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How to Convert and Import MP4 to iMovie or Export MP4 from iMovie on Mac

by Brian Fisher

How to open MP4 in iMovie?

As a quite hot file extension, MP4 is widely used for saving media data and can be found in lots of places online or offline, which means, you may download MP4 videos from video sharing sites such as YouTube and Fox or shared some MP4 videos from others. But the problem with MP4 is, when you plan to edit the MP4 file with iMovie, you may be able to do this but may be unable to. So what's the matter? Well, this depends. Some hybrid camcorders can capture video footage in both the MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 formats. If your camcorder has captured video footage in both formats, iMovie may only recognize the MPEG-2 movies when accessing the footage from the Camera Import window. MPEG-4 movies recorded with these devices may not be shown. Don't worry. This page will help you successfully import MP4 to iMovie with simple steps, and the method to convert MP4 to iMovie supported formats.

Part 1. How to Convert and Import MP4 to iMovie on Mac (with step-by-step guide)

Actually, this is due to the MP4 files codec: iMovie prefers 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 file. The article would show you how to convert and import MP4 to iMovie on Mac step by step with a professional MP4 to iMovie Converter for Mac (macOS 10.15 Catalina, 10.14 Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion included) - UniConverter. By running it, there's no need to set the codec by yourself: the program has an optimized preset for iMovie (iMovie 11 included):

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[3 Steps] How to Convert MP4 to iMovie on Mac with the Best MP4 to iMovie Converter

Step 1. Import MP4 files into the iMovie converter

Here you can directly drag & drop the MP4 files to the converter, or use "Add Files" to load the MP4 video files. This MP4 to iMovie converter also allows you to directly import from mobile devices, for this, just click the drop-down icon beside.

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Step 2. Pick iMovie as the output format

Select the "MOV" format from the "Output Format" tab. Moreover, the Mac program has some simple edit functions like cropping, splitting, adding effects, etc. Learn details in the Guide of UniConverter for Mac

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Step 3. Start MP4 to iMovie conversion

Now click the "Convert" button or "Convert All" button at the bottom right, and then leave the MP4 to iMovie Converter to do the rest automatically for you. The converter works on MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, and Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.

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Tips: How to import videos to iMovie

1. In iMovie, Choose "File" > "Import" > "Movies"
2. Drag media file directly to the left zone in the iMovie main interface

If you have some old iMovie projects and want to involve the converted files into it, just go to "project library" and find your target one, and then also follow the two steps. If you are about to add photos to your project, click the convert mp4 to iMovie button on the right of the interface and find your photos in iPhoto.

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Part 2: How to Export iMovie to MP4

Failed to save iMovie as MP4? Take it easy. iSkysoft iMovie to MP4 Video Converter must be the best solution for you to convert iMovie to MP4. Before converting videos, you are able to edit them, such as add subtitles or watermarks, crop or trim video, and so on. If necessary, you can freely change the parameter settings of the output video as you need.

[3 Steps] How to Save iMovie as MP4 with UniConverter

If you are looking for a solution for 'iMove export MP4', just read the following guides. Here shows you the best way to convert iMovie to MP4 step by step. But first of all, please download the iMovie converter on your computer to proceed (Click the Free Download button below). Now let's begin!

Step 1. Import iMove video to the converter

Launch UniConverter. Add the iMove video that you want to export to MP4 to it by dragging the file. Or click the Add Files option to load the video from your computer.

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Step 2. Choose MP4 as output format

Now simply set the output format. Choose Video and find the MP4 option. Select a resolution that you want, including the same as source, 4K, HD, SD, etc.

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Step 3. Start converting iMovie to MP4 on Mac

Click the Convert or Convert All if you have added more than 1 video at one time. It will take seconds to help you convert iMovie to MP4! That's it!

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