The Sony Alpha a5100 is the follow-up to the NEX-5 cameras and sites above the A5000 & NEX-3. Sony a5100 equipped with a Bionz X processor, 24MP CMOS sensor, Wi-Fi, NFC, Hybrid AF system with 25 contrast-detect and 179 phase-detect points. It can record videos in 1920 x 1080 px Full HD at framerates up to 60fps, and the on-chip phase detection enables continuous autofocusing on moving subjects while shooting. The Alpha 5100 adds support for the XAVC S format with bitrates up to 50 Mbps for higher quality footage, and can record a lower resolution (1280 x 720 px) MP4 format file simultaneously for easier sharing.

There are many users have got the Sony a5100 camera, most of them have used this striking camera recorded some HD videos. But they all have the issue when they try to import Sony a5100 recorded XAVC S files to iMovie and Final Cut Express. The iMovie/FCE can’t support Sony a5100 recorded XAVC S 4K video files, how to solve this Sony a5100 XAVC S 4K videos to iMovie/FCE importing and editing issue?

 

How to edit Sony a5100 XAVC S 4K videos in iMovie or Final Cut Express?

As you can see above, the Sony a5100 can record videos in XAVC S, AVCHD and MP4 format, all of them are not native formats for iMovie/FCE editing, so when you import the files or edit the XAVC S videos you will get problems. How to import Sony a5100 XAVC S files to iMovie/FCE and edit natively? The best way is to convert Sony a5100 XAVC S to iMovie/FCE native supported video codec and format. From iMovie and Final Cut Express official page you will get the info that AIC the native codec for iMovie/FCE. Once you convert XAVC S to AIC, You can import the XAVC S 4K videos to iMovie/FCE for editing smoothly, and you don’t need to render anymore.

To convert Sony a5100 XAVC S 4K videos to iMovie/FCE supported codec, you will need a special Sony XAVC Converter, here we recommend UFUWare HD Video Converter for Mac for you, it is the best XAVC Converter on the market, with it you can convert all HD videos to AIC codec easily, supported importing video formats include AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, MP4, MOV, MXF, XAVC, XAVC S, etc. What’s more, with this Sony a5100 XAVC S to AIC Converter you can convert video to rich formats, like MKV, AVI, WMV, MP4, MOV, FLV, MPG, etc. this converter has optimized native formats for iMovie/FCE, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Pinnacle Studio, Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS, etc, so it is a powerful HD Video Converter.

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Step 1. Add Sony a5100 XAVC S 4K video files

Install and launch UFUWare HD Video Converter for Mac as the best Sony a5100 to iMovie/FCE Converter, and click “Add File” or “Add from folder” button to import your Sony a5100 XAVC S 4K video files. You can batch convert by highlighting all the clips you just imported or one by one.

Sony a5100 to iMovie/FCE Converter

Step 2. Select proper format for iMovie/FCE

Click “Profile” bar to get the drop-down list, and select “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” as output format for iMovie and FCE. AIC is best codec for iMovie/FCE editing.

Convert Sony a5100 XAVC S to AIC MOV

Step 3. Convert Sony a5100 XAVC S to AIC MOV on Mac

When settings done, click “Convert” button, and the Sony 5100 XAVC S to AIC Converter will start the Sony a5100 XAVC S 4K videos to AIC MOV conversion on Mac immediately with high quality.

After the Sony a5100 XAVC S to ACI conversion completed, you can click “Open Folder” button to find the generated AIC .mov files and use them freely. Run iMovie 8/9/11 or Final Cut Express on your Mac, import and edit the converted Sony a5100 XAVC S 4K video files in iMovie/FCE smoothly now.