MOV as best format for iMovie 11

Click the "format" and choose the "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (.MOV)" files as the output editing format for iMovie 11 on Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. You can directly enter iMovie in the search bar, even faster. The user-friendly MXF viewer app will take you less than 30 seconds to select format in this step.

Step3. Click the Settings to set audio and video profile for output AIC MOV

Before transcoding MXF to MOV for iMovie 11, you can set video and audio profile, such as video bitrate, video frame rate, video size, audio channels, etc.

From Profile list, you can easily compare the profile of source MXF and export AIC MOV, as well as your free disc space. The triangle icons on the right are to view different tasks. 

Step4. Click convert button to transcode MXF to MOV for iMovie 11 on Mavericks 10.9

This MXF viewer app will run conversion at super fast speed. Not for a while, you can get generated AIC MOV with perfect video and audio synchronization. You can preview raw MXF and generated MOV when conversion completed. And with just a click on "Open output folder", you can locate the output file.

Part 2: Import and view AIC MOV generated from source XDCAM MXF in iMovie 11

MXF is incompatible and it's hard to play and see MXF videos directly. To view XDCAM HD422 MXF file flawlessly in iMovie, a proper option is to transcode MXF to easier editing MOV with an available MXF viewer. Come to this part, TransMXF Pro for Mac has done a super job. Now, you can start your next editing mission with iMovie.

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