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Easy Fix MP4 Can't Import/Read/Open in iMovie 11/09/08

March 3, 2016

iMovie makes it easy to import and edit movies, images and music for creating your next video or audio masterpiece. However, it will be a frustrating thing if you have problems of importing video files to iMovie, especially the video files are the so common MP4 files. This article teaches you how to encode and import MP4 to iMovie 11/09/08 for editing or making movies. Easy solve.

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Generally, iMovie accepts MP4 movies, including iTunes MP4, YouTube MP4, some camcorder MP4 files, etc. However, still there are some MP4 videos iMovie won't recognize due to unsupported codecs. Actually, this is due to the MP4 files codec: iMovie prefer MPEG-4 and H.264 codecs instead of others. If you can't import MP4 to iMovie, you need to convert MP4 files to iMovie acceptable video files and then transfer the converted MP4 videos to iMovie for editing.



As we know, the best format for iMovie is Apple Intermediate Codec encoded MOV. Thus, you can convert MP4 to iMovie highly compatible AIC format so as to load your videos for editing. Here Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is recommended as the best Mac video conversion tool to convert MP4 videos for loading to iMovie(iMovie 11) without any troubles on Mac OS X (Mavericks). 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 conveniet editing and playing on Mac OS X. Now follow the guideline below, you can convert and import MP4 files to iMovie easily and successfully.

How to convert and import MP4 to iMovie

1. Add MP4 files

Run the Video Converter. Directly drag and drop the VOB 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.



2. Select the output format

Click "format" bar, choose iMovie/FCE -- > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the output format. The output video can be imported to iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08 directly.



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.

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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