Put and Edit Sony Action Cam videos (xavs s/mp4) in Windows Movie Maker

The easy workaround below will teach you how to convert and import Sony Action Cam MP4 or XAVC S to Windows Movie Maker so you can make engaging movies with your Action Cam footage without problems.

When you get some 4K XAVC-S or MP4 recordings, say, captured with your Sony HDR-AS100V, HDR-AZ1VR, HDR-AS20, you will find the XAVC-S/MP4 files are nothing when you try to import them to Windows Movie Maker, they will not show in the window. So, what is the best workflow to edit Sony Action Cam MP4/XAVC S files in Windows Movie Maker so that you can publish them onto the web like OneDrive, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, and Flickr and share them with family and friends?

Windows Movie Maker is a helpful tool for users to make their home movies freely, however supported formats of this free editing software are limited as follow:

Videos: AVI, ASF, MPEG, MPG, WMV, and MP2
Audios: MP3, MP2, AIFF, ASF, AU, WAV and WMA

Unluckily, 1080p XAVC-S/MP4 from Sony Action Cam is still not an ideal editing codec for WMM. To ensure successfully importing Sony Action Cam XAVC-S/MP4 to Windows Movie Maker for editing, what you need to do is to resort to a Sony Action Cam video converter to convert Sony Action Cam videos to Movie Maker friendly video formats.

Along with some help from Brorsoft Video Converter- a top Sony Action Cam XAVC S/MP4 converter app, it can be done quickly. Overall, the program is a professional yet easy-to-use XAVC S/MP4 to Windows Movie Maker Converter. With it, you can convert Sony a7S, Sony AX100, AS100V and more recorded XAVC S videos to Windows Movie Maker preferred WMV video without any quality loss. What's more, it can also transcode XAVC/XAVC S clips for editing in Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas Pro, etc flawlessly.

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How to transcode Sony Action Cam videos for Windows Movie Maker

Step 1. Import Source Video

Launch Sony Action Cam Video Converter and click add button to import 1080p XAVC S or MP4 video to the program. It supports batch conversion.

Step 2. Choose Output Format

Click Format bar and choose "HD Video" > "WMV HD(*.wmv)" as the output video format. AVI is also the choice.

Tip: If you like, adjust video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video and Audio, the Codec of Video and Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.

Step 3. Start Sony Action Cam Video Conversion

Click the "Convert" icon under the preview window, and the video converter will start transcode Sony Action Cam MP4/XAVC S to WMV for using in Windows Movie Maker.

After the conversion, click "Open" to locate the result videos and then you can import the converted files to Windows Movie Make for editing via its "Import video" option.

Additional Tips:
If you want to smoothly edit Sony Action cam footage in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6, you just need to get the Video Converter for Mac and choose the "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format; For iMovie, select "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" in the second step; For Avid Media Composer, choose "Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" as output; For Adobe Premiere Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output.

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