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How to Convert MP4 to iMovie (iMovie 11)

Some people including you may be confused: iMovie says it supports MP4, but why I can't import MP4 to iMovie? 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 preferred MP4 and then transfer the converted MP4 videos to iMovie for editing.

To convert MP4 files to iMovie (iMovie 11), Aimersoft Video Converter for Mac will give you a big hand. It provides the optimized video profile for iMovie so you don't need to be bothered by the incompatibility issue. In addition, this wonderful tool also lets you convert AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, MOV, MPEG, etc. to iMovie and convert between any regular video formats. The upgraded version is highly compatible with Mac OS 10.8 Mountain Lion. Get the free trial below and follow the simple steps below to change MP4 to iMovie with ease.

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How to convert MP4 format to iMovie supported MP4

1Import MP4 files

Click File > Add Video Files to add the MP4 movies you want to convert for iMovie. Or simply drag your videos to the left item bar for converting. Batch conversion is supported so you can add many files at a time to save the conversion time. And as you see, added files can be previewed in the right Preview window and you can take snapshots of your favorite video scenes.

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2Select the output format as iMovie

Open the format list at the bottom. Then go to Editing and select iMovie as the output format to get videos with optimized settings for iMovie. You can also convert your videos to MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, MKV, M4V, FLV, 3GP, etc. for playing on portable devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, PSP, Xbox 360, Android, etc. Besides MP4, you can also use this program to convert AVI to iMovie, WMV to iMovie, MTS to iMovie, AVCHD to iMovie, MPEG to iMovie, etc.

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3Start the conversion

After all the settings are done, click the Convert button to start converting your videos. The conversion will finish soon if your videos are too large. When the conversion completes, the destination folder will open automatically and you can get the converted MP4 videos that are compatible with iMovie.

After that, run iMovie and click File > Import > Movies to add the videos to iMovie. Enjoy the home movie making now!

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1. Add MP4 videos to iMovie

Launch iMovie and click File from the menu, then select Import > Movies to navigate and select the videos. After that, click Import to load the video clips to iMovie's library and drag the video clips to the Event area to start creating your home movies.

2. 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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Aimersoft Employee
Hello, you can use Aimersoft Video Converter Ultimate to convert MP4 files to iMovie supported formats on Windows XP.
Aimersoft Employee
It's possible. Any regular MP4 files that are not supported by iMovie can be converted to fit iMovie.
Aimersoft Employee
Hi, you first need to transfer the MP4 videos from your Android phone to your Mac, and then use this program to convert the files for iMovie. 
Will someone tell me this is new as i never knew this was possible?
I am desperate to get my MP4  converted to iMovie, will i be able to do this from my Android phone please?
Hi there, will this work with my window XP?
Aimersoft Employee
Yeah, this video converter for Mac has a built-in video editor. Trim, crop, rotate, add watermarks, insert subtitles, adjust video effects, etc. functions are provided.
Converting MP4 to iMovie had become a child’s play.
Before I convert MP4 to iMovie could I edit it?
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