Tricks for Smoothly Editing GoPro MP4 files in iMovie

  1. 2 years ago

    Summary: If you have any issue when importing GoPro HD Hero 3, Hero 2 MP4 files to iMovie, just follow this simple guide, which offers you a quick fix for the problems with GoPro video and iMovie.


    GoPro has added a new model to its Hero line- Hero3+. Are you considering get one? In fact, GoPro is the world’s first true 1080P HD and best selling wearable camera which includes Helmet hero, , Surf hero, Hero 960, Hero 2, Hero 3. As GoPro HD hero series cameras generate high quality action image, you may always use it to capture and share exciting images of outdoor activity. Well, when got some GoPro recordings, you will probably want to know how to import GoPro videos to iMovie with a smooth working process? Now, seek for the answer from the following paragraphs.

    As you know, the GoPro cameras record .MP4 files (the container), and the files are compressed using the h.264 codec. But it seems that iMovie (including iMovie 11) does not like the way. The file type is a compressed output format; it’s not ideal for editing in NLE system. To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode MP4 files to iMovie natively supported format Apple InterMediate Codec. MOV. Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly. Here I share a simple guide on how to convert GoPro HD MP4 files for iMovie editing smoothly.

    Download Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac - The program works as the best GoPro Mac Video Converter. It helps you fast transcode GoPro Hero3+, GoPro HD Hero3, Hero2 MP4 footage to iMovie preferred formats AIC .mov with fast encoding speed and without quality loss. What’s more, it’s the optimal tool for transcoding GoPro, Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, etc camera or camcorder videos to kinds of NLE programs Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premier Pro, Final Cut Pro, FCE and more. Just download it and follow the simple guide to achieve your goal.

    Guide: Converting GoPro MP4 footage for iMovie

    1. Add Gopro MP4 video files > Install and launch the GoPro MP4 to iMovie converter and load source MP4 clips to it.


    2. Choose output format > Hit the "Format" bar and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format on the drop-down menu.


    3. Video, Audio Settings > In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings" button and enter “Profile Settings" panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. 1920*1080 video size and 30fps frame rate are recommended to you.

    4. Start GoPro to iMovie Conversion > Click “Convert" button to start encoding Gopro HD MP4 video to Apple InterMediate Codec .mov for importing to iMovie.

    After the conversion, click “Open" button to get the exported files and then import the converted GoPro MP4 files into iMovie(08/09/11) to do further editing without any problems.

    Additional Tips:

    If you want to edit GoPro video in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6, you just need to choose the "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format in the second step; For Avid Media Composer, choose "Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)" as output; For Adobe Premiere Pro or Vegas Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output.

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    Source:Converting GoPro HD Hero2/Hero3(+) video for iMovie 11/8/9

  2. Technically, iMovie does import MP4 video. However, iMovie only import MP4 files that are encoded with MPEG4/AAC or H.264/AAC data. And yet, MP4 is a video container format that may contain various audio and video codec (and sometimes even subtitle streams included). If the MP4 file is not encoded with iMovie support codec, iMovie will refuse to import this kind of MP4 video.

    In order to successfully import all kinds of MP4 files to iMovie , a recommended solution is to convert iMovie unrecognized MP4 to iMovie supported video format.

  3. iMovie only supports importing MP4 formats with MPEG4/AAC or H.264/AAC data, not all kinds of MP4 formats. Beside, iMovie contains all the essential codecs to read MP4 files. Any different codecs included in audio and subtitle will cause the issue.

    To import various of mp4 files to imovie, you'd better to convert them to iMovie more compatible formats.

  4. 7 months ago

    Summary: Can't import MP4 files to iMovie for further editing but iMovie won't accept your files? Here you'll get the solution to put MP4 files onto iMovie.


    Generally, iMovie accepts MP4 movies, including iTunes MP4, YouTube MP4, some camcorder MP4 files, etc. However, still there are some MP4 videos iMovie won't recognize due to unsupported codecs. Actually, this is due to the MP4 files codec: iMovie prefer MPEG-4 and H.264 codecs instead of others. If you can't import MP4 to iMovie , you need to convert MP4 files to iMovie acceptable video files and then transfer the converted MP4 videos to iMovie for editing.

    As we know, the best format for iMovie is Apple Intermediate Codec encoded MOV. Thus, you can convert MP4 to iMovie highly compatible AIC format so as to load your videos for editing. Here Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is recommended as the best Mac video conversion tool to convert MP4 videos for loading to iMovie(iMovie 11) without any troubles on Mac OS X (Mavericks). With it, you can easily transcode MP4 to Apple Intermediate Codec .MOV, which ensures maximum editing quality and efficiency when working with iMovie. The all-in-one toolkit can also convert among all popular video format like AVI, MKV, VOB, WMV, FLV, etc. for conveniet editing and playing on Mac OS X. Now follow the guideline below, you can convert and import MP4 files to iMovie easily and successfully.

    How to convert and import MP4 to iMovie

    1. Add MP4 files

    Run the Video Converter. Directly drag and drop the VOB files which you want to convert to the main display window of the program. To save your time, you can load multiple files at a time for this program supports batch conversion. You can also merge several files into one.


    2. Select the output format

    Click "format" bar, choose iMovie/FCE -- > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the output format. The output video can be imported to iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08 directly.


    Tip: Furthermore, you are provided some useful edit functions cropping, trimming, adding watermark, attaching subtitles for pre-editing your video files so that you can simplify your iMovie editing.

    3. Start the MP4 to iMovie conversion

    After all the settings are done, click the Convert button to start converting your MP4 videos to AIC MOV for iMovie. The conversion will finish soon if your videos are too large.

    After the conversion, click "Open" to locate the result videos and then launch iMovie, choose File > Import > Movies..., to import the converted MP4 video into iMovie; prepare for editing. You will find that it's just a piece of cake to edit MP4 files in iMovie.

    iMovie supported formats

    The following formats can be recognized by iMovie: DV, DV Widescreen, HDV 1080i (25 and 30 fps), HDV 720p (25 and 30 fps), MPEG 4 Simple Profile and iSight. If your videos are in these formats but iMovie still doesn't accept them, you will need to re-encode the videos.

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    Source: How to Solve iMovie Won't Import MP4 files

  5. 4 months ago

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