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Solution for Importing Videos from Camera to iMovie (iMovie 11 Included)

Solution for Importing Videos from Camera to iMovie (iMovie 11 Included)

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Have one camera or camcorder at hand? Like recording with camera or camcorder? Yeah, after recording videos by camera or camcorder, you can import them into some popular editors like iMovie on Mac. iMovie is available for importing camcorder video shots into for editing directly. And to import video from camcorders into iMovie (iMovie 11 included), read on this guide on learn the tips. 

Part 1. Connect camcorder video to computer 

Step 1: Connect your camcorder to Mac. 
Step 2: Set your camcorder in PC or computer mode. 
Step 3: Generally speaking, iMovie will launch automatically and an import window will pop up to ask you to import your cam videos. Occasionally, a DVD based camcorder will launch the Apple DVD Player automatically, it’s fine, close it before continuing. If the video editor for Mac didn’t opened, open it manually. 


A. If you want to import your video from a Tapeless Camcorder like DVD based camcorder, you may see your clips presented in the import window, set the switch at the bottom left corner of the window to Automatic and click Import All, and if you switch to Manual, you can deselect some clips you don’t want to use and click Import selected. 

B. If you want to import video from a DV or HDDV, a single view window will appear. To simply import the DV video into your iMovie, you can set Automatic mode, then click Import. After that, iMovie will automatically import your DV video into. On the popup window, you can customize the destination to the main drive of your Mac or the Firmware drive connected to the Mac. Rename the event and set the video resolution for importing. It’s possible for you to import the video clips into an existing event. Click OK. 

Part 2: Solve iMovie Can’t Recognize your Camcorder video 

As we know, the camcorder recording video formats are different like XAVC, XAVC S, AVCHD, MOV, MP4, MXF etc. Some of them are not friendly with iMovie. Until now you may find it’s a little bit troublesome to find out the best video format for your iMovie, and you wonder if only there is a solid tool to help you to convert any video to iMovie best video format regardless of iMovie version and operating systems. Fortunately, Here Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac can deliver you a whopping help. 

Here firstly I would like to illustrate you the best video format for iMovie. 


Close to Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac 

Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac is a professional yet unparalleled video program that can grant you to easily convert any video (HD&SD) from camera/camcorder to iMovie supported video format like MXF to iMovie, AVCHD to iMovie, XAVC S to iMovie, MP4 to iMovie, AVI to iMovie and more on Mac (macOS Sierra, El Capitan Yosemite, Mavericks, Lion included) with world’s NO.1 fast speed. 

Besides, it also can provide output format for FCP(X/7/6), Premiere Pro/Sony Vegas Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Apple Aperture 3, Avid Media Composer etc for nice importing and editing. Plus, what else worth a mention is that this video to iMovie converter for Mac now can edit your camera footages with some popular editing functions: split, merge, trim, crop, add watermark, adjust video effect, edit audio and insert subtitles etc. 


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How to Import all Camcorder Files to iMovie without any problems? 

Step 1. Connect the camcorder 

Using a firewire cable, connect the camcorder to your computer and wit for the files to be visible in the explorer. 

Step 2. Load the video files 

Drag your camcorder files to your converter. You can also use the “File” > “Load Files” function and select your files. 


Step 3. Choose iMovie format 

Click the “Format” bar to get the drop-down menu and you can get “iMovie and Final Cut Express>>Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”. 



1. 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. 

2.By clicking “Edit selected task” button, you can trim, crop the video, or add watermark, adjust effect, attaching subtitles for pre-editing your video files so that you can simplify your iMovie editing. 

Trim – Choose to reserve the part you need. Just choose the chapter which you need to trim, to set “start time” or “end time”, type the portion which you want to save. 
Crop – Remove black edges of your video or just get the scale of this video you want. 
Effect – Adjust the effects by adjusting the parameters 
Audio Editor – You can replace/remove original audio, and set audio fade in/out effects. 
Subtitle – You can add *.srt or *.ass/*.ssa subtitles to the video as hard subtitles. 

Step 4: Click the “Convert” button on the main interface if you have done all the preparation work. OK, everything is ready, you can get the generated files by clicking “Open” button and instantly edit camera files in iMovie smoothly. Have a try. 

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