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iMovie Supported Video Formats: Importing and Exporting


iMovie, a Mac OS X or iOS based video editing software application created by Apple Inc has a lot users. While, many iMovie users new and old are still asking what file formats can be used & exported in iMovie. Though it's always up for debate as things change from one version to the next, there are usually still a few formats that always remain the same. In this page, we will list the iMovie Supported Video Formats: Importing & Exporting.

Part I. iMovie Supported Formats for Importing:

iMovie imports video footage to the Mac using either the FireWire interface on most MiniDV format digital video cameras or the computer's USB port. It can also import video and photo files from a hard drive. It's a good thing to understand which formats work so that you can know if anything needs to be done in order to get that file into iMovie for editing.

  • DV
  • HDV
  • AAC
  • AIC
  • H.264
  • Apple ProRes
  • QuickTime Movie
  • MP4 (Not every type of MP4 but most are accepted).

Note: It's a basic list but one that we think will help a lot of people as they import different video formats in iMovie. Another thing that I have always done when looking at file formats is the "container" on the file or what the file names end with. For example, if it has a .MOV container and has one of the file types above, it should work in iMovie. If it's got an .MP4 container with one of the file types above, it should work in iMovie.

All these things will help when it comes to importing different file formats because if it's something not supported like .WMV or .VOB files for example, you will need to convert them so that they can then be imported into iMovie. If a file is greyed out when trying to import, most likely that file format is not accepted by iMovie.

A good thing to know is that just about anything can be converted to a file that will be accepted by iMovie. Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac is just the right app to help you out.

This all-in-one Mac Video Converter tool is fully compatible with Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, etc. With it, you can convert MTS, M2TS, AVI, WMV, MKV, FLV, MPEG, WMV, MXF, VOB and even Blu-ray, DVD files to iMovie most compatible Apple InterMedaite Codec .mov with least quality loss. What's more, it is also embraces a built-in video editor which allows you to customize the video as you like.


Part 2. iMovie Supported Video Formats for Exporting

Once you have finished editing your movie in iMovie, you need to export your files.


These are the different formats you can use to save your movie in:

  • DV
  • AIC
  • QuickTime Movie
  • MPEG-4
  • AAC
  • JPEG

Note: When customizing your export format settings, the frame size should be done first followed by key frames and then conclude with frame rate. That is the standard procedure used in making sure nothing goes astray. The right settings should be able to offer the best compromise between qualities of the video playback and file size. That has to be the foundation for adjusting settings for your iMovie export format all the time.

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