AVI files can be either shot by Sony digital camera, Flip video camera, or downloaded from the Internet. And importing AVI to iMovie can be a painful experience for many Mac users due to the format limitstaion of iMovie - only MOV, MP4, M4V, AVCHD files are accepted by this editing tool.
This article here offers you an easy solution to import AVI files to iMovie for editing. The following are the outline for the content. If you want to jump to a particular section, just click on the corresponding link.
Common problems of importing AVI to iMovie:
- Q: I imported AVI file to iMovie, and it goes through the copying process, but nothing showed 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 import my AVI video clips to iMovie, when play these AVI in iMovie, there's only image but no sound.
- Q: My AVI play smoothly in QuickTime, but AVI in iMovie, I get audio with no picture.
The main reason of the Problem:
iMovie only reads AVI that both the audio and the video were compressed by using a codec that iMovie can recognize. If iMovie can' t recognize your AVI video files, 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 would be converting the AVI files to an iMovie compatible format, like MOV, MP4, or M4V.
How to transfer/import AVI to iMovie on Mac OS X
Preparation: Free download Video Converter for Mac, install and launch it.
Step 1: Import AVI files- Drag & drop AVI files to the program. Or go to "File" menu, choose "Add Video" to locate the AVI files you want to add.
Step 2: Set the output format - Select "iMovie" from output format list, the preset is the optimized settings for iMovie.
Step 3: Convert- Click "Convert" button. AVI to iMovie Converter for Mac Lion will convert AVI files rapidly and the output file is ready for being imported to iMovie.
Step 4: Import AVI to iMovie freely- Launch iMovie, from the File menu, choose Import > movies, navigate to the folder that output AVI videos are saved. Select the files and click "Import".
After a few minutes, you can feel free to play/edit AVI files on iMovie. So easy, isn't it?