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How to Fix iMovie Won't Import MP4 files

Though iMovie is a great program for viewing, editing videos in Mac and it claims to support MPEG-4 files, there are some problems when you want to edit MP4 in iMovie, right? Many people like you find that sometime iMovie won't recognize and import MP4 files at all or it only shows audio track, no image. Don't worry about it! Let's have a look at how to work kinds of MP4 videos with iMovie without any problems.

As we know, it is impossible to determine the type of streams in an MPEG-4 file based on its filename extension alone. In other words, you can't make sure iMovie can perfectly import different MP4 files with kinds of video, audio codec it may contain. Therefore, you may have some clues why people always meet difficulty in importing mp4 into iMovie. To add and edit MP4 files in iMovie (iMovie 11), you need to convert MP4 to iMovie friendly format first and then import the converted files to iMovie.

Brorsoft iMedia Converter for Mac can be of great help in this task. With it, you can easily transcode MP4 to Apple Intermediate Codec .MOV, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie. The all-in-one toolkit can also convert among all popular video format like AVI, MKV, VOB, WMV, FLV, etc. for convenient editing and playing on Mac OS X (Mavericks and Yosemite included). Besides, this program also supports some video editing functions. With these function, you can crop the frame size, add watermark, load subtitle, merge several videos into one file, etc. Click the Download button below to get the program and check out the easy steps to convert and import MP4 to iMovie without any troubles.

Download the Mac MP4 to iMovie converter:

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How to convert MP4 files to iMovie compatible AIC MOV

Step 1. Add MP4 files

Run the MP4 to iMovie converter. Directly drag and drop the MP4 files which you want to convert to the main display window of the program. To save your time, you can load multiple files at a time for this program supports batch conversion. You can also merge several files into one.


Step 2. Select the output format

Click "format" bar, choose iMovie/FCE -- > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the output format.


Tip: Click the Settings icon to adjust video and audio parameters on the Profile Setting as you need to get the best quality video.


Step 3. Convert MP4 to iMovie format

In the end, click the Convert button to start the MP4 to AIC .mov conversion. Then wait for the conversion to be done. The program will show you how much time is needed to finish the conversion. Generally, it won't take a long time.

After that, just open iMovie and from the toolbar click on File - Import - Movies to get the converted videos into iMovie for further editing.

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