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Import MPEG to iMovie

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Have some videos in MPEG file format that are compressed using either MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 compression codec and wish to load them into iMovie for basic trimming, touch up, etc but iMovie not read the MPEG files. How to solve the format or codec incompatible issue?

Why iMovie not import MPEG file?

MPEG files often come in different flavors. Some old ones from analogue tapes are usually use the MPEG-1 compression while others copied from DVD video or from Sony Cam are often MPEG-2 video. After searching for iMovie supported file formats, we see that the formats iMovie supports to handle includes: MPEG-4(*.mp4), QuickTime Movie(*.mov), MPEG-2, AVCHD, DV & HDV.

You can check the details in the following sheet

From above lists, we can see that iMovie only accepts MPEG files compressed with MPEG-4 compression codec, you will fail to load MPEG files that compressed using MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 into iMovie due to the codec incompatible issue. If you are looking for a free solution to fix this issue, you can use MPEG Streamclip from squared 5 to convert MPEG-1 to QuickTime MOV files or use Handbrake to convert the MPEG-2 files to iMovie readable MPEG-4 files.

Best editing codec for iMovie editing

Since some iMovie native imported editing formats won’t ensure you an optimal editing experience, here, we highly recommend you to transcode MPEG to iMovie most favorable editing codec – Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC), which features high performance and high quality, being less processor intensive to work with than other editing formats.

Here, you can easily export MPEG to AIC codec for iMovie editing by downloading Pavtube Video Converter for Mac. The program has full importing supporting for MPEG files encoded with both MPEG-1 and MPE-2 compression codec. Thanks for its batch conversion mode, you can load multiple MPEG files into the application for conversion at one time.  

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The program not only assists you to convert MPEG to iMovie supported editing formats, but also assists you to directly export to iMovie most favorable Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC).

Pavtube Video Converter for Mac is pretty simple to use, no matter experienced user or fresh could handle it very well. In addition, it has perfect compatibility with the new macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X El Capitan, Mac OS X Yosemite and Mac OS X Mavericks, etc.

Step by Step to Import and Edit MPEG Files with iMovie

Step 1: Load MPEG-2 files into the application.

Download the free trial version of the program. Launch it on your computer. Click “File” menu and select “Add Video/Audio” or click the “Add Video” button on the top tool bar to import source MPEG files including MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 video files into the program.

Load MPEG files into the application

Step 2: Choose iMovie preferred editing format.

Click “Format” pull down list to select iMovie most favorable editing format “Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” under “iMovie and Final Cut Ex…” main category as the best editing format for iMovie.

Output iMovie most favorable editing codec

Step 3: Edit MPEG videos(optional).

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.

Edit MPEG video

Step 4: Start MPEG to iMovie conversion.
Click “Start conversion” button at the bottom right corner to finish endocing MPEG to AIC .mov for iMovie on Mac.

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


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