Sep 092012
 

MP4 to iMovie on Mountain Lion – Easy Solve iMovie Won’t Import MP4 Files on Mac OS X 10.8

Why iMovie Won’t Import MP4 Files on Mountain Lion?

It’s not strange, though MP4 is a native supported video format by iMovie, you just can’t import some of the video clips in MP4 format into iMovie on Mountain Lion. The MP4 video files are listed, but they are grayed out and can’t be selected. Is MP4 supported by iMovie on Mountain Lion? If yes, why I failed to add MP4 to iMovie?

The answer is: iMovie should be able to import MP4 video if it uses the H.264 codec. Some MP4 file (like MPEG-4 files ripped from DVD by Handbrake) may contain number of audio, video, and even subtitle streams that won’t be supported by iMovie on Mountain Lion.

How to Successfully Import MP4 to iMovie on Mountain Lion?

There is no other options but to adjust MP4 to iMovie supported MP4 format in order to successfully import MP4 to iMovie on Mountain Lion. The article shows you how to convert MP4 to iMovie on Mac step by step with a professional iMovie Converter for Mac (Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion included). There’s no need to set any codec by yourself, iMovie Converter for Mac has a optimized preset for iMovie.

The article also applies to import MPEG, MPG, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MKV, MOV, AVI, WMV, AVCHD MTS, VOB, F4V, FLV, RMVB to iMovie on Mountain Lion

Preparation: Download Aiseesoft iMovie Converter for Mac. Install and Run it

Step 1: Load MP4 file

Press “Add Video” button to import your MP4 file. Or you can also drag your MP4 file directly to the main interface of Aiseesoft Video Converter for Mac.

4 Steps on how to convert and import MP4 to iMovie on Mountain Lion

Step 2: Set output format to iMovie Video MPEG-4

Click the drop-down button on the right side of the “Profile” button to select iMovie Video MPEG-4 output format.

Step 3: Convert MP4 to iMovie supported MPEG-4 format

Click “Convert” button to begin the MP4 to iMovie conversion on Mountain Lion.

Step 4: Import MP4 into iMovie on Mountain Lion

Start iMovie, and choose File > Import > Movies…. Then navigate to the folder where your converted MP4 file is located and select (highlight) the converted MP4 file. Create a new event and click “Import” button.

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