How to convert MPG into iMovie on a Mactonish

Published on by Chris King

This article will show you how to easily and quickly convert MPG into iMovie supported video formats on Mac OS X (Mavericks and Mountain Lion), so you can play & edit MPG files in iMovie smoothly.



In usual, I like do some editing with my source videos including MTS, MXF camera/camcorder recordings, or some other common files like AVI, MP4, MPG, etc and then upload to YouTube to share. But a problem has troubled me for days: I uploaded some videos from my Sony Cam to my Macbook Air, but can't import these .mpg to iMovie. What I can do is to search further and widely to find out a quick fix.

By online searching, I got know that I’m not alone. Many people have come across this problem. Here let's talk about why some MPEG videos are not supported by iMovie and how to transfer MPG to iMovie on Mac OS X (Mavericks included).

In fact, iMovie generally can recognize MPEG files. However, if your MPG files are mixed (multiplexed) MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 videos, iMovie won't accept them because of the codec incompatibility. On this occasion, you need to convert MPEG format to iMovie compatible formats like MOV, so as to edit your videos in iMovie. To achieve that, a video conversion application that can convert MPG videos to iMovie is needed.

Here Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac is recommended as the best choice to help your change MPG to iMovie. Simply add your videos, select iMovie as the output format and you'll get videos that are highly compatible with iMovie (iMovie 11) in a few minutes. It will ensure a perfect MPG importing, playing and editing workflow with iMovie 8/9/11 on Mac(Mavericks). In addition, it can convert MPEG to FCP, FCE, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro or other file formats MKV, FLV, WMV, AVI, VOB, 3GP, etc. Download the program and finish your task soon by following the steps below.

How to Convert MPG files for Editing in iMovie smoothly

Step 1: Import MPG videos

Run MPG to iMovie Converter and you can import MPG/MPEG clips to the program through “Add Video” button or “Add from folder” button. If you like, check the “Merge into one” box to join MPG clips together.


Step 2: Choose iMovie compatible format

When the files are loaded, you can simply choose "iMovie and Final Cut Express -> Apple InterMediate Codec (AIC) (*.mov)" as the output video format, in this option all the key specs like video resolution, frame rate, bitrate has been optimized for using in iMovie.


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: Start MPG to MOV Conversion for iMovie

Click “Convert” button to start encoding MPG to AIC .mov for iMovie on Mac OS X.

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

Comment on this post

steven 03/18/2015 07:18

Nice post, I can not transfer my MPG videos into iMovie without any problem after using the tool mentioned in this article. Great!

Joseph 03/17/2015 10:00

When I add a MPG video to iMovie, the program won’t support the format. By using Brorsoft video converter for Mac your recommend, my MPG is converted to AIC .mov. Now it’s easy to drag the video to iMovie timeline for editing. Thanks.

obat wasir 11/28/2014 05:21

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