I am a primary DOP shooting. What I need is to
convert Sony PVW 500 XDCAM files to iMovie MOV. All kinds of factual subjects, mainly science and natural world with
some arts subjects are from my own broadcast cameras Sony PVW 500 and Canon C300. I am just checking sequences not producing finished broadcast programmes.
What I am using now is Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac which was recommended by a colleague, a professional DOP shooting for BBC. I think this program is better than Sony XDCAM Transfer. XDCAM Transfer will turn XDCAM files in QT MOVs when it copies source files from the camera media to the computer. Browser is supposed to replace it, but if it’s missing features you might as well stick with the old one.
Comparatively, Aunsoft Video Converter for Mac will directly convert XDCAM camera files to MOV, iMovie, QuickTime, Apple ProRes, etc. It supports transcode Sony XDCAM HD422 XDCAM files to iMovie MOV format for iMovie 13/11/9 on Mac OS X Mavericks and previous version. The program full supports Standard-definition XDCAM cameras and XDCAM HD cameras, like PDW-F800, PDW-700, PDW-F355L, etc.
The most beautiful part I like is the CUDA technology and multi-threading encoding technology the XDCAM camera files Converter adopts. It is about 10X faster than other conversion tools I've tried. The finish video is with perfect video and audio in sync.
Below is a simple workflow to transcode XDCAM files to MOV iMovie on my Mac Pro.
Step 1. Input source XDCAM files to the XDCAM Video Converter
Click "add videos" to load individual videos, or click "add from folder" to load camera files-MXF folder. Drag & drop is available.
Step 2. Choose output formats
Click “Format” preset and choose “iMovie and Final Cut Express-> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” as best video format for editing Sony XDCAM files in iMovie as well as lossless video quality.
Before XDCAM files to MOV conversion, you can also click “Settings” which is marked as step 3 to fix the frame rate, bitrate and video quality to your needs.
Step 3. Conversion
Here click "Convert" to transcode XDCAM files to MOV. The XDCAM to iMovie Converter for Mac supports batch conversion, so if you have lots of XDCAM camera files to convert, check "Shut down computer after conversion", and you can go away without keeping an eye on it.