Convert GoPro Hero5 4K to iMovie for Editing

In this article you will learn the best way to import and editGoPro Hero5 4K files in iMovie with native supported codec and format, you will be able to edit GoPro 4K videos in iMovie on Mac OS X smoothly.

gopro-hero-5-imovieIf you are a outdoor activity lover, you would be familiar with GoPro Hero5 video camera. The point here, you will find it a painful experience to import and edit GoPro 4K with iMovie. There are some frequently asked questions quoted as below:

Q1: only as the sound but no vision

I have several hours of footage taken with a GoPro Hero5 at 4K (mp4) and am trying to create my first movie, but frustratingly they show up only as the sound but no vision when I import these MP4 files to iMovie?

Q2: rendering video problem

I started with importing the 4K video from my GoPro Hero5 Camera. While after the rendering process was done the video quality turned out really bad! I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong!

As you know Gopro records MP4 videos, but it seems iMovie does not like the way. The file type is a compressed output format, but not ideal for editing in NLE system. What’s more, 4K videos still cannot be well supported by most popular applications including iMovie mainly because of the ultra high video resolution. To solve those problems, the quick workaround is to transcode GoPro Hero5 4K files to iMovie natively supported formats (Apple InterMediate Codec is highly recommended). Along with some help from third-party software, it can be done effortlessly. Here I share a simple guide on how to convert GoPro videos for iMovie editing smoothly. If you’re facing the issues, read on to find the answer.

Downloading the App- Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac

Overall, the program is the best video converter for GoPro 4K footage. With this Gopro 4K video converter, you can effortlessly transcode Gopro Hero5 4K MP4 to AIC MOV, which will create an iMovie friendly file format keeping the original 4k quality or downsize 4K to 1080p as you want. Besides iMovie, this software can also export DNxHD for Avid, MPEG-2 for Premiere Pro/Element, ProRes for Final Cut Pro and more NLE systems for native editing. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to get the work done.

Convert/Import GoPro Hero5 4K MP4 files to iMovie

Step 1: Add Gopro MP4 video files

Install and launch the GoPro 4K Video converter and load source .mp4 clips to it. This video converter supports batch conversion.

Step 2: Choose output format

Click the Format column to select output format “iMovie and Final Cut Express > Apple Intermediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov)” as the best compatible video format for editing 4K in iMovie.

Tip — Profile 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.

Step 3: Start GoPro MP4 video conversion

Click “Convert” button to start encoding GoPro 4K MP4 video to AIC .mov for importing to iMovie on Mac(macOS Sierra). When the conversion task is finished, click “Open” button to get the exported files and then import the converted GoPro Hero5 4K files into iMovie to do further editing.

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