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iMovie MP4 - How to Solve iMovie Won't Import MP4 Files?

Convert MP4 to iMovie Video Format to Successfully Edit MP4 in iMovie 11/10/09/08/HD


Though iMovie announced to support MP4 files, sometimes we still encounter can't import MP4 into iMovie issue especially importing MP4 videos recorded from GoPro (HD), Sony (e.g. Sony Cyber-shot W730, Sony PMW-EX3), Hybrid camcorders and etc or importing Handbrake MP4 to iMovie. Why can't import MP4 files into iMovie? How to solve can't import MP4 to iMovie issue?

The following article will explain the reason why iMovie won't import MP4 files as well as provide the solution on how to successfully import all kinds of MP4 to iMovie 11, 10, 09, 08, HD on Mac OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion and Snow Leopard or import MP4 to iMovie for iPad, iPhone.

Why iMovie Won't Import MP4 Files?

Technically, iMovie does import MP4 video. However, iMovie only import MP4 files that are encoded with MPEG4/AAC or H.264/AAC data. And yet, MP4 is a video container format that may contain various audio and video codec (and sometimes even subtitle streams included). If the MP4 file is not encoded with iMovie support codec, iMovie will refuse to import this kind of MP4 video.

How to Solve Can't Import MP4 into iMovie?

In order to successfully import all kinds of MP4 files to iMovie, a recommended solution is to convert iMovie unrecognized MP4 to iMovie supported video format.

iDealshare VideoGo is just the right MP4 to iMovie Converter which can convert various MP4 to iMovie supported MPEG-4, H.264, MOV or DV. Besides converting MP4 to iMovie, iDealshare VideoGo also helps to convert other video formats including AVI, WMV, MPEG, VOB, MOV, AVCHD, MTS, M2T, M2TS, TOD, MOD, XAVC, FLV, MKV, SWF, 3GP, MVI, ASF and etc to iMovie video format.

Moreover, this ideal MP4 iMovie Converter tool also features advanced video editing function like trim, crop, rotate, merge, compress video/audio file size, increase sound volume, add or remove subtitles, add effect/watermark to video files, adjust video/audio bitrate, codec, frame rate, resolution, aspect ratio, sample rate, channels and etc.

How to Convert MP4 to iMovie?

The following will introduce a detailed guide on how to convert iMovie unsupported MP4 to iMovie supported one.

Make Preparation: Launch MP4 to iMovie Converter

Free download the ideal MP4 to iMovie Converter - iDealshare VideoGo (for Mac, for Windows), install and launch it, the following interface will pop up.

Tips: if you try to convert MP4 to iMovie on Mac, download the Mac version; if you try to convert MP4 to iMovie on Windows, download the Windows version.

MP4 to iMovie Converter - iDealshare VideoGo Mac Version

Step 1 Add iMovie unrecognized MP4 files

Click the "Add File" button to import your MP4 files that won't import to iMovie 11, 10, 9 etc. Or simply drag and drop the source MP4 files to the main window of the MP4 to iMovie Converter.

How to Convert MP4 to iMovie 10?

Step 2 Set iMovie supported video format

Click the "Profile" drop-down button to select iMovie supported video format like 'MP4 MPEG-4 Video(*.mp4)' or 'H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video(*.mp4)' from the "General Video" category.

To convert HD MP4 to iMovie 1080p video, select 'HD H.264 Video(*.mp4)' or 'HD MP4 MPEG-4 Video(*.mp4)' from the "HD Video" category.

Step 3 Edit MP4 files (Optional)

  • Click "Effect" button to add effect/subtitle/watermark to the MP4 files; or to trim, crop, rotate MP4 files, or to adjust image brightness, contrast, and saturation.
  • Click "Setting..." button to adjust the video/audio size, quality, codec, bitrate, sample rate, audio volume, audio channel.

Step 4 Convert MP4 to iMovie video format

Click "Convert" button to start converting MP4 to iMovie supported format.

After finish the MP4 to iMovie format conversion, you can click "Open Folder" button to get the converted MP4 files.


Simply import the converted MP4 to iMovie just as you import other video files to iMovie to successfully edit MP4 in iMovie.

As soon as you get the above ideal MP4 to iMovie Converter and follow the step by step guide, you'll never have to worry about the following imovie can't import mp4 troubleshooting:

  • iMovie '11 won't let me import my MP4 videos which are recorded from my GoPro HD 960. When I select File-->Import-->Movies and browse to the directory where I saved all the .mp4 files on my hard drive, they're all greyed out.
  • I'm trying to import MP4 into iMovie 10 only to find iMovie 10 refuse to import.
  • When I import an mp4 to imovie 11, only the audio is imported, without the visual.
  • iMovie can't import mp4 files? When I locate the MP4 files,I can see them listed, but they are grayed out and I can't select or import them.
  • iMovie won't import Handbrake converted MPEG-4 file format? I had VHS-C tapes converted to DVD recently. I want to edit the video using iMovie. So I use Handbrake to convert them to MPEG-4. However, iMovie doesn't recognize the converted MP4 files.
  • Though I have successfully import MP4 to iMovie, there is only video image but no sound.
  • I have recorded many 1080P MP4 video via Sony PMW-EX3 camera, when I import these MP4 projects to iMovie for editing but I always encounter importing problems.