How to import a MOV file into iMovie(Yosemite)

Published on by Chris King

Frustrated when you can't import MOV to iMovie (iMovie 11)? Don’t worry. From this article you will find the answer and learn how to bring MOV video to iMovie without hassle.

How to import a MOV file into iMovie(Yosemite)

iMovie is a fabulous free home movie making program for Mac users. However, when you try to import MOV to iMovie, sometimes iMovie doesn't accept MOV files. Let’s look at some typical MOV to iMovie issues:

“I am unable to import MOV to my newly updated iMovie on Mac OS X Yosemite…”
“I cannot even get iMovie to allow me to select the MOV file to import. The file is saved as .mov and when I search for it, iMovie can find it, but it will not allow me to select it to import into iMovie. Any suggestions?”

According to Apple support website, iMovie does support importing and editing MOV movie files. But it only supports some .mov file which is encoded with DV, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, or AIC. However, MOV is a container, not a codec. It can contain any of the above codecs, but it may also contain other codecs that are not editable in iMovie, such as MPEG-1. If the MOV video is encoded with iMovie unsupported codec, we will fail to import this kind of MOV into iMovie for editing. In order to solve "iMovie can't import MOV" issue and to successfully import various MOV files to iMovie, we had better convert MOV to iMovie more compatible file type like Apple InterMediate Codec.

To achieve your goal, what you need is only a Mac video converter that can convert MOV to iMovie compatible MOV with the right codec. Here Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is highly recommended to help you transfer MOV videos to iMovie even if you're a Mac newbie. This video app can help you encode MOV into a different format AIC .mov with least quality loss. You should then be able to import the new file into iMovie with smooth editing without any trouble. It will ensure a perfect MOV importing, playing and editing workflow with iMovie 8/9/11 on Mac(Yosemite, Mavericks included).

Download the program and follow the step-by-step guide to finish the MOV to iMovie conversion with ease and start your home movie making.

How to Convert MOV files for iMovie Editing smoothly

Step 1: Run MOV to iMovie Converter for Mac and you can import MOV clips to the program through “Add Video” button or “Add from folder” button. If you like, check the “Merge into one” box to join MOV files together.

Step 2: Click on "Format", and select output format from the drop-down list-iMovie/FCE --> Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov).

Tip: If the default settings do not fit you requirement, you can click “Settings” icon to and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start converting MOV to AIC .mov for iMovie on Mac OS X(Yosemite).

When the conversion task is finished, click “Open” button to get the exported files for transferring to iMovie 8/9/11 with easy playback or editing.

Additional Tips: This MOV to iMovie Converter not only can help you convert .mov to iMovie, but also enables anyone with different MOV files to use in any non-linear editor like Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, FCE, Avid Media Composer, etc as long as transcode MOV to a recognizable format.

Related Guides:
Editing MOV video in Premiere Pro CS5/CS6
Open and Work with MOV files in Sony Vegas
What if Sony Vegas Pro 13 only imports audio from .MOV

Comment on this post

Kingc 01/14/2015 12:16

I got some MOV videos stored on Yosemite for importing to iMovie. However, iMovie can not recognize my MOV files. Finally, I am here and use Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac to deal with my videos.

Eusebio 01/12/2015 12:43

Generally MOV is supported by iMovie, but when I import some MOV files to iMovie, the program can't support the file. From your words, I got some clues. I tried your way to convert MOV to AIC codec and then import to iMovie. It worked perfectly. I've now got the full version of Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac.

Patrick 01/08/2015 01:22

Great article! I can import my MOV videos into iMovie without any problem. The MOV files are from Nikon with H.264 codec which may the main reason that makes iMovie reject these MOV files. Thanks a lot!

edward 01/04/2015 13:03

I got some MOV clips but can’t import them to iMovie. Your post gives some clues. It may be due to the codec incompatibility. Converting MOV to Apple InterMediate Codec with Brorsoft video converter for Mac is the way I prefer.