GoPro iMovie Tips-Get GoPro HD/4K Videos to iMovie Yosemite

Published on by Chris King

iMovie won’t import GoPro footage? Is there any way to resolve the GoPro to iMovie on Yosemite issues? This article will give you some hints. 

GoPro iMovie Tips-Get GoPro HD/4K Videos to iMovie Yosemite

Read some relevant issues that about importing videos clips(especially in 4K) from GoPro into iMovie( on Mac Yosemite. In this page, my aim is to outline the best way to import and edit GoPro videos in iMovie under Mac OS X(Yosemite) easily. Get some tips you want now.

First let’s look at a typical issue on GoPro to iMovie under Yosemite: Recently, I’ve been enjoying using my GoPro camera with iMovie to put together silly little videos. I recently upgraded my MacBook to OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and at the same time accepted the automatic upgrade of iMovie to version After doing so, I realized that all my previously-imported GoPro videos wouldn’t play in iMovie anymore, showing as “empty” tracks instead.

After searching online and my multiple testing, some possible solutions turn up. In the first try, I used the GoPro Studio software to export and convert the GoPro MP4 footage into MOV on my iMac. NO luck... I couldn’t import the converted GoPro video into iMovie.

Then, as some guys suggested, I convert GoPro files with QuickTime Pro 7 into QuickTime format file. Good luck. iMovie can import the output .mov videos. But it takes long time. And it cost so much quality. So, I need to find a better solution.

I finally decided to convert all my GoPro files with Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a professional Video Converter for GoPro HD/4K files. It helps me transcode GoPro videos to Apple InterMediate Codec .mov for iMovie with fast encoding speed and without quality loss. And fortunately, the generated AIC MOV is perfectly accepted by iMovie. No more issues.

For those who are facing problems while importing GoPro video from Hero HD, GoPro Hero 2, Hero 3, Hero4 to iMovie on Mac OS X, just read on to get a step-by-step guide on encoding GoPro MP4 clips to iMovie with the best GoPro Video Converter Mac.

Step 1: Install and launch the ideal GoPro to iMovie Converter on your Mac, and then click "Add Files" button to import your GoPro MP4 HD, 4K to the software.

Tip: If you wanna combine GoPro MP4 files into one file, you can click the "Merge into one" box.

Step 2: Hit the "Format" bar and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format on the drop-down menu. You can also click “Settings” icon to adjust video, audio parameters.

Tip: Edit GoPro videos(optional) Far more than a GoPro Video Converter program, it provides some video editing functions: trim video into smaller segments; remove unwanted objects from video; brand your video by embedding a watermark; importing subtitle files in .srt or .sst format to video files.

Step 3: After all the settings are OK, click the "Convert" button to start converting GoPro MP4 videos to iMovie on Mac.

After the conversion, just click Open button to locate the output files. You can now use your converted GoPro videos in iMovie with smooth editing.

Related Guides:

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Comment on this post

Zachary 03/24/2015 09:25

My GoPro .mov files won't import in new version of iMovie. Tried the solution you provide, seems to solve the issue anyhow. Thanks.

Andrzej 03/24/2015 07:43

GoPro videos are fantastic, but they can not be accepted by iMovie. This post is much helpful to me. Thank you!