The long form of DSLR is Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera. Importing videos from DSLR to iMovie is very easy. Just check whether your DSLR camera is compatible with iMovie or not.
Some main formats that iMovie/FCE supported are allowed below:
List of iMovie/FCE exported video formats:
Part 1: Here are the steps to import videos from a compatible DSLR to iMovie.
1.Turn ON your DSLR and set it to import mode.
2.Connect the camera to your computer.
3.When you connect your camera to computer, it will automatically open the “iPhoto”.
4.If iPhoto opens, close it.
5.Open “iMovie” and Select “File” > “Import” > “Movies”.
6.A pop-up window opens up. Click the name of your device located at the left side of the window.
7.Click the appropriate folders to navigate to the videos located on your camera.
8.Select the videos which you want to import.
9.Choose the disk where you want to store the video from the “Save to” pop-up menu.
10.Organize the imported video in your “Event Library”.
a) To add the imported video to an existing Event, select “Add to Existing Event”, and then choose its name from the pop-up menu.
b) To create a new Event, type a name for it in the “Create new Event” field. If you want to create a new Event for each day on which the video was recorded, select “Split days into new Events”.
11.Click “Import” button.
12.All your videos will now be imported to iMovie.
Tips: Use Final Cut Pro X to load Videos, Photos and Audios from your DSLR
Part 2: How could we deal those incompatible DSLR videos with iMovie?
As you see, we have listed so many kinds of supported ones of iMovie/FCE above, someone may ask how could we do with those unsupported ones? Don’t worry here, we just need to convert these videos to AIC MOV, which is the best format for iMovie/FCE. Fortunately, we here have the Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (review), which has the strong ability of converting incompatible videos to suitable ones with stable capacity. This is a good alternative for importing video to iMovie and it supports many formats.
- Pavtube old official address: http://www.pavtube.com/hd-video-converter-mac/
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- AppStore Download: https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/pavtube-hd-video-converter/id502792488?mt=12
- Cnet Download: http://download.cnet.com/Pavtube-HD-Video-Converter/3000-2194_4-76177786.html
How to import incompatible videos from DSLR to iMovie?
Step 1: Download and have a quick installation. The trial version will have a watermark on your converted files. Except for that, there are no time limitation, no virus, and no unnecessary bundle apps while downloading. After that, click “Add Video” button to load your original files. You can load several files at once thanks to “Add from folder” button.
Step 2: Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “iMovie and Final Cut Express”. Choose “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” as output format.
Step 3: Click “Settings” button to customize the output video and audio settings by yourself. But if you are not good at it, you’d better use the default parameters, they will ensure you a good balance between file size and image quality basically. You can change the resolution, bit rate, frame rate as you need.
Step 4: Click “Convert” button on the bottom of the screen to start DSLR incompatible videos to AIC MOV conversion process. The amount of time it takes will vary based on your system’s hardware and the quality settings you selected.
Conclusion: When the conversion is done, you can click “Open” to get your generated files. Now, you can edit incompatible DSLR videos in iMovie/FCE without any hassles.