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How to Import Camera/Camcorder/iPhone/iPad/iPhoto Video to iMovie on Mac El Capitan?

How to Import Camera/Camcorder/iPhone/iPad/iPhoto Video to iMovie on Mac El Capitan?

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Looking for a full workaround to import videos from various different resources such as camera, camcorder, iPhoto, iPhone, iPad to iMovie for creating Hollywood style-like movies, below article will show you the detailed steps for importing different video into iMovie 08/09/11 one by one.

Import video to iMovie

Import camera/camcorder, SD card or flash drive to iMovie
Import iPhone/iPad video to iMovie
Import iPhoto Video to iMovie

Import camera/camcorder video to iMovie

To import from a camera, camcorder, SD card or flash drive:

-Connect device to Mac with the cable that came with it and then turn on the device. If you are using a camcorder set it to PC Mode. If your device uses an SD card, insert it into the slot on your Mac or into an external card reader.
-Click the Import button in the toolbar on the upper left of iMovie.

import button

-In the Import window, select your device or SD card in the Cameras section or your flash drive in the Devices section of the sidebars. The import Window displays thumbnails on your device. Click Import All or Import Selected
Click Play button to play or pause (or use the Space Bar)
To go to next or previous video, click the Next or Previous button
To fast-forward click Next button and hold down the mouse button
To rewind click the Previous button and hold down the mouse button

To import from a tape-based camera:
-Connect the camcorder to the Mac using the cable that came with it. For best results, it is recommended that you import the video using the same camcorder you used to record. Turn on camcorder and set it to VTR or VCR mode.
-Click the Import button in the toolbar on the left side of iMovie
-To quickly navigate between clips, fast-forward, or rewind, place the pointer over the preview in the top portion of the Import window and do any of the following:
Click Play button to play or pause (or use the Space Bar)
To go to next or previous video, click the Next or Previous button
To fast-forward click Next button and hold down the mouse button
To rewind click the Previous button and hold down the mouse button

Import iPhone/iPad video to iMovie

1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to your Mac via the white sync cable provided. If there is any program running likes video capture or iPhoto, quit it first. Launch iMovie by either double clicking its icon from the Application folder or by clicking the iMovie icon in the dock. Once this is done the iMovie import window should open automatically. You can manually click the camcorder button on your left end of the toolbar to open the import window if it doesn’t open automatically.
2. On the “import window” you will find two options for transferring videos from iPhone to iMovie, i.e automatic and manual. If you want to import selected videos, go to Manual Settings and pick import checked. If you want to import all videos select ‘Automatic’ and then hit “Import All” button.
3. After selecting your option, a dialogue box will pop up and ask you where you want to save the videos, length of the video to be imported and the storage space available on your Mac. You can save them immediately if there is an existing event in your iMovie or you can create a new one. You can choose to stabilize the video by checking in the box, which is optional and then choose the final size by checking in the box. Then hit ” Import” as illustrated in the screenshot above.

Importing will be completed in a short period depending on the number of videos to be imported. When importing is finished, hit “Done” in the iMovie import window and you will see all the movies you have imported in the lower section.

Import iPhoto Video to iMovie

1. Open “iMovie” on your Mac.
2. Click “File” menu.
3. Select “Import” and then “Movies” option.
4. You will see the libraries.
5. Click “Photos” located left side under the Media.
6. You will see all your photos and videos from iPhoto library.
7. Select the video which you want to import to iMovie.
8. Enter the location to save the video in “Save to:” option.
9. Select the size of the video and check mark the “Copy files” option.
10. Click “Import” button.
11. This is how you can import video from iPhoto to iMovie.

Best video formats for iMovie

The videos imported to iMovie from camera/camcorder, iPhone/iPad or iPhoto may come with different codec and formats, but iMovie is limited to read only few file formats, therefore, make sure to convert incompatible video to iMovie supported file formats listed as below:

imovie supported formats

iMovie supported file formats

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