Open and Convert QuickTime .MOV to iMovie 11 on Mac (Yosemite, Mavericks)

Summary: Have trouble importing MOV into iMovie(iMovie 11) for further editing? Fortunately, there is an easy way to fix the MOV and iMovie incompatibility issue.

How do I import MOV files into iMovie saved in my iPhoto? When I open the .mov file, the movie will only play in my QuickTime viewer. How do I change the format so it is compatible with iMovie? iMovie will not let me import these MOV files or drag & drop then into the program. Searched widely and I got some tech support for how to load MOV files into iMovie correctly.

Although some MOV files like QuickTime .mov, H.264 .mov, or AIC .mov can be imported directly into iMovie, other MOV videos encoded like in MPEG-1, Xvid still can’t be imported into iMovie in a direct way due to incompatibility. To solve the issue, more than people suggest converting MOV to iMovie more compatible file type e.g. Apple InterMediate Codec with Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.

Overall, it is a powerful video converter, editor and player. It offers an optimized preset Apple Intermediate Codec .mov for iMovie for easy access. Besides transcoding MOV to iMovie supported videos with optimized settings while keeping the video quality, the all-in-one and easy-to-use toolkit can convert all other popular video formats like MPG, MP4, AVI, MXF, WMV, MKV, FLV, M2TS, VOB, etc. to iMovie natively supported video formats on Mac OS X (Mavericks and Yosemite included) with fast encoding speed. See how below about converting MOV files to iMovie format.

How to Convert MOV to iMovie supported videos

Step 1: Load MOV video files to the MOV to iMovie Converter program by clicking “Add” button, or drag the MPOV videos to the software directly.

Step 2: Click “format” bar to select “iMovie and Final Cut Express–> Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)” as the output format for Mac iMovie.

Tip: Before conversion, you can click the “Settings” icon to customize the video/audio settings for iMovie. If you want to get a smaller ones, please decrease the video size from 1920*1080 to 1440*1080 or 1280*720.

Step 3: Click the Convert icon under the preview window, and the program will start transcoding MOV to AIC for iMovie 08/09/11.

When the conversion is finished, you can click "Open" button to get the generated AIC .mov files effortlessly. Afterwards, you can launch iMovie, and then choose File > Import > Movies to import converted MOV clips into iMovie for further editing.

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Comments: 16
  • #1

    Rick (Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:43)

    I wann know why my H.264 MOV videos can not be imported to iMovie? Anyway, I have used Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to encode them into AIC and edited in iMovie withour problem. Thank you!

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