How to Prep GoPro Video Files for Editing in iMovie on Mac

GoPro video cameras – Surf Hero, Hero 960, HD Hero 2, HD Hero 3, HD Hero 4 are familiar with everyone whoever has passion for outdoor activities. All the GoPro cameras record .MP4 files (the container), and the files are compressed using the h.264 codec. But it seems that iMovie (including iMovie ’11) does not like the way. The file type is a compressed output format and it’s not ideal for editing. To solve the GoPro Video and iMovie problems, the quick workaround is to convert GoPro MP4 files to iMovie editing-friendly format – Apple InterMediate Codec. Here is how to do it.

First of all, download the app – Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac

Overall, the program is an asy-to-use yet all-in-one video conversion app which can be used as a GoPro camera video converer under OS X Leopard (10.5), Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9), Yosemite (10.10). It is free, clean and safe to install and use. With it, you can effortlessly transcode GoPro MP4 to Apple Intermediate Codec, which will create an iMovie friendly file format keeping the Gopro orginal quality. Besides iMovie, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Sony Vegas, Premiere Element, AVI for Pinnacle Studio, ProRes for FCP, more NLE systems for native editing. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to transcode GoPro HD MP4 files for editing in iMovie 08/09/’11 smoothly.

How to convert GoPro videos to edit in iMovie

Step 1. Add Gopro MP4 video files

Install and launch the GoPro MP4 to iMovie converter and load source MP4 clips to it.

Step 2. Choose output format

Hit the “Format” bar and select iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple InterMediate Codec(*.mov) as output format on the drop-down menu.

Step 3. Video, Audio Settings

In case the default settings do not fit your requirement, you can click “Settings” button and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels. 1920*1080 video size and 30fps frame rate are recommended to you.

Step 4. Start GoPro to iMovie Conversion

Click “Convert” button to start encoding Gopro HD MP4 video to Apple InterMediate Codec .mov for importing to iMovie.

After the conversion, click “Open” button to get the exported files and then import the converted GoPro MP4 files into iMovie(08/09/11) to do further editing without any problems.

Additional Tips:

If you want to edit GoPro video in Final Cut Pro X or FCP 7/6, you just need to choose the “Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)” as output format in the second step; For Avid Media Composer, choose “Avid Media Composer > Avid DNxHD(*.mov)” as output; For Adobe Premiere Pro or Vegas Pro, choose Adobe Premiere/Sony Vegas> MPEG-2(*.mpg) as output.

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