Import and Edit Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 files in iMovie on Mac

The Sony HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder is designed for capturing high-quality video and audio. It can record Full HD 1920 x 1080p video at 30 fps and LPCM or AAC stereo audio in MP4 format. For video, it’s equipped with a 16MP Exmor R CMOS image sensor and a wide-angle 120° Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens. It can also capture HD 1280 x 720p video at 30 fps and it records to the web-friendly MP4 format. The camcorder features a 2.7″ LCD monitor as well. However, things turned to be frustrating when users tried to import Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 to iMovie for editing. Don’t worry. Follow the easy workaround here to solve the Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 to iMovie issues.

You may be confused: Can iMovie support MP4 videos from Sony HDR-MV1? Is it necessary to convert Sony HDR-MV1 videos to iMovie? According to our multiple testing, our best tip for anyone who wants to edit Sony HDR-MV1 footage in iMovie is this: accept you need to convert the MP4 footage first. You’ll save yourself a lot of frustration.

The basic reason is that the HDR-MV1 video file is not ideal for editing in NLE system. iMovie supports MP4 although, MP4 as a video container format that may contain various audio and video codec, not all of them can be imported to iMovie correctly. The MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 encoded MP4 clips from Sony HDR-MV1 doesn’t seem to be an ideal format for iMovie. A fast way to get rid of the issue is to convert Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 to iMovie compatible format with third-party software. UFUWare HD Converter for Mac is the best choice for you.

It supports converting Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 to Apple InterMediate Codec MOV with fast encoding speed and without quality loss. With it, you can effortlessly import and edit your Sony HDR-MV1 footage within iMovie ’11, iMovie 09 and iMovie 08. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time and any other issues. Just download it and follow the step-by-step guide to transcode Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 files for editing in iMovie.

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Converting Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 video to iMovie on Mac

Step 1: Install and launch the Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 converter on Mac and click the “Add” button to load Sony HDR-MV1 separate .mp4 files for converting.

Tip: Select all Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 files and click Merge, you can join several video clips together.

Step 2: Hit the Format box to select the specially designed video codec for editing in iMovie: iMovie/FCE –> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov).

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Step 3: Adjust the video and parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings buttion on the main interface.

Step 4: After above settings, hit “Convert” button to start transcoding Sony HDR-MV1 MP4 to MOV for directly importing to iMovie.

Once the process completes, you can click “Open” to locate the AIC .mov files. Now you can easily transfer your Sony HDR-MV1 footages to iMovie for further editing without any problem.

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