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How to Make MPEG-4 files Workable with iMovie ( El Captian )

Here is the guide about how to convert MPEG-4 to Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) on Mac OS X , MPEG-4 Converter can convert MPEG-4 to AIC MOV and many other formats with fast speed. Read on!

MPEG-4 is the new worldwide standard for interactive multimedia creation, delivery,and playback for the Internet. It was defined by the MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group) com-mittee, the working group within the International Organization for Standardization(ISO) that specified the widely adopted, Emmy Awardñwinning standards known as MPEG-1 and MPEG-2. MPEG-4 is the result of an international effort involving hundreds of researchers and engineers. MPEG-4, whose formal designation is ISO/IEC 14496, was finalized in October 1998 and became an international standard in early 1999.


I have some MPEG-4 files which I would like to bring into iMovie.

I’ve never done this before. I also notice that the audio left and right are separate channels. But I don’t even care about the audio, I just want to bring in the video.

How would you do this?

Thanks for your help!”

To get the work done, you can take Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, which is one of the best Mac MP4 to AIC converter tool for you. The program comes with optimized format for iMovie, which enable you to transcode MP4 to AIC .mov for using in iMovie directly without any rendering or codec problems. Besides, this program also supports converting videos for Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and more editing programs on Mac. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to convert MPEG-4 files to iMovie 11 on Mac(Mavericks).

(Note: Click here for OS X 10.5)

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How to Transfer MPEG 4 video clips to iMovie on Mac

Step 1. Load MPEG-4 files

Drag & drop MPEG-4 files to the program directly. Or go to the "File" menu, choose "Add Video" to locate the MPEG-4 files you want to add. You can add several files to do batch conversion.

Step 2. Select the output format

Click on “Format”, and select output format from the drop-down list. Follow and select iMovie/FCE – > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov) as the output format.

Click “Settings” button if you’d like to customize advanced audio and video parameters like Video Codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, Audio codec, sample rate, audio channels.

Step 3. Start MPEG-4 to iMovie conversion on Mac

Click convert button to start transcoding MPEG-4 to Apple InterMediate Codec .mov on Mac.

Step 4. Import MPEG-4 into iMovie 11

After the conversion, click "Open" to locate the result videos and then launch iMovie,choose File > Import > Movies..., to import the converted MPEG4 video into iMovie; prepare for editing. You will find that it's just a piece of cake to edit MPEG4 files in iMovie.

With the MPEG-4 to iMovie converter, you can easily encode MPEG-4 files to iMovie for editing. This software runs fast, so you can convert your source MPEG 4 footages to iMovie in less time, and video and audio synchronization is perfectly guaranteed.

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