How-To: Import/Edit Canon Rebel XS MOV footages in iMovie smoothly
Canon entry-level DSLRs are always the best seller in the camera shops, like 1000D (Rebel XS). It is great for us to take high quality images and record vivid full HD videos with it.
As we know, Canon Rebel XS (1000D) records videos in H.264 MOV format. If you have used canon XS camera and recorded many MOV videos, you may need to edit them in iMovie before sharing with others. But, you may encounter problems when you want to import the XS MOV footages to iMovie. Canon XS (1000D) H.264 MOV format is not good for editing in iMovie, iMovie best format is AIC (Apple Intermediate Codec) MOV format, the favorite editing codec of iMovie in advance. The Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) does not use temporal compression, so every frame can be decoded and displayed immediately without first decoding other frames. The drawback of this codec is that it requires much more bandwidth and hard drive storage space. So the best solution is transfer Canon XS MOV footages to iMovie with AIC codec. The following are steps will tell you how to import Canon Rebel XS (EOS 1000D) MOV to AIC MOV for iMovie. This will help you import the file correctly and saving the rendering time.
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Guide- Convert/Import Canon XS .MOV files to iMovie for editing smoothly on Mac
Step 1: Run the best Mac Canon MOV to iMovie Converter and load H.264 MOV clips to it
You can click either “Add Video” button or “Add from folder” button to load source MOV files.
If you want to combine the loaded MOV clips into one file, simply tick off the checkbox before “Merge into one file”.
Step 2: Select “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)” as target format
In order to convert Canon XS MOV to AIC for use in iMovie, simply hit “Format” menu and follow “iMovie and Final Cut Express” > “Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)”.
Step 3: Start H.264 MOV to AIC Conversion
Click the big button “Convert” to start Canon H.264 MOV to AIC Conversion. As soon as the conversion is completed, you are able to click “Open” button to get the generated AIC MOV files for use in iMovie.
Step 4: Import converted Canon Rebel XS (EOS 1000D) MOV to iMovie
Launch iMovie, and then choose File > Import > Movies to import the converted Canon Rebel XS (EOS 1000D) MOV to iMovie for further editing.
Some more helpful features of the app:
1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate（from 1Mbps to 20Mbps）, frame rate (24p/30p).
2. Editor (next to “Add” icon)- click to set deinterlace, denoise, mute, volume up, trim, crop, etc.
So there you have it. Pretty simple! Now Now you are free to load/edit Rebel XS (EOS 1000D) MOV in iMovie under Mac without rending problems.