Having problems importing H.264 to iMovie? This article will show the best way to convert H.264 to Apple InterMediate Codec, so that you can import H.264 files into iMovie for smooth editing work.
I've had huge problems with H.264 and iMovie. I shoot with a Canon EOS and its native video is on H.264 codec. I used to edit by importing the native H.264 footage into iMovie(11), but found trouble when it was really slow and didn't flow smoothly. After a long time research, I got two recommended solutions for editing H.264 in iMovie. And I will show test of these ways below.
Solution 1: Try MPEG Streamclip to encode H.264 to QuickTime
I read some threads about encoding h.264 into .mov. I heard of the program MPEG Streamclip to convert my h.264 videos and export them as a Quicktime. However, when I import the videos with this new codec and try to edit it, it still lags and it's annoying to edit in iMovie program.
Solution 2: Try Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to convert H.264 to Apple InterMediate Codec
This program is an easy-to-use yet professional H.264 Converter for Mac. It's able to convert H.264 files from Canon EOS 70D, Canon 5D Mark III, GoPro Hero, Nikon DSLR to iMovie 8/9/11 more compatible AIC .mov video. With it, you may also encode H.264 to Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Elements, FCE, Adobe Premiere Pro , Avid and more NLE programs highly compatible formats for editing. Download the software to solve your issue.
Converting h.264 files to edit in iMovie
1. Launch the H.264 encoder Mac, you can click "Add" button to load source H.264 files. Convert supports batch conversion, so you are allowed to add multiple files to convert at a time.
2. Click on "Format", and select output format from the drop-down list-iMovie/FCE --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov).
3. Adjust the video and audio parameters, including the Bitrate of Video&Audio, Video Size, Sample Rate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, etc., by clicking the Settings button on the main interface for getting the best quality.
4. Click the convert button to start transcoding H.264 to AIC .mov for iMovie with the best H.264 to iMovie Converter on Mac OS X.
After the conversion, click “Open” to locate the result videos and then launch iMovie, choose File > Import > Movies…, to import the converted H.264 video into iMovie for smooth editing.