According to Apple, iMovie 11 supports most commonly-used video codecs, including DV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (MP4), H.264, AVCHD and AIC. But the problem is, when you plan to import the MP4 files to iMovie for editing, you may be able to do this, but may be unable to. Confused? Actually, this is due to the MP4 files codec: iMovie prefer MPEG-4 and H.264 codecs instead of others. So if you are unable to locate your MPEG-4 files into iMovie, you could adjust MP4 to iMovie friendly format first. The article would show you how to convert MP4 to iMovie on Mac step by step with EaseFab Video Converter for Mac.

The program an optimized preset - Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) MOV for iMovie for easy access. You can use it to convert all regular video formats like MP4, AVI, MOV, MXF, MTS/M2TS, XAVC, XAVC S, MPG, VOB, etc. to iMovie format while keeping maximum editing quality and efficiency. Besides, it supports various professinal encoders such as ProRes, DNxHD, MPEG-2, WMV to ensure the best results when editing with Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and more. You can do it on All major Mac OS X operating systems, like Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard. Now download it and follow the steps below to convert MP4 to iMovie format.

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How to convert and import MP4 files to iMovie

Step 1. Import MP4 files to the Mac Converter

Download EaseFab Video Converter for Mac and install in your Mac. Launch it when installation complete. Two options provided to get started: drag & drop MP4 files to the Mac app directly, or you can click "Add Video" button to locate the MP4 files you want to add.


Step 2. Choose the optimized preset for iMovie

Select "iMovie" as the output format in the "Editing Software" format list. The program has already optimized the video settings for iMovie. The output videos will keep the original quality of MP4 video.


Step 3. Start MP4 to iMovie conversion

Hit the "Convert" button and this Video Converter for Mac will convert your MP4 rapidly. After the conversion, you can import the output files to iMovie.

Launch iMovie, from the File menu, choose Import > Movies, navigate to the folder that output MP4 videos are saved. Select the files and click "Import".

Bingo! You did it! With this MP4 format to iMovie Video Converter for Mac, you can now import any MP4 files on your Mac or from your video camera to iMovie, easily and rapidly. All MP4 video files can be edited with your favorite iMovie now!