Import/Edit Canon EOS footage in iMovie for new iPad 3
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"I have Canon EOS t2i and I am shooting movies and it stores onto my SD card as mov+thm. I can't seem to upload video from my SD card to my iPad 3. MOV 1280 60fps is my setting on video for my camera. I have the camera connector kit and both things didn't work. And iMovie doesn't recognize my videos either. Help me please."
"Has anyone had success in importing videos to iMovie on iPad? I was told to convert my Canon 550D (T2i) footage to MP4. I managed to sync these conversions to iPad from iTunes, but still I can't find them in iMovie. My mainly purpose was to edit the Canon footage with iMovie. What did I do wrong?"
You might have noticed that the footage taken with Canon EOS cameras (5D/7D/550D/600D/5D Mark III, etc) are saved in .mov format, which should be supported by iPad. However, it turns out that some EOS footage are not all work with iPad.
Check the iPad 3 supported video formats and you'll know that iPad 3 indeed supports "H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats". Some of the Canon EOS cameras (e.g. t2i/550d) can shoot at 60 frames per second which isn't supported. The best way to get your Canon .mov footage with iPad is to set shooting mode to 1080/30fps or 720/30fps. Now how to work with existing 60p footage? Find a guide below.
To Convert Canon 1280x720/60fps footage to 1280x720/30fps video for iPad 3:
1. Back up the Canon .mov shootings to computer.
2. Get an iPad Video Converter installed on your PC/Mac. Here I take Pavtube HD Video Converter for example (it converts faster).
3. Run the Canon MOV to iPad 3 Converter, drag and drop .mov files to the converter.
4. Press on "Format" bar and select "iPad > iPad 3 (New iPad) Full HD Video(*.mp4)" as new iPad 3 best friendly format for editing on iMovie. If you are iPad users, recommended select "iPad > iPad Video H.264(*.mp4)".
5. Click on the big "Convert" button, start convert Canon 550D (T2i) MOV to MP4 for iPad 3.
6. Click "Open" to find converted files after conversion completes.
To Upload Canon footage to iPad 3 for watching:
Connect iPad with your computer. Add those conversions to iTunes movie library and sync converted footage to iPad via iTunes.
To Copy Canon footage to iPad for for editing in iMovie:
1. Copy those conversions back to the DCIM directory of the SD card.
2. Insert the SD card to iPad Camera Connection Kit, and connect the kit to iPad.
3. Now your videos will be detected by iPad automatically, select the footage that you'd like to copy to iPad and then tap Import Selected button.
4. Open iMovie for iOS and you can then find the converted Canon footage in Source area.
Note: The filenames of videos in DCIM should be exactly 8 characters long; otherwise the iPad 3 will not be able to recognize them.