Common Problems When Importing AVI files to iMovie:
Q: I imported an AVI file to iMovie, and it goes through the copying process, but nothing showes up on screen.
Q: AVI played just fine in QuickTime, but they “grey out” in the import window, so I couldn’t import to iMovie.
Q: I can import my AVI clips into iMovie, but when I play them, there’s an image but no sound.
Q: My AVI plays smoothly in QuickTime, but in iMovie, I get audio but no picture.
AVI is one of the most used file formats for saving video files online and offline. And most of AVI videos is either downloaded from the Internet or taken by your cameras. All in all, iMovie only reads AVI that both the audio and the video were compressed by using a codec that iMovie can recognize. If your AVI video files are not imported, it’s because of the codec used to create the AVI file is not supported by iMovie, even if you have Perian installed, which only allows you to play AVI in QuickTime. If you want to edit AVI in iMovie, the easy option is would be converting the AVI files to an iMovie compatible format.
The article would show you how to convert and import AVI to iMovie on Mac step by step with a professional and easy-to-use program entitled Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac (El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard included). By running it, there’s no need to set the codec by yourself: the Mac program has a optimized preset for iMovie (iMovie ’11 included).
If you’re editing with iMovie ’11, iMovie ’08, or iMovie ’09, chances are you already installed this great utility. If not, download it from here. Now see what the workflow look like.
3 Steps to convert AVI to AIC MOV for iMovie on Mac
Step 1. Import AVI files to the program
Here you can directly drag & drop the AVI files to the converter, or click “Add Video” or “Add From Folder” button to load your source AVI video files. You can check the “Merge into one file” box to join several AVI videos together.
NOTE: Batch conversion is supported, so you can load more than one file to save time.
Step 2. Select output format for iMovie
You can directly choose the preset for iMovie by clicking “Format” > iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC)(*.mov) which has been supplied by the AVI to iMovie Mac Converter. The setting also works for iMovie ’08, iMovie ’09, iMovie ’11, and iMovie HD etc. Moreover, the Mac program has some simple edit functions like cropping, splitting, adding effects etc.
Step 3. Start AVI to iMovie conversion on Mac OS X (El Capitan included)
Now click the “Convert” button, and then leave the AVI to iMovie Mac Video Converter to do the rest automatically for you. The converter works on MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac powered by El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, or Snow Leopard.
After the AVI to iMovie Mac conversion, you can freely use your AVI files on iMovie ’08, iMovie ’09, iMovie ’11, iMovie HD etc.