Many of us are confused about why some of the MOV files can be imported to iMovie for editing, while other MOV movies (especially recorded by Nikon or Canon DLSR cameras) fail to be imported to iMovie 11, iMovie 09 or iMovie. So what's the matter? Well, this depends on. iMovie only allows you to import the MOV videos with codec that iMovie can recognize. However, there are different codec existed in different MOV files and not all of these codecs can be supportable by iMovie. That's why you can always see questions like "iMovie won't import MOV files..." come up from time to time.
In this case, I recommend you to use a smart MOV to iMovie video converter for Mac to convert your MOV files to iMovie directly without considering the codec iMovie is compatible with. This step by step tutorial shows you how to do the great job with the reliable Mac Video Converter (compatible with Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, etc.). By running it, there's no need to set the codec by yourself: the Mac program has a optimized preset for iMovie.
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How to convert MOV to iMovie files on Mac
The following is a step by step guide on how to convert MOV video files to iMovie supported format on Mac OS X (Yosemite included). It also applies to convert other videos to iMovie or convert MOV to other video or audio formats.
Step 1. Load MOV files to the program
Go to the folder where you have saved the MOV videos, and then directly drag and drop the video files to the program dock. The files will be imported to the application automatically.
Step 2. Choose the optimized preset for iMovie
Go to Editing Software category and choose iMovie in the format list. The program has already optimized the video settings for iMovie. The output videos will keep the original quality of MOV video.
Step 3. Start MOV to iMovie conversion on Mac OS X
Hit Convert, let this smart Video Converter Mac to do the rest for you! This application is specifically designed for the Mac OS platforms, such as MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on iMac, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, etc.
Step 4. Import converted MOV to iMovie
Launch iMovie, from the File menu, choose Import > Movies, navigate to the folder that output MOV videos are saved. Select the files and click "Import".
Now, start to create your masterpiece in iMovie with MOV movie files!