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How to Convert MOV to iMovie on Mac (Mountain Lion)

Are you frustrated when you can't import MOV to iMovie (iMovie 11)? Yeah, we know that iMovie is a fabulous free home movie making program. However, its supported video formats are limited to MP4, MOV and M4V with special codecs. When seeing this, you may say: since MOV is said to be supported by iMovie, why iMovie doesn't accept my MOV files? Well, that's because MOV is a container instead of a codec. If the MOV contains a video codec that iMovie can't recognize, for instance, DivX, iMovie won't accept it.

Luckily, you can get the MOV recognized by iMovie (iMovie 11) easily. What you need is only a Mac video converter that can convert MOV to iMovie compatible MOV with the right codec. Here Aimersoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended to help you transfer MOV videos to iMovie even if you're a Mac newbie. Just download it below and follow the step-by-step guide to finish the MOV to iMovie conversion with ease and start your home movie making.

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How to convert MOV files to iMovie on Mac (Mountain Lion)

1Add MOV videos

Click the .dmg file to install and run the program. Then click File > Add Video Files to browse and import the MOV movies you want to edit in iMovie. Alternatively, you can dimply drag and drop files to the left item bar. After the files are loaded, you can preview them and take snapshots of your favorite movie scenes. Note that to save time, you can add multiple files for conversion at a time since batch conversion is supported.

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2Specify iMovie as the output video format

The video profile for iMovie is provided for you so you'll not be puzzled by what output format to choose. Simply browse the format list and find iMovie under Editing to set it as the output video format. Besides iMovie, this Mac MOV to iMovie converter also allows you to convert MOV to MP4, M4V, AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, etc. and convert MOV for playing on portable devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, HTC, Samsung, PSP, etc.

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3Start the conversion

When all settings are ready, click the Convert button to start converting your videos. The progress bar will show how much time is needed. When the conversion completes, get the videos and run iMovie: click File > Import > Movies to import them for editing.

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