How to import MPEG-2 video to iMovie

“I have a load of Mpeg-2 video that was encoded on my friends windows computer, is there an easy (and preferably free) way to import the video into iMovie without the quality degrading?”

Have you ever encounter such problems mentionded above? If you got some MPEG-2 files from digital camera or somewhere else, you may wanna open it with iMovie on our Mac to create some fantastic shows to share with your friends or family. But then an error appears: file import failure, audio going out of sync, or video but no audio when brought into the timeline. So, what’s the available way to ingest MPEG-2 videos to iMovie for further editing?

Since MPEG-2 is ideal for recording and playback, the high-compressed codec is not ideal for editing. Therefore you need to transcode MPEG-2 to iMovie compatible format. iMovie (no matter iMovie 11, iMovie 09, iMovie 08 or iMovie HD) works best with Apple InterMediate Codec, so the easy workaround to use MPEG-2 in iMovie is to convert MPEG-2 to AIC MOV for iMovie.

Actually, it’s not as difficult as you imagine. What’s need is a just a common video converter like Brorsoft Video Converter for Mac. By running it, there is no need to set the codec yourself: the Mac program has a optimized preset for iMovie. Besides iMovie, the program also exports ProRes for FCP, DNxHD for Avid, etc.

Guide: Converting MPEG-2 to iMovie on Mac(Yosemite included)

Step 1: Load the original mpeg-2 videos

Set up the Converter on Mac and run it. Click “Add” button on the main interface to load your MPEG-2 video clips. If necessary, you can click the button “Merge into one” to combine several videos into one file.

Step 2: Select output format

Click the format bar, and move mouse cursor to iMovie/FCE — > Apple InterMediate Codec(AIC) (*.mov). The output video seamlessly fits iMovie 11/iMovie 09/iMovie 08.

Tip: Furthermore, you are provided some useful edit functions cropping, trimming, adding watermark, attaching subtitles for pre-editing your video files so that you can simplify your iMovie editing.

Step 3: Start the MPEG-2 to iMovie Conversion

Finally, simply click the big Convert button to start the MPEG-2 to iMovie conversion. Just a few minutes, you make it.

After the conversion, click “Open” to locate the result videos and then launch iMovie,choose File > Import > Movies…, to import the converted MP4 video into iMovie; prepare for editing. You will find that it’s just a piece of cake to edit MPEG-2 files in iMovie.

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