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iMovie AVI Incompatibility: How to Import AVI into iMovie?

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Updated on Aug 11, 2023

Can't import AVI files into iMovie? Don't worry. In this article, I will guide you through simple steps to resolve iMovie AVI incompatibility issues and import AVI to iMovie. Before start, it is recommended that you download this video converter first:

Part 1: Fail to Import AVI in iMovie? Does iMovie Support AVI?

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Q: I have an .avi file that I cannot get into iMovie. I have downloaded the DivX converter and player. Now the file will play in DivX, but I still cannot get it to iMovie. Can someone please help me to open .avi in iMovie?

A: The main cause of iMovie AVI incompatibility is that iMovie does not support certain codecs used in AVI files. Currently, iMovie only supports MPEG-4, H.264, Apple ProRes, MOV, MPEG-2, AVCHD, DV, and HDV file formats. However, AVI is usually encoded in DivX or Xvid and therefore is not supported by iMovie. The best and easiest solution to this problem is to convert AVI to a format supported by iMovie listed on the left.

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Part 2: Best solution for iMovie AVI Importing

WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro can help you convert any video to iMovie format to solve iMovie incompatibility issues. With just a couple of clicks, you can convert AVI to MP4, MOV (mpeg-4), and more formats supported by iMovie for smooth import. Now, learn how to convert AVI to iMovie format and how to import AVI to iMovie.

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Simple Tutorial on AVI to iMovie Conversion

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Add AVI files into the converter

Step 1: Add AVI Videos into the Converter

Run WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro and enter the Converter module, then click Add Files button to import the AVI videos you want to convert. It also allows you to directly drag and drop files into the main interface.

Choose an iMovie supported video format

Step 2: Choose iMovie Formats for Resolving iMovie AVI Incompatibility

Click the Output Format button on the right and click the Apple device tab. Then choose iMovie profile. Alternatively, you can choose a video format that is supported by iMovie under Video tab. Here, converting AVI to MOV is recommended, because MOV is the default import and export format of iMovie.

Convert AVI video to iMovie format

Step 3: Convert and Import AVI to iMovie

Press the ▼ button to choose an output folder. Finally, click Run button to convert AVI files to iMovie. At last, you can import AVI to iMovie successfully.

Part 3: Bonus Tutorial: How to Convert Video Codecs for Importing Videos to iMovie

How to edit video encoder

Sometimes if you find that iMovie can’t recognize a video that is in the iMovie supported format, you may need to check if there is any error with the video codecs and convert the codec to iMovie supported one.

1. Open WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro and import the video into it.

2. Select a video format in advance.

3. Click Parameter settings and change the video and audio encoder to an iMovie supported codec.

4. Hit Ok button to save your settings.

5. Click Run button on the main interface to finish the process of transcoding videos.

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