How to import MPEG to iMovie for editing(Yosemite/El Capitan)

Published on by Chris King

This article tells you an easy way to convert and import MPEG to iMovie for further editing without problems.

(Updated 14 July, 2016)

How to import MPEG to iMovie for editing(Yosemite/El Capitan)

I have several video files from a Sony camera that I have placed on an external hard drive. The files are .mpg. I found the files are playable through QuickTime, but won’t go into iMovie. How do I import these MPEG files into iMovie? I have researched the web and tried to follow these instructions and finally figured out a quick fix to solve the MPG and iMovie incompatible issue. Learn how to.

According to the Apple official website, iMovie doesn’t support MPG format. In other words, you are unable to locate your MPG files into iMovie directly. You need to find another way to perform the task. As we all know, the most compatible video codec for iMovie is AIC, then transocoding MPEG(MPG) files to AIC with a third party program is an easy way to edit MPG videos in iMovie 08/09/11.

To have an easy and fast conversion process, you’re highly recommended to get Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac, a powerful video converter, editor and player. It offers an optimized preset Apple Intermediate Codec .mov for iMovie for easy access. Besides transcoding MPG to iMovie supported videos with optimized settings while keeping the video quality, the easy-to-use toolkit can convert all other popular video formats like MP4, AVI, MXF, Canon/Nikon DLSR MOV, WMV, MKV, FLV, M2TS, VOB, etc. to iMovie as well as Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Premiere Elements natively supported video formats on Mac OS X (Yosemite, El Capitan included) with fast encoding speed. See how below about converting MPG files to iMovie format.

Converting MPEG to iMovie editable format on Mac

Step 1: Load MPEG video files >> Run the best MPEG to AIC .mov Converter and click Add button to load them for conversion. You can check the “Merge into one” box to join several MPEG files together.



Step 2: Choose output format >> Click “format” bar to select “iMovie and Final Cut Express–> Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov)” as the output format for Mac iMovie.



Step 3: Set proper video/ audio parameters >> Click the “Settings” button and set proper video/ audio parameters. You can reset set the video size, bitrate and frame rate, audio sample rate, audio channel. If you would like to use default settings, simply skip this step.



Step 4: Start encoding MPEG to iMovie >> When you finish all settings, click the “Convert” button to start converting MPEG to AIC .mov for iMovie. After the conversion, you can click “Open” button to get the generated MOV files effortlessly. Now, it’s much easy for you to add MPEG movie to iMovie for further editing.

Additional Tips:
This Mac MPEG Converter can also help you to rewrap MPEG to Avid Media Composer, FCP, FCE, Adobe Premiere Pro, iTunes, QuickTime, etc video editors or players. Just get it; let it aid you solve all the incompatible issues in a minute.

Related Guides:
Convert and Open MPEG in QuickTime
Convert MPEG-2 to ProRes for Editing in Final Cut Pro X

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