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How to Convert Video to iMovie (iMovie '11 included)

iMovie is a great way to share with others. But usually, people come across the unpleasant experience that they fail to import their videos to iMovie. That's because the videos they try to import are incompatible with the video editing software. These video files require conversion before importing. One of the best solutions is to convert video to iMovie-compatible video formats before importing, with an excellent video converter.

This article mainly helps you make your videos more compatible with iMoive, so you can smoothly import video to iMovie to edit. Here, the Video Converter for Mac is recommended. It's powerful and easy to use. Get the details from below.

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Step 1: Import videos you want to convert

To import videos to this Video to iMovie Converter, go to "File">"Add Media Files" from the main menu to browse and load your wanted videos. Alternatively, you can directly drag the target videos to this app for video conversion.

 video to imovie converter

Step 2: Select a proper format for IMovie

Hit the Format button, and then choose "Editing">"iMovie" option. The optimized output format is fully compatible with iMovie of any version.

 convert video to iMovie

Step 3: Convert video to iMovie in Mac OS X (Mountain Lion included)

Just click the "Convert" button to convert video to iMovie in Mac OS X. The process will last a while, which mainly depends on the size of all imported files and the performance of the Mac. When the conversion is over, you can import the output files to iMovie for creating your own masterpiece without any problem.

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Note: is it hard to find the output files after conversion? You can customize output directory by yourself. Just click the Output drop-down list at the bottom of this window to do this job.

More tips:

iMovie '08, iMovie '09 and iMovie '11 works with most Mini DV tape-based camcorders (DV and HDV formats), and many Tapeless Camcorder (MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and AVCHD), part QuickTime MOV and others.

If you want to check whether your camera is compatible with iMovie or not, you can click the link below to learn more:

Please get the tutorial here.

Product-related questions? Speak directly to our Support Team >>

Hi, Jefferis, the file size and video quality depends on encoder, bit rate, frame rate, resolution, etc. To reduce the file size, you can follow below steps. 1. Check your original file information, namely bit rate, frame rate, resolution, etc. 2. Click "Setting" button of this program, and choose the encoder as "H.264", down the bit rate, frame rate, via keeping the resolution as the original one. After that, click "OK" to return to the program window. 2. Check the output file video and click "Preview" button to check the quality. By doing this, you can seek a balance between file size and video quality. Hope it works for you. Best regards,
What is the smallest file size converter compatible with iMovie, without reducing actual pixel size?