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Import Video into iMovie on Mac

How to import video to iMovie files on Mac OS?

For Mac users there is no easier application for creating a home movie than Apple's own iMovie, which is included free with new Mac computers or available for purchase as part of the iLife bundle.

iMovie provides a fast and intuitive way of editing clips of footage together, adding titles and sound effects and sharing the resultant project via websites such as YouTube or portable devices such as iPhones and iPods.

However, iMovie can only handle footage from DV, HDV and AVCHD camcorders as well as MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 footage (formats typically employed for recording video on mobile phones), which means a variety of other most used video files are denied and can't be imported, what a pity.

Importing video files to iMovie.

So, what if you have other video files already downloaded in your computer on your hard drive like RMVB, RM, YouTube video (.flv), QuickTime (.mov), MKV, WMV, MPG or AVI, MOD & TOD video files (formats can be produced by JVC Everio, Cannon or Panasonic camcorders), etc. and want to import them to iMovie?

Fortunately, we have video converter for Mac that is being able to convert all the video files listed above, but not limited to, to iMovie understandable formats like DV, MP4 even M4V. Video converter for Mac has a powerful codec pack that includes all the necessary codecs needed to encode almost all videos available around us and transcode to DV, MP4.

Step by Step


Download and install video converter for Mac

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The download usually takes about one minute. After download, you need to drag the video converter.app to your Application Folder to finish the installation

Importing video files to iMovie.


Load video files from your computer

Hit Add File...to load video files need to convert.You can load as many files in different formats as you like, the batch mode support to do that well.

Importing video files to iMovie.


Select DV or MP4 as Output formats

iMovie can read DV, mpeg-2,mpeg-4 and m4v, so please choose one of the them as the output format.On the bottom of the panel, you will notice a drop down list next to Profile field; select the output format for the video there.
Also on the bottom of the panel, you will find a drop down list next to the Destination; appoint an output path for the video in a location there.

Importing video files to iMovie.


convert video

Hit Convert...the entire list of video files will be converted immediatelyClick Open...to locate where the output file is stored.

Importing video files to iMovie.


Now ready to import your heart contents to iMovie

To do so:
1 Open iMoive
2 choose File>Import
3 choose the converted videos you want to import
4 click Open
Want to share the video to YouTube?
The first thing to do is to select the movie you'd like to share. Just click a movie in the Project library, then go to the share menu and choose Youtube. Movies on Youtube are divided into category, so that people can easily find what they want to see.

Importing video files to iMovie.

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