iMovie Guide

1 Import
2 Tutorial
3 Export
4 Alternatives
5 Resource
6 Troubleshooting

Import Different Types of Media to iMovie

iMovie requires you to load media into the project so that you can further edit them. The files you import may come with different codec and formats. However, the program doesn't recognize all the files but limited to a few compatible formats. Here are some iMovie tips to outline how to import different types of media.

Part 1: Import video files to iMovie

To make movies in iMovie, you should first transfer the movies from a different source to iMovie. As iMovie is primarily designed to import videos from different devices, you can easily import videos from:

1. Import videos from tape-based camcorder

Step 1. Connect camcorder to Mac

Turn on the camcorder and set it to VTR or VCR mode. Open iMovie and connect the camcorder to Mac with cable. Then up pops the Import window (if the Import window doesn't open, choose File > Import from Camera).

Step 2. Set the Automatic/Manual switch

Automatic imports all of the video on the tape, and rewinds the tape again. If you use this option, click OK. Manual enables you to import only the footage you want. You can use the controls to set your tape to the point where you want to begin importing. Then click Import to save your video to the location of your choice.

Step 3. Add your video to project

After that, create a new event or an existing event if you have one.

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2. Import videos from memory-based camcorder

Step 1. Connect camcorder to Mac

Turn on your camera and set it to PC Connect mode. Open iMovie and connect the camera to your computer with cable. Then the Import window will pop up (if the Import window doesn't open, choose File > "Import from Camera").

Step 2. Import the video you want

To import all clips, set the Automatic/Manual switch to Automatic, and then click Import All. On the other hand, set the switch to Manual and import specific clips, and then click Import Checked. After that, save the video to the location you like.

Step 3. Add your video to project

After that, create a new event or an existing event if you have one.

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3.Import videos from existing movies

Not all of the video you want is stored on a camcorder. You may have some copy clips on your Mac. Before you import these video files to iMovie, you should check whether they’re supported by iMovie first:

Supported Import Formats
DV, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, QuickTime and AVCHD
Note: Even though iMovie supports these formats, it is not always the case when you try to import them to iMovie. To solve the problem, just convert the file to iMovie compatible formats using the method mentioned below.
Not Supported Formats
AVI, MKV, WMV, FLV, SWF, VOB, MTS, M2TS, TS, TP, MOD, 3GP, ASF, ect

If the file format is compatible with iMovie, you can simple click File > Import > Movies… to use them. As for not supported formats, you have to convert them to iMovie compatible formats before importing. Here an all-in-one iMovie converter: Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is highly recommended. It easily converts more than 400 formats to iMovie with no quality loss. Follow the steps below to convert videos to iMovie.

Step 1. Load your media files

With its Media Browser provided, you can easily find your local media files and drag them directly into the program window for converting. Just click the Import button, the Media Browser window will pop up.

Step 2.Choose iMovie as the output format

Click the bottom format icon to reveal the output panel. There are a variety of video and audio format for output. You can select MOV, MP4, M4V, such iMovie friendly format as the output. Favorably, you can directly select configured presets for iMovie, or native codecs like ProRes, Apple Intermediate Codec to ensure the best result when editing with iMovie.

Step 3. Start the conversion process

After choose your desired output format, now just hit Convert to start converting videos to iMovie for Mac. When the conversion is done, choose File > Import > Movies to import the video files to iMovie.

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Part 2: Import photo & audio files to iMovie


iMovie also allows you to add photo and audio files to your movies to make the movies more artistic. It’s hard at all. Just follow the steps below:

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