With the rising popularity of camcorders, especially the HD camcorders, Apple has made greater efforts to ensure that videos shoot from camcorders can be easily imported into iMovie for editing; however, if you want to import some HD camcorder videos into iMovie, you will need a Mac with an Intel-based Core Duo processor or better. Even meeting this requirement, there is still difficulty in importing some of camcorder video format to iMovie especially the high definition format 1080p recorded from AVCHD camcorders. '11, '09, '08?
As too many video formats exist from different camcorders, there must be problems when dealing with such videos. So in this tutorial, we will show how to import HD camcorder videos to iMovie with iFunia Video Converter for Mac step by step.
When HD camcorder video is compatible with iMovie
1. Connect HD camcorder to your Mac and it shows up as a drive on the desktop
2. Run iMovie, then import the camcorder video to iMovie by clicking File > Import > Movies.
When HD camcorder videos are not recognizable by iMovie
If the camcorder video files grey out when you try to import them to iMovie, you need to convert them to iMovie compatible video formats. Of course, to do the video conversion, you need a professional app. Here the professional Video Converter for Mac is strongly recommended. With it, just in a few clicks you could successfully upload HD camcorder videos to iMovie.
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Step 1. Import HD camcorder footage to Camcorder Video Converter
Copy HD camcorder footage to your computer, then click "Add Files" button to import HD camcorder videos to iFunia Video Converter for Mac. Or you can also drag your HD camcorder video file directly to the main interface.
Step 2. Select iMovie compatible output format
Click "Output Format" button, then select "Apple Software –MOV - QuickTime(*.mov)" from the drop-down list. And this Camcorder Video to iMovie converter will automatically set the best video / audio parameter for you. You needn't worry about what settings are better for iMovie.
Step 3. Start converting HD camcorder video to iMovie supported video
Press "Start" button, it will perfectly start converting camcorder Video to iMovie supported format video. After finish camcorder video to iMovie conversion, you can import the converted camcorder video to iMovie by clicking File > Import > Movies.