MP4 to iMovies - iMovie Won't Import MP4 Files Via Mac OS X El Capitan

Summary: Easy solve 'can't import MP4 to iMovie' issue! Step by step tutorial on how to convert and import MP4 to iMovie on Mac (OS X El Capitan included). 

With the launch of Mac OS X El Capitan, Apple Inc. also released a minor update to iMovie for Mac that adds in support for Photos. With the new Photos integration in iMovie, it’s now possible for iMovie users to browse Moments, Collections, Favorites, and Albums that have been stored in Photos, using the Photos app to insert content into video projects. Normally, we would like to adopt iMovie to edit MP4 videos, including YouTube MP4 videos, GoPro MP4 videos, iTunes MP4 videos, etc. in order to get better videos or more wonderful video files. 

Many users has the same issues about why iMovie cannot add MP4 files in OS X 10.11 El Capitan and how to convert to import MP4 to iMovie in El Capitan? This article also applies to import MOV, MXF, MTS, M2TS, WebM, AVI, WMV, etc. to iMovie in OS X El Capitan. 


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While some problems would occur during the importing, To successfully make MP4 recordings compatible with NLEs, especially for iMovie, some professional editors strongly recommend thePavtube Video Converter for Mac, which can help us easily convert MP4 to AIC MOV for iMoive. Besides the fantastic quality-lossless conversion, this MP4 to iMovie/FCE Converter is also equipped with some editing features that you won’t be disappointed. 

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Complete Process of Converting MP4 to AIC MOV for editing in iMovie 

Step 1: Add original files 

Run the video converter, then click “Add File” button to import MP4 videos to this powerful program. Or you can simply drag the videos directly to the software. 


Step 2. Find the suitable output. 

Hit the “Format” bar and select the output format you want. On the output list, we need to select the ‘iMovie/Final Cut Express’>>’Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)’ as the best. Foe others? You can make your own choice there. 


Optional Function: Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video&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. Go back to the main interface and press the ‘Convert’ item and we just need to wait for the output result for iMovie. 

When the conversion process shows in 100%, you can easily and effortlessly locate the converted AIC MOV files by clicking the “Open” button in the main interface. Just transfer files into iMovie and it’s our own editing time! What are waiting for? 

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