Convert H.265 HEVC to AIC, Edit Samsung NX500 H.265 4K MP4 files in iMovie/FCE

The Samsung NX500 is a fun, great little camera with lots of the same horsepower and technology from the larger NX1. The NX500 also shares similar video recording capabilities as the NX1, including ultra-high-res 4K video, in both Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 and Cinema 4K 4096 x 2160 resolutions. Ultra HD video is recorded at 30fps, while Cinema 4K video — not surprisingly given the ‘cinema’ name — is pegged at 24fps. Like the NX1, video is recorded using the new, space-saving H.265 HEVC video codec, which takes up about half the amount of memory card space as the oft-used H.264 codec. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to load Samsung NX500 H.265 4K MP4 footage to iMovie/FCE.

Although iMovie/Final Cut Express is compatible with H.265 codec, a compressed export H.265 .mp4 from Samsung NX500 is not ideal for editing. What’s more, iMovie/FCE can handle 4K footage without much problem, but it is extremely hardware intensive. When you tried to upload some 4K MP4 recordings from NX500, you will find it’s hard work. To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode Samsung H.265 MP4 footage to iMovie/FCE natively supported formats. Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly. Here I share a simple guide on how to convert Samsung NX500 H.265 4K footage for editing in iMovie/FCE smoothly. If you’re facing the issues, read on to find the answer.

First you need to download aPubsoft HD Video Converter for Mac. Overall, the program is the best Mac 4K Video Converter for Samsung NX500 4K files, which will create an iMovie/FCE friendly file codec- AIC. The video codec keeping the original quality in Mac OS (Sierra, El Capitan, etc). Besides iMovie and Final Cut Express, this 4K Video Converter can also output professional transcoders like DNxHD for Avid Media Composer, MPEG for Premiere Pro CC/CS, ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X and more. For Windows users, aPubsoft HD Video Converter is the alternative choice. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

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Edit Samsung NX500 H.265 4K MP4 files in iMovie and FCE

Step 1. Import Samsung NX500 H.265 4K footage

Install and Launch the Samsung NX500 to iMovie/FCE Converter. Click “Add File” button to load the Samsung NX500 H.265 4K files you want to convert, or directly drag and drop the NX500 H.265 4K footage to it.

Samsung NX500 to iMovie/FCE Converter

Step 2. Select output format for iMovie/FCE

Click “Profile” button to choose “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)” as the best video format for iMovie and FCE.

Convert Samsung NX500 H.265 4K video to AIC MOV for iMovie and FCE

Tip: If necessary, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. If not, just keep the video size as original.

Step 3. Start the Samsung NX500 H.265 4K video to AIC MOV conversion

Click on the “Convert” button, and the Samsung 4K Video Converter will convert Samsung NX500 H.265 4K MP4 video to AIC MOV for iMovie/FCE on Mac with high video and audio quality.

When the Samsung NX500 4K MP4 to AIC conversion finished, click “Open Folder” button to get the exported AIC .mov files and then import the converted Samsung NX500 H.265 4K MP4 files to iMovie 8/9/11/13 or Final Cut Express for further editing on Mac(Sierra, El Capitan, etc).