Convert MP4 files into an iMovie Compatible Format

SUMMARY: iMovie users may have encountered various problems when importing the MP4 video files in iMovie, then here is quick guide on how to solve it. 

For Mac users, you may definitely do some editing works of your mp4 footage with iMovie before share them with your friends and family members.Many users have problems of importing MP4 videos recorded from GoPro (HD), Sony (e.g. Sony Cyber-shot W730, Sony PMW-EX3), Hybrid camcorders and etc. or importing MP4 that is ripped from DVD by Handbreak to iMovie 10 in El Capitan. 

Why Sometimes Can't Import MP4 to iMovie through Mac OS X El Capitan? 

Reason One: iMovie only supports importing MP4 formats with MPEG4/AAC or H.264/AAC data, not all kinds of MP4 formats. Some MP4 files from like Sony, Hybrid camcorders and other devices cannot be accepted by iMovie. 

Reason Two: iMovie contains all the essential codecs to read MP4 files. Any different codecs included in audio and subtitle will cause the issue. In the circumstances, we still cannot successfully import MP4 files to iMovie. 

All in all, OS X iMovie natively handles MP4, so nothing needs to be done as well as it's well-formed. iOS iMovie only works with MP4 content that is supported by the device (there are limits on the resolution, bitrate, profile, etc). To smoothly import MP4 to iMovie, you'd better to convert these MP4 files to iMovie totally compatible MP4 or MOV (QuickTime) formats. Any of the applications based off the open-source libavcodec can coerce variations on MP4 to others. These include Handbrake, FFmpegX and others. QuickTime 7 Pro will work too, and iTunes will convert video to iPad and iPhone compatible formats (under the Advanced menu). 

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How can we successfully import any MP4 file to iMovie at any time? 

After read the best Mac MP4 to iMovie Converter review, you may find that Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac can be of great help in this task. With it, you can easily transcode MP4 to Apple Intermediate Codec .MOV, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie. The all-in-one toolkit can also convert among all popular video format like AVI, MKV, VOB, WMV, FLV, etc. for convenient editing and playing on Mac OS X (including El Capitan). Besides, this program also supports some video editing functions. With these function, you can crop the frame size, add watermark, load subtitle, merge several videos into one file, etc. Click the Download button below to get the program and check out the easy steps to convert and import MP4 to iMovie without any troubles. 

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Step by Step Guide to Convert MP4 to iMovie (iMovie'11 Included) 

Step 1. Add MP4 files 

Run the MP4 to iMovie converter. Directly drag and drop the MP4 files which you want to convert to the main display window of the program. To save your time, you can load multiple files at a time for this program supports batch conversion. You can also merge several files into one. 


Step 2. Select the output format 

Click "format" bar, choose iMovie/FCE -- > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the best output format for iMovie


Tip: Furthermore, you are provided some useful edit functions cropping, trimming, adding watermark, attaching subtitles for pre-editing your video files so that you can simplify your iMovie editing. 


Step 3. Start the MP4 to iMovie conversion 

After all the settings are done, click the Convert button to start converting your MP4 videos to AIC MOV for iMovie. The conversion will finish soon if your videos are too large. 

After the conversion, click "Open" to locate the result videos and then launch iMovie, choose File > Import > Movies..., to import the converted MP4 video into iMovie; prepare for editing. You will find that it's just a piece of cake to edit MP4 files in iMovie. 

iMovie supported formats 

The following formats can be recognized by iMovie: DV, DV Widescreen, HDV 1080i (25 and 30 fps), HDV 720p (25 and 30 fps), MPEG 4 Simple Profile and iSight. If your videos are in these formats but iMovie still doesn't accept them, you will need to re-encode the videos. 

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