When you find out you can’t import some of MP4 files into iMovie 08/09/11 for editing, you can follow this simple tutorial to convert MP4 video to iMovie.
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. Although iMovie cliams that it support MP4 format, sometimes, you will find it’s a painful experience to load MP4 videos to iMovie for further editing, and you may encounter problems quoted as below:
“I can’t import mp4 clips in to iMovie. I can see them listed, but they are grayed out and I can’t select them. I also can’t seem to get a definite answer as to whether or not iMovie will import mp4s without jumping through a bunch of hoops. I’d love to know. Thanks for your assistance.”
So what’s the matter? Well, that’s because iMovie prefers MPEG-4 and H.264 codecs instead of others while MP4 can contain various video codecs. So if you MP4 files are not accepted by iMovie, it’s probably because of the video codec incompatibility. On this occasion, you need to convert MP4 to iMovie compatible video format and then transfer the converted MP4 videos to iMovie for editing.
The article would show you how to convert and import MP4 to iMovie on Mac step by step with a professional Video Converter for Mac (El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard included) app from EaseFab. By running it, there’s no need to set the codec by yourself: the Mac program has a optimized preset for iMovie (iMovie ’11 included). Below are the simple steps to change MP4 to iMovie with ease.
How to convert MP4 to iMovie supported video format
Step 1: Download the MP4 to iMovie Converter on your Mac, install and run it. After that, click “Add Video” button to locate the MP4 files. You can also directly drag and drop your video files to the program. You can add multiple video files to convert at a time.
Step 2: Select “iMovie” as the output format in the “Editing Software” format list. The program has already optimized the video settings for iMovie. The output videos will keep the original quality of MP4 video.
Step 3: Hit the “Convert” button and this Video Converter for Mac will convert your MP4 rapidly. After the conversion, you can import the output files to iMovie.
Launch iMovie, from the File menu, choose Import > Movies, navigate to the folder that output MP4 videos are saved. Select the files and click “Import”.
Bingo! You did it! With this MP4 format to iMovie Video Converter for Mac, you can now import any MP4 files on your Mac or from your video camera to iMovie, easily and rapidly. All MP4 video files can be edited with your favorite iMovie now!