AVI/MKV/MP4 files and iMovie - Best way to import AVI/MKV/MP4 to iMovie 11/09/08
Q1:Why wont iMovie won't import my MP4 files?
"Every time I attempt to import an MP4 video/audio file from my Sony EX3, iMovie 11 (and all other Adobe products) tells me it's "unsupported or damaged". I know it's not damaged because it plays through VLC and BS player. Strangely enough it won't play through Quicktime though. why? "
iMovie prefer MPEG-4 and H.264 codecs instead of others while MP4 can contain various video codecs. So if your MP4 videos are not accepted by iMovie, it's probably because of the video codec incompatibility.
Q2:AVI File in iMovie 09 Only Plays Audio?
"I'm having this problem that every time I import an .avi file in to iMovie 09, there's no video just the audio. I deleted the preferences and the only way I was able to see the video was when I changed the file extension to .mov. Is there a way that I can see the .avi in iMovie without having to change the extension on the files?"
iMovie only reads AVI that both the audio and the video were compressed by using a codec that iMovie can recognize. If your AVI video files are not imported, it's because of the codec used to create the AVI file is not supported by iMovie, even if you have Perian installed, which only allows you to play AVI in QuickTime.
Q3:How to edit mkv files in iMovie ?
"I've some videos in mkv extension and I'd like to edit some scene in iMovie. Is it possible? How to?"
Well, MKV (Matroska Video), as an open and free container format is not so compatible with NLEs including iMovie, though it is able to keep diverse video, audio, and subtitle components in just one file and has ability to let users enjoy high definition videos at home easily.
Okay, since Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) is the the most compatible codec introduced by Apple which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie, the easy option to edit AVI/MKV/MP4 in iMovie would be converting the AVI/MKV/MP4 files to AIC encoded MOV.
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Transcoding AVI/MKV/MP4 to AIC MOV for iMovie 11/09/08
First of all, download and install Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.
With it, you can rewrap AVI/MKV/AVI files to AIC mov for iMovie 11/09/08 with fast encoding speed. Moreover, the Mac video conversion tool can help you convert convert AVI, MKV, MP4 as well as MTS, MXF, MOD, VOB, MPG, etc on Mac and export the professional encoders, namely Apple Intermediate Codec, and DNxHD for importing to iMovie, FCE, Avid, etc. flawlessly. What's more, it provides video editing functions like cropping, trimming, adding special effect, etc, bring you a wonderful home movie as you want. Just get it and follow the steps to re-encode .mkv/.avi/.mp4 to iMovie Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov).
First, Launch the Mac iMovie Video Conversion program; click "Add" button from main menu to browse your computer hard drive and select the files you want to convert. Or you can easily drag-and-drop files into this application for converting.
Tip: You can check the "Merge into one" box to merge several video files together for easier editing.
Secondly, you can choose iMovie/FCE --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the output format. The output video can be imported to iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08 directly.
Tip: 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.
Finally, click the "Convert" button to start the AVI/MKV/MP4 to AIC conversion. Just in a few minutes, you make it.
After the conversion, locate the converted videos by clicking the Open button. Now you can launch iMovie and then import the output files to iMovie for editing.
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