As a quite hot file extension, MP4 is widely used for saving media data and can be found in lots of places online or off line, 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 on. 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.
- Part 1. Best Way to Convert and Import MP4 to iMovie on Mac
- Part 2. How to Export Videos from iMovie to MP4
Part 1. Best Way to Convert and Import MP4 to iMovie on Mac
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 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 Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard included), by running it, there's no need to set the codec by yourself: the Mac program has a optimized preset for iMovie (iMovie '11 included):
Get the Best MP4 to iMovie Video Converter:
- Convert MP4 videos to various formats that supported by different editor, like iMovie, Final Cut Pro, QuickTime, Windows Movie Makers, etc.
- Support to convert MP4 to most HD and standard video formats, such as MOV, FLV, AVI, MKV, M4V, etc.
- Extract audio from MP4 videos to MP3, M4A, WAV, AAC, AIFF, WMA, etc.
- Burn MP4 videos to DVD whenever you want.
- Download videos from online websites, including YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Vevo, Dailymotion, AOL, Metacafe, Break, and so on.
3 Steps to Convert MP4 to iMovie on Mac with iSkysoft iMedia Converter Deluxe
Step 1. Import MP4 files into the Mac program
Here you can directly drag & drop the MP4 files to the converter, or go to "File" menu then choose "Load Media Files" to load the MP4 phone files.
Step 2. Pick iMovie as the output format
You can directly choose the preset for iMovie which has been supplied by the MP4 to iMovie Mac Converter. The setting also works for iMovie '08, iMovie '09, iMovie '11, and iMovie HD etc. Moreover, the Mac program has some simple edit functions like cropping, splitting, adding effects etc. Learn details in the Guide of iMedia Converter Deluxe for Mac.
Step 3. Start MP4 to iMovie conversion on Mac OS X (El Capitan included)
Now click the "Convert" button, and then leave the MP4 to iMovie Mac Video Converter to do the rest automatically for you. The converter works on MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac powered by Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, or Snow Leopard.
After the MP4 to iMovie Mac conversion, you can freely use your MP4 files on iMovie '08, iMovie '09, iMovie '11, iMovie HD etc. Also see the step-by-step video tutorial below.
Video Tutorial on How to Convert MP4 to iMovie on Mac
Part 2: How to Export Videos from iMovie to MP4
Failed to export iMovie videos to MP4? Take it easy. iSkysoft iMovie to MP4 Converter must be the best solution for you to convert any iMovie videos 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.
Optional: Online Tool to Convert MP4 to iMovie
If you want to convert MP4 videos to iMovie supported format without installing a desktop software program, just try this online MP4 to iMovie converter below:
Note: Because the online tool doesn't support "https", so if the content below was blank, please manually click the "Shield" icon on the right of your browser address bar to load the script. This action is secure without any harm to your data or computer.
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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 button on the right of the interface and find your photos in iPhoto.