Impossible to view Sony HDR-CX380 MXF files in iMovie

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Unable to load Sony HDR-CX380 MXF files into iMovie on macOS High Sierra? High Sierra does not have support for MXF files yet. You probably could convert the Sony HDR-CX380 MXF files to AIC .mov, and import the converted files into iMovie that way. Keep reading and learn a step-by-step guide on how to process Sony HDR-CX380 MXF media to AIC .mov conversion for Apple iMovie for Mac.

“Why iMovie refused loading MXF files from my Sony HDR-CX380 on High Sierra that it should open? I hope it is a bug, because now I have an awful lot of projects based on Sony HDR-CX380 MXF files which are unusable (black screen, no sound) and I have no intention of purchasing Final Cut Pro X just to make simple edits. Any ideas?”

You can re-encode your Sony HDR-CX380 MXF files to AIC .mov format for use in iMovie fluently. The Video Converter for Mac below will do this in simple steps.



How to encode Sony HDR-CX380 MXF files to AIC .mov for iMovie editing?

To transcode Sony HDR-CX380 MXF video to AIC for iMovie editing, do as below:

Download Video Converter for Mac

Video Converter (It is available for Mac, simply download the proper version depending on your computer.)

Free download Mac Version

Step 1: Click “Add File” to load Sony HDR-CX380 MXF video files into this program.

import video files

Step 2: Select output format for iMovie
Click “Profile” to select “iMovie and Final Cut Express” > “Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” as output format. AIC .mov is iMovie’s favorite editing codec, which iMovie will read and handle well.

Select output profile format

Tips:
If necessary, you can click “Settings” button to modify video and audio parameters like encoder, resolution, frame rate, bitrate, aspect ratio, sample rate, and audio channels. You can also “enable 3D Settings” to add 3D effect to your source media.
Settings for video files

Step 3: Click “Convert” to start Sony HDR-CX380 MXF video to iMovie conversion.
As soon as the conversion is complete, click “Open Folder” to get the generated AIC .mov files for editing in iMovie with optimum performance. Hope it helps.

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