MP4 to iMovie: Easily Import MP4 to iMovie (iMovie 11/09/08)

Do you have the habit of sharing movies with your family or friends? Have you ever tried to share some special movies? You know that you can make your movies differently by editing them on iMovie. However, in several scenarios, users will encounter various problems in importing the MP4 video files in iMovie. Since some movies in MP4 format are not recognizable by iMovie, in order to edit all kind of MP4 files in iMovie on Mac (OS Sierra included), you need a top MP4 video covnerter to change MP4 to formats supported by iMovie at first.

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Part I: Convert MP4 to iMovie supportd format
Part II: Save iMovie video format into MP4
Part III: Why iMovie won't import MP4 files sometimes?

Convert MP4 to iMovie supportd format

Don't let that format issue stop you from showing your creativity. To import MP4 to iMovie, the most obvious and direct solution here is to convert MP4 to a format that's compatible with iMovie as mentioned before. The first thing we need is a powerful video converter to convert MP4 to iMovie compatible format. I would recommend you Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac, a powerful and practical video converter for Mac.

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A. It is capable of converting a video like MOV, MP4, AVI, MKV, etc. to a format that is compatible of working with iMovie.

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How to Convert MP4 files to AIC MOV for iMovie?

Step 1. Load original MP4 files

Drag MP4 files to the program directly. Or go to the "Add File" menu, choose "Add multi-files" or "Add Folder" to locate the MP4 files you want to add. You can add several files to do batch conversion.

iMovie video format

Step 2. Select the output format

You can choose Editor --> iMovie as the output format. The output format is designed for iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08 specially.

Tip 1:

Click "Settings" to enter the parameters setting panel, you can set detailed parameters of audio and video like Video Codec, Bit Rate, Frame Rate, Resolution, and Audio Codec, Bit Rate, Sample Rate, Channels.

iMovie video settings

Tip 2:

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.

Step 3. Start MP4 to iMovie conversion on Mac

Click the "Start" button to start the MP4 to AIC conversion.

Step 4. Import MP4 into iMovie (11)

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.

Alternative solutions to convert MP4 to iMovie

Solution 1: Convert MP4 to iMovie compatible format using Online Video Converter

online video converter is a good choice for doing this job for free. It is not only free but also very easy to use, just a few simple steps and you can get your video converted. Basically all online video converters have similiar video converting processes. It's easy to use them to convert MP4 to iMovie compatible format. When it finishes converting MP4 iMovie would be able to recognize it. Below is the steps for using online video converter to convert MP4 to iMovie compatible format.

Step 1: Upload video file to the online video converter. Every online video converter has a specific button for you to upload source file.

Step 2: Choose output format for your source file.

Step 3: Set detailed parameters. Different online video converter provides different but similiar parameters for users to adjust, normally you can adjust the resolution, quality, codec, etc.

Step 4: Start the conversion.

Step 5: Download the output video when it finishes converting MP4 iMovie now is able to recognize it.

Above is the general steps of converting MP4 to iMovie compatible format video with online video converter, some steps vary in different online video converters but they're universal on most video converting websites.

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Solution 2: Convert MP4 to iMovie compatible format using Free Video Converter

This Free video converter is Handbrake. Handbrake is a free and open-source video transcoder, originally developed in 2003 for making ripping films from DVD to a data storage device easier. Check out the guide below to see how to use Handbrake to convert MP4 to iMovie compatible format.


Step 1: Open Handbrake, firstly add source video by clicking "Source". You can choose to input a single video or a video folder. Or you can drag the video file directly into the interface.

Step 2: Set output directory for source video file.

Step 3: Choose MP4 as the output format for the output video

Step 4: Adjust parameters in the section below the format selecting box. Adjustments include:Picture, Filters, Video, Audio, Subtitles, Chapters.

Step 5: Click "Start" to begin the conversion.


Part II: Save iMovie video format into MP4

When it comes to exporting your videos from iMovie without any quality loss you should first export to MOV. This ensures you that the quality remains the same. After that, all you need to do is to save the MOV file to your computer and open the FCP to MP4 Converter. From here you just have to import the MOV file into the app, then set the output format to MP4. Then Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is the perfect assistant to help you convert FCP project to MP4 format on Mac (OS Sierra included).

Or directly save iMovie videos into MP4 format as below:

Launch the iMovie software. Choose "share" option from the menu bar and then select "Export Using QuickTime" option.

Share and export

Step 2 Choose "Movie to MPEG-4" saving

Once you have clicked on "Export Using QuickTime" option from the share menu, a pop up window will appear. This window contains a number of options like name, location of file etc. Click on the "export" option available on this window and you will land up on an array of options like "Movie to 3G", "Movie to MPEG-4" etc. Choose "Movie to MPEG-4" option from this pop up and click on the "save" button to save your iMovie file as MP4.

Save as MP4

After that, you can easily share exported movies from iMovie to mobile devices with Free Dimo Media Server for Mac.

Part III: Why iMovie won't import MP4 files sometimes?

Produced by Apple, iMovie is a popular video editing software that can work with Windows as well as Mac system. It enables you to edit your videos, images and other media through its list of features and functions. Although the iMovie software generally accepts MP4 files but sometimes it refuses to which leaves the user pondering as to what the reason could be? Below are two possible reasons:

Case 1:

To be quite specific, iMovie imports MP4 files that are encoded using MPEG4/AAC or H.264/AAC data. If some other codec is used for encoding of your MP4 video file, then codec difference might be one of the major issues why your iMovie is not importing that MP4 file. One of the most recommended solutions for this problem is to convert your MP4 file format into an iMovie compatible file format.

Case 2:

By default, iMovie contains all the codecs usually used by the MP4 files. However there are MP4 files which contain different codecs for their audio and subtitle streaming. If these codecs are not included in the iMovie support codecs group, then there is a huge possibility that the particular MP4 will not be imported in iMovie.

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