Have just finished your editing in iMovie and wish to save the iMovie project to AVI format so that you can enjoy the files on Mac with free AVI players for Mac or transfer and share the project on Windows platform with Windows Media Player or Windows Movie Maker. The following article will share you 2 different ways to export iMovie project to AVI.
Solution 1: Export iMovie project to AVI directly with iMovie itself
You can save your iMovie project to AVI with the built-in export option by following the steps below:
Note: Make sure you are completely happy with your iMovie project, once you export, you will not be able to edit the exported movie.
Step 1: Select a movie, trailer, or clip in the browser.
Step 2: Click the Share button in the toolbar, from its drop-down options, hit “Export using QuickTime” at the top menu bar.
Step 3: In the dialog that appears, type a name in the Save As field.
Step 4: Click the Export and select “Movie to AVI” to export iMovie project to AVI format. Then you can touch the Options button to set other settings for the exported video.
Step 4: Navigate to the location where you want to save the file, and click Save.
Tips: The drawbacks of this solution is that iMovie only supports to export iMovie video to AVI one by one. If you have multiple iMovie videos to save as AVI, it would be very time consuming and tedious.
Solution 2: Convert iMovie to AVI on Mac with video conversion tool
For those people who wish to batch converting multiple iMovie video to AVI or other digital video or audio file formats that iMovie fail to export directly. You can seek help with a third-party Mac video conversion tool. The program here we highly recommended to you is called Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac (review), the program has perfect compatibility with the new Mac OS X El Capitan and macOS Sierra. To save your precious time, you can take good advantage of the batch conversion mode to load multiple iMovie video at one time for converting to AVI video. As for the output options, the program can do you a great favor to transcode iMovie to AVI with various different compression codec such as Xvid AVI, Divx AVI, H.264 AVI or DV AVI and file resolution as Divx HD AVI or HD AVI to satisfy your different usage. Besides AVI, the program also facilitates you to convert iMovie project to WMV, MP4, MOV, MKV, FLV, ASF, etc digital file formats or hot devices and programs preset profile formats.
Adjust output profile parameters
Click “Settings” on the main interface to open “Profile Settings” window, here, you can flexibly choose or specify exactly the parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like to get better output video and audio quality.
With Pavtube HD Video Converter for Mac, you can complete the whole format conversion process with just few clicks thanks to its friendly and easy to navigate interface. In addition, the conversion results produced by the program is pretty high quality, you can’t find any difference between the generated files and the original source video. What’s more, the program is very stable, you can hardly encounter any sudden crashes during the whole conversion process.
Step by Step to Convert iMovie Project to AVI on Mac
Step 1: Load iMovie Project exported files.
Install and Launch the Mac conversion program on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import iMovie Project exported files into the program.
Step 2: Define the output format.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, choose one of your desired AVI file formats according to your own needs.
Output Xvid or Divx AVI
Output HD AVI or Divx HD AVI
Tips: Open “Profile Settings” window, here all the profile parameters including video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc are adjustable to facilitate you to make a balance between the video quality and the file size.
Step 3: Begin the conversion process.
After all setting is completed, hit right-bottom “Convert” button to begin the conversion from Windows Movie Maker files to AVI format conversion process.
When the conversion is completed, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then feel free to play the generate AVI video with free AVI players on Mac or Windows Media Player on Windows platform.